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Thalassery Fish Dhum Biriyani | Thalassery Meen Biriyani

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


  • 500 g Pomfret
  • 2 Tbsp Chilly powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt As required
  • 1 Tsp Lemon juice
  • 3 Cups Rice Biriyani rice
  • 4 Nos. Clove
  • 2 Pc. Cinnamon stick Small
  • 3 Nos Cardamom
  • 1/2 Tsp Sa jeerakam/caraway seeds
  • 4 Tbsp Oil
  • 3+1 Nos. Onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 Nos. Tomato
  • 5 Nos. Green chilly
  • 1 Tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam masala
  • Coriander leaves One hand full
  • Mint leaves Few
  • 2+1 Tbsp Ghee
  • 4 1/2 Cup Hot water For rice


  • 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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