Fish Biryani

Fish (Machli) biryani recipe is a real joyance for fish lovers. Use fish in place of chicken in biryani and taste the fantastic delish. See how to make a tasteful fish biryani with a simple recipe by KFoods.

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Recommended By Chef 0:20 To Prep
0:45 To Cook 6 Servings
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Fish 1 kg
BOiled rIce ½ kg
Onion 250 gm
Tomatoes 375 gm
Ginger Garlic paste 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves ½ bunch
Mint leaves ½ bunch
Green chilies 6
Dried Plum 50 gm
Star anise 4
Green Cardamoms 4
Black Cardamoms 2
Cloves 4
Nutmeg & mace ½ tsp
Yellow color ¼ tsp
Biryani Essence few drops
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Black Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Black pepper powder 1 tsp
Chili powder 1 tbsp
Salt 1 ½ tsp
Oil 1 cup

How to make Fish Biryani


Heat 1 cup oil in pan, add 250 gm chopped onion and fry till golden brown.

Remove the brown onion and keep aside.

Add 1 kg fish cubes and fry well. Remove and keep aside.

In the remaining oil add 375 gm chopped tomatoes, 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste, 50 gm dried plum, 4 star anise, 4 green cardamoms, 2 black cardamoms, 4 cloves, ½ tsp nutmeg mace powder, ¼ tsp yellow color, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp black cumin, 1 tsp black pepper powder, 1 tbsp chili powder and 1 ½ tsp salt.

Cover and cook for few minutes till tomatoes are tender.

Now add 6 green chilies, ½ bunch of coriander leaves and ½ bunch of mint leaves. Also add fried fish cubes.

Now make a layer of boiled rice on top. Also spread green chilies, coriander leaves, mint leaves and few drops of biryani essence on top.

Simmer for 10 minutes till done. Dish it out and serve.

Fish biryani is eaten widely in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. In general, you can use meat of any assortment of fish. However at some places, biryanis are made with particular meat such as you had heard of salmon biryani, mackerel biryani, tilapia biryani and so on.

Some biryani recipes use chunks of fish whereas some are made with whole fish fillets. Tilapia fillet is often used to make a perfect machli biryani.

Some Bengali and Indian cuisines are very popular for Fish biryanis. You would often hear about Kerala, Hyderabadi, Malabar, Bangladeshi, Dhaka and North Indian style fish biriyani.

So try this recipe and enjoy a perfect dinner tonight.

Fish is a famous food item in Pakistan. Fish is processed and cooked accordingly in order to prepare different types of dishes. Biryani is although a frequently cooked dish in Pakistani homes, however many women do not know about cooking a fish biryani. Procedure is almost similar to general biryani recipes however it has additional spices for marination and cooking which are not a part of regular biryani.

Specific ingredients used in the recipe are star anise (badiyan), dried plums (khushk aloo bukhara), mint leaves (pudina), nutmeg and mace (jaifal or javitri), black cardamom (kali elaichi), green cardamom (sabz elaichi), chili, black pepper and coriander powder. All these spices plus fish meat, all make it up a very scrumptious biryani to have in the meal.

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Reviews & Comments (16)

Fish Biryani is very yummy food. It contains with fish and rice. Fish Biryani is available in many restaurants. Fish Biryani is most famous in Pakistan specially Karachi. I went with friends for this Fish Biryani in every weekend. But now, i prepare this Fish Biryani in home. Thank you,,,,

Mar 06, 2017 Zunaira Multan

ye ziada spicy hoti hai ya phiki phiki? mujhe pehle se taste ka andaza ho to phir mai banau kiyu keh mere ghar waly zara halki mirch ka khana khate hain agar ziada spicy ban gai to phir koi khaye ga hi nahi . or hamari shopping imtiaz se hoti hai to waha ja kar konsi fish purchase karen jo is recipe ke hisab se sahi ho..

May 17, 2016 Nasreen Karachi

Since the season of fish is over but I wouldn't mind having a delicious fish biryani..:) :) It is very yummy and scrumptious that I can eat it anytime. I also like prawn biryani. yes that's very tasty too and I welcome it too.

May 12, 2016 Rabia Shehnel Peshawar

Hi kfoods, hope all your team is fine. I am Nadia from Chinese city Macau. Since here in China, we are very short of halal foods, we do have to cook foods ourselves in our neat pots. We can't rely on the foods available at local restaurants here. I follow your website for newest recipe ideas. I am thankful to you for making it possible for us to cook halal foods in the country abroad. Sincerely, Nadia Macau, China

May 09, 2016 Nadia Macau - China

Recommended by Chef : what does it mean? I can see this recipe has been posted by Chef Rida Aftab, then what does it mean that Recommended. By the way is Rida coming these days in any cooking shows?

May 04, 2016 Afshan Lahore

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