Recipe for Fish Biryani

Ingredients: 1 kg fish fillets-cut into 1 1/2 " cubes2 tbsp oil1 cup onions-grated1 tsp ginger paste1 tsp garlic paste1 tsp cumin seeds1 tsp garam masala1 tbsp coriander powder1 tsp chilli powder1 tsp turmeric powder1 1/2 tsp salt1 cup hung yogurt1 cup coriander leaves-choppedgreen chillies to taste-finely chopped1 tsp biryani masala1/3 cup browned onionsFor the rice2 cup rice-cleaned and washed2 tsp oil4 cloves4 peppercorns1 cinnamon-broken4 green cardamoms1 tsp salt3 cups hot watersaffron or color mixed in 1 cup warm milk

Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they splutter, add onions and ginger-garlic pastes. Stir fry till fat separates. Add the garam masala, coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and yogurt and saut?ill fat separates.Mix in the fish and cook over high heat till opaque. Mix in the browned onions, coriander, green chillies and biryani masala.To make the rice, heat oil and add cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon and cardamoms. When they darken a bit, add rice, water and salt. Mix well and cook till rice is tender but still holds its shape. To serve, put the fish layer at the bottom of the dish, cover with the rice and sprinkle the rice milk mixture. Keep in an oven or over low heat, over a tawa for about 15 minutes. Mix to break up the layers and serve.

Recipe By: Niru Gupta (Indian)

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