Kerala Style Neimeen Biriyani/Malabar Fish Biriyani

Fish Biriyani is quite popular in Kerala  Malabar Muslim cuisine and it is served during marriages and festivals like Eid.This is yummy and spicy and a great combo with chammanthi and pickle.

Fish Biriyani (3)


  1. Neimeen (Seer fish) – 1/2 kg
  2. Kaima Rice(jeerakasala rice) – 1/2 kg
  3. Onion(medium) – 3
  4. Green chilly – 6
  5. Ginger paste- 1 tbsp
  6. Garlic paste – 1 1/2 tbsp
  7. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Tomato (chopped) –2
  9. Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  10. Grated Coconut (make a fine paste) – 1/2 of a coconut
  11. Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp
  12. Ghee – 2 tbsp
  13. Oil
  14. Salt
  15. Cashews – 8
  16. Raisins – 10
  17. Coriander leaves – 1 bunch
  18. Pudina leaves (chopped) – 1tbsp

Fish Biriyani (1)

For Preparing Fish Masala

  1. Marinate fish with turmeric powder,red chilly powder and salt .Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and fry fish pieces.
  2. Heat ghee in  a pan.Fry cashews and raisins and keep aside.Fry  1 chopped onion in the same ghee till golden brown. Keep aside for garnishing.
  3. In the same oil,saute the remaining chopped onion,ginger-garlic paste and once the raw smell goes, add chopped green chilly ,coriander leaves,pudina leaves,chopped tomatoes and garam masala powder.once it is done, add coconut paste to it and mix well.Add little warm water to it and simmer for 2 minutes.Finally add fried fish to the gravy and mix. While stirring, take care not to crumble the fish pieces.Cover and cook for 2 minutes to get the fish coated with the masala gravy.When the gravy becomes thick ,remove from fire.

For Preparing Rice

  1. Heat ghee in a pan.Light fry rice till crispy and add water double the quantity of rice to it.Add salt, and a pinch of turmeric powder to it.Cover and cook till rice is cooked well.

For Layering Biriyani

  1. Heat ghee in a  heavy bottomed pan.Layer the  fish masala on the base.Arrange the second layer with biriyani rice and sprinkle some garam masala over the rice.Repeat the process until everything is used up.
  2. Garnish with coriander leaves,fried raisins and cashews.
  3. Cover with a  tight lid and cook on  slow flame for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with raita,coconut  chammanthi, pappadam and pickle.

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  2. Rinku Naveen says:

    Yummy neymeen biriyani..

  3. saina jain says:

    Nice blog.Thankyou for your recipe.worked out.

  4. I tried it…wow..!!!!tasty dish..! Thank You so much for the recipe……

  5. shamna says:

    its yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy,i tried it,very good recipe….

  6. vaava says:

    Is jeerakasala rice same as jirasar rice?

  7. prajusha says:

    hi veena,
    Thanks for visiting my blog.Jeerakasala and jeerasar is different.Jeerakasala is aroamtic and it is the short grain rice which is commonly used for making biriyani in kerala.jeerasar is long grain basmathi rice.

  8. Great post…Really interesting recipe..Thanks for sharing it with us..

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