Monday, September 23, 2013

Fish Biriyani


fish biriyani

Ingredients (serves for 2)


Basmati rice - 1 1/2 cups (1 cup size = 150 ml)
cloves -3
cardamom - 3
cinnamon - 3 -4 small sticks
bay leaves - 1
fennel seeds - 1 tsp
oil - 5 - 6 tsp
salt - as needed
big onion - 1
small tomato - 1
mint leaves - 1 fist full  + extra 2 tsp for garnishing
coriander leaves - 4 - 5 tsp
ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
chili powder - 3/4 tsp
green chili - 2
coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
garam masala - 1 1/2 tsp
curd - 3 tsp
food color - a pinch (optional)
pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
cashews - 2-3 nos

For marinating the fish:


Fish pieces - 8 (I used thilapia)
lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
vinegar - 1/4 tsp (optional)
salt - 1/4 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
chili powder - 1/2 tsp


Method:


  • soak basmati rice for 20 mins
  • heat a vessel with 3 tsp of oil and add 2 cloves, 2 cardamom, cashews and 2 cinnamon sticks
  • after a minute, add basmati rice
  • fry till the rice becomes non - sticky
  • pressure cook the rice with 2 1/2 cups of water. Give it a whistle
  • Spread the cooked rice in a big bowl and refrigerate it until use. 
  • Marinate the fish pieces with the items mentioned under marination section and refrigerate that too
  • cut the onions into thin slices and chop the tomato as well
  • heat a vessel with 3 tsp of oil and add fennel seeds, 1 cardamom, 1 clove, bay leaves and 1 cinnamon stick
  • add onions, green chili and then fist full of mint leaves
     
  • fry till the mint leaves gets shrunk. 
  • add ginger garlic paste and saute it till the raw smell goes off
  • add the chopped tomatoes and salt 
  • cook till the tomatoes become mushy
  • add red chili powder, coriander powder, pepper powder and garam masala
  • mix it well and then add curd
  • cook it for 2 - 3 mins and then add marinated fish pieces 
  • cook covered for 5 mins. Turn the fish pieces upside down and then cook it for 5 more mins. 
  • Once the fish gets cooked, switch off the flame
  • take a microwave safe bowl and spread a layer of cooked rice
  • spread a layer of fish masala over the rice
  • spread one more layer of rice and add chopped coriander + mint leaves on top of it
  • dissolve food color in 2 tsp of water and pour over the rice layer
     

  • repeat spreading the layers until you are out of rice and masala
  • microwave it for 4 mins.
  • mix the rice using a fork.
  • Serve hot with onion raita and fish fry

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