How to make Seafood Biryani -

The taste of this biryani is a class apart – simply traditionally quite a rich dish. It can be a full meal in itself, but can be served as part of a special meal/party. It originates from the kitchens of Nawabs and Mogul Emperors

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Main Ingredients : Fish fillet (फिश फिले), Prawns (medium) (मध्यम आकार के प्रॉन्स)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Rice

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Seafood Biryani

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History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Seafood Biryani Recipe

  • Fish fillet cubes 1 cup

  • Prawns (medium) shelled and deveined 1 cup

  • Clams 7-8

  • Basmati rice soaked 1 1/2 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Black cardamom 1

  • Black peppercorns 5-6

  • Star anise 1

  • Green cardamom 1

  • Cinnamon 1 inch

  • Blade mace 1

  • Ghee 3 tablespoons

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Biryani masala 3 teaspoons

  • Yogurt 1/2 cup

  • Fresh mint sprigs 8-10

  • Fresh coriander sprigs 10-12

  • Oil 1 tablespoon

  • Onions sliced 2 medium

  • Browned Onions 1 cup

  • saffron strands soaked in water 8-10


Step 1

Heat sufficient water in a deep non-stick pan. Add salt, black cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, green cardamom, cinnamon, mace and 1 tablespoon ghee and mix well.

Step 2

Put clams in hot water, remove the shell keeping the meat on one shell. Clean and set aside.

Step 3

Add rice to the pan, cover and cook till the rice is half done.

Step 4

Take fish, prawns and clams in a bowl. Add ginger-garlic paste, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, 2 teaspoons biryanimasala and yogurt and mix well.

Step 5

Chop some of the mint leaves and coriander leaves and add to the bowl.

Step 6

Heat 2 tablespoons ghee and oil in another non-stick pan. Add onions, mix and sauté till golden.

Step 7

Strain the cooked rice.

Step 8

Add 2 tablespoons browned onions to the seafood mixture.Add this mixture to the pan and mix lightly. Add the rice and mix lightly.

Step 9

Add saffron water, salt and remaining browned onions, remaining biryani masala, torn mint leaves and coriander leaves. Drizzle some ghee on the top and sprinkle some water, cover and place the pan on a flat non-stick pan and cook for 15 minutes or till the seafood is cooked.

Step 10

Serve hot.

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