Thalassery Fish Dum Biriyani | Thalassery Meen Biriyani


Thalassery Fish Dum Biriyani is a unique and distinct dish very popularly served for festive occasions in Malabar region of Kerala. In kerala, Biriyani is a must have main dish for all special occasions. Without a rich Biriyani, a grand party would be incomplete. You can spot exotic and very flavorful biriyani dishes in Malabar region of Kerala. Thalassery Fish Dum Biriyani is one such dish prepared using Khaima/Jeerakasala rice. King Fish/Neymmeen/pomfret or any other fleshy fish can be used for making Thalassery Fish Dum Biriyani. The perfect blend of marinated fish, aromatic rice and selected spices makes it lip-smackingly delicious. Thalassery Meen Biriyani is unique and special with cooked rice and fish masala layered alternatively and cooked in Dum. This is a wholesome and nutritious dish served with mint chutney, papad and pickle. Fish biriyanis are preferred to meat dishes in recent trends.

Thalassery Meen Biriyani is a delicious and authentic dish specially served for all joyous occasions. This is one of the tastiest biriyani dishes that can be easily prepared at home. Biriyani has always been a comfort food for me and mutton/lamb and fish biriyanis are my favorite. Thalassery Fish Dum Biriyani is the most trending recent dish in the whole world. You can spot the exotic dish in top rated hotels and restaurants worldwide. The easy, fast and tasty biriyani dish is simply yummy. You will find millions flocking for the dish. Fish is nutritious and rich in vital nutrients required for your body. Thalassery Fish Dum Biriyani that has its origin in Thalassery, a small town located in Kannur region, is a nostalgic dish I have loved through my whole life. You can explore a well detailed Thalassery Meen Biriyani recipe here that can be easily prepared at home. One more biryani recipe is getting ready in the back stage.


Thalassery Fish Dhum Biriyani | Thalassery Meen Biriyani

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 People



  • Marinate the fish pieces in red chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt and lemon juice with required water.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry each sides of fish.
  • Heat oil in a large pan and fry 1 thinly sliced onion till golden brown in colour. Convert it into a plate. Now we have to prepare the biriyani rice.
  • Now we add all the spices into the hot oil and add drained rice.
  • Roast the rice for 4-5 minutes in medium to high flame.
  • Once rice is roasted a bit, quickly add boiled water, give a stir and close with a lid. Let it cook. Also add 1 tsp of lime juice and chopped carrot to this.
  • In the mean time, heat oil in a pan and fry onion until soft.
  • Then add crushed ginger garlic green chilly. Saute until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes become soft. On the other hand check rice, when it's done off the flame. Take care that rice is not overcooked.
  • Now add pepper powder, garam masala and salt as required. Saute for a minute.
  • Add fish pieces. Don't stir as it will break the fish.
  • Just mix by putting masala on top of fish. Add chopped coriander leaves to this and close lid for 1 minute. After that off flame.
  • Mix chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves and fried onion with 1/2 tsp garam masala.
  • Now start layering rice over the fish masala. We are going to dhum the biriyani. Layer half of the biriyani rice over it.
  • Sprinkle the half of fried onion mix and 1 tbsp yellow colour mixture(1/4 cup milk+1/4 tsp turmeric powder)
  • Layer the remaining cooked rice, fried onion, colour and 2 tbsp ghee over it.
  • Close the lid tightly and heat for 5 minutes.(low flame)
  • Delicious Thalassery biriyani is ready now.


You can visit this link for a delicious accompaniment with biriyani Onion Tomato Raitha. You can also visit this link for a lip smacking pickle Mango Pickle.
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Response (2)
  1. Z
    Zaina January 23, 2021

    Super thalassery fish biryani, thanks for the recipe adeela.

    1. A
      Adeela Shamnas January 26, 2021

      Thanx dear for your valuable feedback

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