Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Calcutta/Kolkata Fish Biryani

fish biryani

WELCOMING 2012 with this delicious Kolkata Fish Biriyani . 
The third in the list of famous Biryanis, Calcutta/Kolkata biryani evolved from the Lucknow style when Wajid Ali Shah, the last nawab of Awadh was exiled in 1856 to the Kolkata suburb of Metiaburj. He brought his personal Chef with him as he was very particular about his food. Due to recession at that point of time potato had been used instead of meat/fish. Later on that  became a specialty of Calcutta Biryani, though meat/fish is also served along with it.  As compared to other Biryanis Calcutta/Kolkata biryani is much lighter on spices . Even my daughter could enjoy it :-) 

calcutta fish biryani

I was inspired by ashmita's space to prepare this biryani. I have kept almost the same ingredients, but used my own methods to prepare the dish. I had plans to use Pomfret initially, but my father got a 5 lbs. Silver Carp today, so used that instead. 

Preparation time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 45 to 50 minutes
Serves : 4 to 5

kolkata fish biryani

Ingredients :
  • 2 and 1/2 cups  long grained rice (Basmati rice)
  • 5 pieces Silver Carp ( can use any fish of your choice, preferably any oily fish)
  • 2 large onions, chopped lengthwise
  • 2 large potatoes, cut into quarter
  • 1, 1" cinnamon
  • 1 Black cardamom
  • 2 Green cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 Anise seed
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3/4th tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 tsp Mace powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 pinch Saffron (can also use yellow/orange color)
  • 1 n 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp kewra water
  • 2 n 1/2 tbsp Ghee
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • Coriander leaves,  to garnish

making fish biryani

Preparation :
  • Marinade the Fish pieces with salt, a pinch of turmeric powder, cumin powder ,red chili powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice , keep aside for 10 to 15  minutes.  In the mean time, boil the potatoes, till it becomes a bit tender. Keep aside.
  • Next heat 2 tbsp of ghee and fry the Bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, anise seed , once fragrant, add rice and fry with all the spices for a minute. Add salt and water and boil till the rice is 90% cooked. 
  • In the mean time, heat 2 tbsp of oil in a wide bottomed pan and fry the fish pieces to a light golden brown color on both the sides.Keep aside. 
  • Next fry half of the cut onion to a golden brown color in 1 tbsp of oil , keep aside.
  • In the same pan, heat one more tbsp of oil , add the rest of the onion and fry till translucent, next add the half boiled  potatoes, salt and turmeric powder, sprinkle a little water and let cook covered till the potatoes are fully done. Take out from the heat, keep aside.
  • Grease a wide flat bottomed, non stick skillet with ghee . Divide the rice into two halves. Add one half of the rice to the pan and spread out with a ladle to make a bed.
  • Sprinkle sugar , mace powder and nutmeg powder on the rice bed. In a spoonful of warm milk, add two pinches of saffron and drizzle half of it on the rice. Add half of the fried potatoes with onion and reserve the rest for the next step. 
  • Next add the remaining rice on top and spread out in all directions to make a bed . Pour a cup of milk on the rice. Drizzle the rest of the saffron milk , add the remaining fried potato, fried onion, and the fish pieces. Lastly add a tbsp of kewra water. Let cook covered on low heat for 12 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle a tbsp of lemon juice before removing from heat.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with Raita and Papad.

fish biryani

Sending this dish for the event Royal Feast Biriyani hosted by Reva

fish biryani event
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  1. cant resist....super biriyani...perfectly done superb dear

  2. wow..what a perfect briyani..ur kid looks so cute

  3. Lovely biriyani... Drooling here :)

  4. Fish biriyani is my favourite type of biriyani. I usually use Kingfish. Ur biriyani looks perfect.

  5. delicious looking biryani lovely flavourful dish

  6. wow dear it sure looks gud and i can see that the princess is pleased...wishg u all a happy new year

  7. Very very beautifully done the photos are perfect!

  8. super tempting biryani tempts me a lot,mouthwatering here..wishing you and your family happy new year 2012.

  9. Super tasty and attractive and my favorite biryani

  10. Looks irresistible..delicious fish biryani..

  11. Perfectly made delicious biryani...

  12. super delicious biryani..perfectly done!!

  13. Nice and yummy fidh biryani !! very tempting too !!

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  14. Your daughter is very delightfully eating the fish biryani.

  15. veru nice recipe...biryani looks inviting...liked all your pictures...
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  16. Hi Sonali,

    Thank you for the follow. I love you blog it is very nice. Keep up the good work.


  17. Wow your recipes are very authentic, reminding me of India! Lovely spicy seafood, very cool blog!

    Happy New Year, Preena

  18. Fish briyani is a good chance at time compared to chicken and lamb. This looks so appetizing and my hubby will finish all of it because he simply loves fish.

  19. Biryani looks gorgeous... Yummy one Sonali

  20. hi sonali, Happy new year! thank you for your visit and nice to know you too! would like to drop by here more often to learn about indian cooking!

  21. That biryani looks mouthwatering! A splenid dish.

    Happy New Year!



  22. Really really looks mouth watering !!!! Love the vibrant color of the dish , too !

  23. Lovely fish briyani! Not yet hav chances to eat fish briyani .. Super creative menus from fish. Well done. 1st time also visitng ur space. Nice blog n i like it. Tq

  24. Yum yum,wat an irresistible briyani,makes me hungry..

  25. The biryani looks most tempting and appetizing. I like the idea of fish/prawns/egg in biryani more than meat. Your daughter looks really cute in that pic. :o)

  26. Fish Biryani sounds very great. I have never tried it. Interestingly today I also posted a fish recipe cooked in a Bengali way :)

  27. wow this luks yumm... Should try this out soon :)

  28. I cannot resist myself seeing the spicy, yummy and delicious fish biryani.

  29. Hi Sonali,
    I want to wish you and all your dear ones a very happy new year 2012!
    Ami tomar hometown thekey so I thought why not communicate with you in our mother tongue. Tomar blog bhishon delicious arr mainly eta bodhay protek banagalir kache ekta gorber bishoy jabhabe tumi amader sobar priyo manch er dish bonaccho!
    Kache theko pashe theko arr khub bhalo theko bondhu nutun bochere!

  30. I love biriyani and this looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing :)

  31. Yummilicious n delicious biriyani !!
    Wishing you a Happy 2012 !!

    Erivum Puliyum

  32. Delicious and mouth watering Biryani!!! esp Love the Color Spread in this...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  34. irreistable mouthwatering biriyani..seriously i m drooling :)

  35. This looks so good and appetizing! Thanks for sharing dear...

  36. never tried fish biryani! this looks good hubby would love it!
    Happy new Year!

  37. I wish I could try some fish biryani as I am a big fan of biryani. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  38. lovely sumptuous mouthwatering recipe...biryani is my favourites anytime... coupling with fish surely looks adventurous and will be something tongue-tickling.

  39. Love all the spices in this! Your daughter is adorable!

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  42. Your biryani made me drool. I am a sucker for fish. SO I am gonna be regular on your blog. Love it great work

  43. wow super fish biriyani,
    very delicious


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