Kerala Style Malabar Fish Biriyani Recipe

Learn how to make traditional Malabar (Northern Kerala) style Fish biriyani recipe. Fish cooked in spices layered between rices and flavoured with coriander and mint leaves.

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  • This receipe looks good. I will try and let you know. I think you can try with prawns in the same fish masala.

    • Hi Susmitha,

      I’m not very sure about the substitutes. If it’s not available, you can omit it and it still tastes great. I dont get poppy seed here, so I usually make this without poppy seed.


  • maria

    i tried ur fish biriyani today…today was my husbands bday…he loved it…so did the rest of us…i didnt bake it in oven, instead steamed it…but was good…mummy n i made it together…she told to tell u that it came out well…

    was so hungry by the time we made that photos click cheyaan ellarum maranu poyi :)

    this is the first time we are making a fish biriyani, eating one n infact seein one also….

    thanks & regs

    • Hi Sujitha,

      Hope you had a great day with your family. Belated b’day wishes to your husband.

      Next time undakkumbo foto eduthu ayachu thannal mathi :)


  • hello dear….I tried this and it came out really good. I also spinkled orange colored water (food color) in between layers to give the rice a colorful look….

    I also tried your stuffed buns…

    I am a frequent visitor to your site now..and I have to tell u…the recipies r really amazing…Keep going…

    • Hi Anjali,

      How are you? long time…

      Thanks a ton dear for taking the recipes from here :) I’m really happy that you like it.

      Take care…


  • Hi Maria,

    This is the first time I’m visiting your website. I tried chilli fish and chicken biryani and they turned out delicious. The recipies in your site are just awesome and easy to prepare, as you suggest with easily accessible ingredients. Keep coming up with lot more…

    God bless!

    Ruby Sujay

    • Hi Ruby,

      Thank you so much for dropping in and also for trying out the recipes from here. I’m so happy to know that you liked it.

      Thanks again for your wishes and wish you the very best!!

      Happy cooking :)


  • Hai Maria,,

    Your fish biriyani and veg pulav are awesome,,
    But I would like to get a receipe of mutton/chicken biriyani w/ less oil..
    Can you add these in your list..


    • Hi Hema,

      Nice to know that you like fish biriyani & veg pulao recipe posted here.

      About less oil version of mutton/chicken biriyani, you can use the recipe posted here. But reduce the qty of oil to minimum. Hope that helps…


  • hi maria,
    i tried your fish biriyani last sunday, it was excellent.   I got good comments from my in-laws. 

  • Hi Maria

    I am becoming a big fan of all your recipes and seem to come back for more. When you say 1 cup of rice, what is the quantity you mean- is it 150 ml/gms ?!

  • hi maria, i want to thank you soo much for this amazing recipe… yesterday i made fis biriyani for the first time and guess what my husband still cant stop talking about it… praises for my biriyani has already reached both our homes !!! i’m so happy today and he has already asked me to make it again today !! i wanted to let you u know that i added mint and coriander paste too… thank you soo much maria….all the credit goes to you !!! keep up the good work :-)

  • hi mariya,is there any thing i can use instead of poppy seeds as it is banned in my place,thank you

    • Hi Geethu,

      You can skip it or just add a bit extra cashew nuts and follow the recipe.
      Hope the biriyani comes out well for you. All the best!


  • Just wanted to point out that the ingredient list doesn’t mention coriander or mint leaves, but the recipe does.

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