Think biryani and we instantly picture a smashing combination of rice, meat and fragrant spices. And Biryani, traditionally, is essentially all things meaty. However, over a period of time the Middle-Eastern dish has gotten many makeovers, meat was replaced with soya, kathal, paneer and what not. In South India, where the dish is immensely popular (who has not heard of Hyderbadi Biryani after all), biryani has been experimented with a lot. From Ambur biryani, Bhatkali biryani, Beary Biryani to Kozhikode Biryani, there are many more varieties of Biryani that come from the Southern part of our nation. One such South Indian Biryani that has all our heart is Malabar fish biryani. Fish tossed in a spicy masala intermixed with rice makes for a hearty combination, something that you could consider for a special lunch or dinner. If you love fish, and like experimenting beyond the usual fish curries, you are sure to like this delectable preparation.
This biryani is made with the ever-so-delicious seer fish. The sea fish is lightly fried in the tantalizing combination of onions, ghee and raisins. But wait, it gets much richer as you proceed. Later in a heavy bottom vessel, you would need to sautee some onion paste in oil, mix it up with crushed ginger, garlic and chillies. And then some tomatoes and yogurt, add fried fish in this masala and saute; until the fish is nicely coated. Finish it off with lemon juice.
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For the rice, heat ghee and add chopped onion, cardamoms, cinnamon and washed rice. Cook on high flame till water evaporates. Once the rice is done, it is time for layering. In a heavy-bottom vessel, place one layer of rice, then another layer of fish, then another layer of rice and so on.
Slurping, aren't you? Well so are we. And while we cannot control our urge to cook this now and gobble it all by ourselves, why don't you do the same by following this step-by-step recipe of Malabar or Kerala fish biryani. We promise this is nothing like anything you have had before.
So, try this all-time-favourite recipe at home and let us know how you liked it in the comments section below.
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