Bengali Biryani

Bengali Biryani - A delicious Biryani recipe cooked in Bengali Style. In Bengal Biryani is made along with fishes like Hilsa, trout etc. You can use chicken or any other type of fish to make this recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

* Basmati Rice - 500g
* Fish (hilsa) - 1kg
* Desi Ghee (Clarified Butter) - 3 tbsp
* Onions (chopped) - 2
* Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
* Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
* Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
* Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
* Black Pepper - 1/2 tsp
* Bay Leaf - 1
* Cardamom (green) - 4
* Cinnamon 1/2 " - 2
* Cloves - 4
* Garam Masala - 1 tsp
* Yogurt - 1 cup
* Salt to taste
* Water - 2 cups


First wash, clean and dry the fish completely and slice them into pieces. Take yogurt in a bowl and mix turmeric powder, red chilli powder, black pepper, cumin powder, salt (1/2 tsp) and ginger garlic paste (1/2 tsp). Mix all these ingredients well and apply this marinate on the fish pieces. Leave the pieces aside for 1 hour.

Take a broad base pan and heat desi ghee in it. Once it is hot sauté onions in it. As they turn little brown add cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Sauté for a minute or so then add rice, water, salt (1 tsp), garam masala and bay leaf. Cover the pan with a lid and bring to a boil over low to medium flame.

As the water gets absorbed and rice is almost cooked take our half the quantity of rice. Arrange the fish pieces over the rice in the pan and cove with the rice removed earlier.

Close and cover the pan with the lid (ensure no steam comes out from the sides. You can use dough to close the edges to seal it properly). Cook on slow flame for 30 minutes more.

Serve hot along with Cholar Dal or Dimer Dalna.

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