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SailFish Biryani / Olameen Biryani using Pressure Cooker Method / Product Review on "FishandMeat" - 2

Here comes an another interesting recipe using Sail Fish / Olameen....

In my previous post, I had mentioned that the Sail fish / Olameen which I bought from "FishandMeat" looked like a boneless meat, so reserved few pieces after preparing Srilankan Spicy Fish Curry. The taste and texture of fish in a Srilankan curry made me to use the second batch of Sail fish in preparing a delicious and flavourful Biryani using Pressure cooker method. And I was not wrong, the biryani tasted so delicious and my family members loved the fish too.

As I had already mentioned about the service and quality of the "FishandMeat" product in my previous post, I would love to share few things about their webpage which I had missed earlier.

FishandMeat has wide varieties of fresh Seafood and Meat which are handpicked by them. It is then processed and stored in the most hygiene conditions.  Live chat section is also provided on their webpage to guide and assist their customers.

Apart from webpage, FishandMeat Application is also available for a comfortable order which can be downloaded from Playstore or Appstore. 

In addition, they also deliver Ready to cook products like Telangana Chicken Fry, Lemon Garlic Fish, Grandmas Fish Fry etc. 

My today's recipe using Sail fish is a flavourful spicy biryani using pressure cooker method. This one pot meal pairs excellent with onion raita or any varieties of raita. The freshly ground masala enhances the taste and flavour of the biryani. The fish pieces are marinated with a regular masala and seared in a cooker to avoid breaking into pieces while cooking. The fish pieces can also be seared in a different pan but the flavour gets enhanced when done in a same pressure cooker in which Biryani is prepared. This biryani tastes little spicy as it contains red chilli powder in the marination and pepper corns along with green chillies and red chilli in the biryani. So, adjust the quantity of the pepper corns and red chilli according to taste bud.

                                               The marinated fish looks amazing right ;) 

Ingredients :

250 gms Sail Fish / Olameen pieces 
1 Big Onion, Sliced 
2 Green chillies, sliced 
Few Mint leaves 
Mint Coriander leaves 
2 Tomato ( Medium Size, grind into fine paste ) 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1 Tsp Coriander powder 
1 Cup Basmati Rice 
4 Tbsp Oil 
2 Bay leaves 
2 Elachi 
2 Cloves 
2 inch Cinnamon stick 
1 Star anise 
Salt to taste 
1 1/4 Cups Water 

To Marinate Fish :

1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 Tsp Red chilli powder 
1/2 Tsp Cumin powder 
1/2 Tsp Coriander powder 
Salt to taste 

To Grind :

1 Onion, chopped 
1 Tbsp Ginger garlic paste 
1 Dry red chilli 
1 Tsp Pepper corns 
Few Coriander leaves

Method :

Wash the fish pieces and marinate it using the given ingredients in "To Marinate Fish" for 30 minutes.
Wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes. 

Grind the given ingredients in "To grind" into fine paste and keep aside. 

Heat pressure cooker and 2 tbsp oil.

Sear the marinated fish for couple of minutes both the sides and remove from the flame. 

Now add the remaining oil followed by bay leaves, star anise, elachi and cloves. 

Add few mint leaves followed by sliced onions and green chillies. 

Saute till the onion turns light brown colour and add the ground onion paste. 

Saute till the raw smell of ginger - garlic paste goes off and the onion gravy becomes light brown colour. 

Now add tomato paste followed by turmeric powder and coriander powder. 

Add 2 tbsp water and cook till the oil separates from the masala. 

Place the seared fish in the masala and cook for another couple of minutes in a low flame. 

Meanwhile, drain the water from rice and keep aside. 

Now add measured water along with the soaked rice and required amount of salt. 

Close it with a lid and cook for 2 whistles in a high flame. 

Simmer the flame to medium and cook it for 1 whistle. 

Once done, switch off the flame and wait till the pressure releases completely. 

Carefully remove the fish pieces and add few coriander - mint leaves. 

Gently mix it without breaking the rice and serve with fish.

Serve hot. 

Serving Options :

Serve with Onion Raita. 

Note :

Adjust red chillies and pepper corns according to the taste bud. 


  1. That is such a thick steak of fish so apt for pressure cooking! I am scared to do it for fish, since they just crumble into the rice. The biriyani looks lipsmacking...

  2. Yummy biriyani..mouthwatering


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