Seafood Biriyani / Mixed Seafood Biriyani


2 cups basmati rice
3 cups of hot water
1 cup prawns, cleaned
5-6 king fish pieces
1/2-1 cup squid , cut into rings
4-5 onions, sliced
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 tbsp garlic paste
6-7 green chillies, crushed
2 big tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup coriander leaves
1/4 cup mint leaves
1 1/2-2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
3 cloves
3 cardamoms
2 piece cinnamon
1 bay leaf
3-4 tbsp ghee
salt to taste


For Rice:

  1. Wash and drain the rice. Heat ghee in a wide thick bottomed pan, add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves,bay leaves and 1 sliced onion and saute till transparent.
  2. Add drained rice and saute for 2-3 minutes in low-medium flame. To this add boiling water and salt and cook till rice is done. Keep it aside.
For Masala:
  1. Marinate cleaned prawns , king fish pieces and squid pieces in  separate bowls with  chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the marinated prawns, king fish pieces and squids and keep it aside.
  3. In a large thick pan, add 3 tbsp oil and add 4 sliced onions and saute till transparent.
  4. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and crushed green chillies and saute well.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and salt and saute well till soft.
  6. Add chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves and 1/2 tsp garam masala and mix well.
  7. Then add fried prawns, king fish pieces and squids and mix well and cook covered on low flame for 4-5 minutes.
For Layering:
  1. Add cooked rice on top of the prepared masala. 
  2. Mix little yellow food color with 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice and sprinkle over the rice. Add 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1 tbsp ghee, chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves.
  3. Close with a tight lid and cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes. 
  4. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with raita, pickle and pappadum….
Recipe Source: Asianet Cookery


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