Prep Time
25 minutes

Cook Time
30 minutes

6-8 people

Fish Biryani is on the menu today.  YAY!

If some one who was not into cooking asked me what is Biryani? I would explain it to them, as a delicious tasty dish made with various meats or fish, mixed with spicy rice and a blend of spice.


To start this delicious meal we will need the following ingredients:
Today the fish we will be using is fresh Dorado (AKA Mahi-mahi).You can use fresh Hake or any other firm white fish 



  • 800g fresh Dorado.
  • Oil for frying.
  • 2 Tbsp.(30g) Fish Masala.
  • 750ml (3 cups)Basmati rice.
  • 250ml Brown Lentils.
  • 45m(3Tbsp.)Olive oil.
  • 4 Onions peeled and chopped.
  • Salt and Pepper.


  • 250ml (1 cup) buttermilk.
  • 1 can (410g) chopped tomato's.
  • 2 handfuls fresh Dhania (Coriander) chopped.
  • Cinnamon sticks.
  • 3 Cardamom pods.
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and chopped.
  • 1 Star Anise.
  • 2-3 whole dried red chilies
  • 7 ml (1½ tsp.) salt.
  •  ml (2 tsp.) chili powder.
  • 30 ml (2Tbsp.) fish Masala.
  • 10 ml (2 tsp.) ground Cumin.
  • 1 ml (¼ tsp.) Turmeric.
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons.
  • You will also need, when its time to serve this mouth watering Biryani:
  • 45ml (3 Tbsp.) butter diced.
  • Fresh Dhania (coriander).
  • Plain Yoghurt.
  • Sambals of chopped spring Onions and Tomato's.

  • Pre heat oven to 150°c (300°F).
  • Season fish with salt, pepper and fish Masala.
  • Shallow fry for1-2 minutes and then set aside.
  • Cook rice and lentils according to instruction on packet.
  • Using the Olive oil fry onions until translucent.
  • Set aside for later.

  • Mix all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

    Putting it all together.
  • Assemble in a large oven proof dish.
  • Start by a layer of onions, followed by Rice, Lentils, marinade and a few pieces of fish.
  • Repeat the layers reserving enough rice to end with a good cover of rice.
  • Randomly place the top with the butter.
  • Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 60 minutes.
Cucumber and Tomatoe Salad


  • Using oven gloves remove the Biryani from oven.
  • Garnish with Dhania.
  • Serve with a dollop of plain Yoghurt and sambals.
  • Serve with Yoghurt and cucumber salad. 

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