Thursday, October 21, 2010

Easy and Tasty Mushroom Biryani

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Biryani is a delicious Indian rice dish which is often reserved for very special occasions such as weddings, parties, or festive occasions. For biriyani long grain rice (Basmati) is used. Ghee(clarified butter) is used to give it a nice rich flavor. Traditionally it has a lengthy preparation, normally rice and veggies are cooked 70 % separately and then cooked together for the remaining 30% in oven or stove on minimum flame. The purpose of this procedure is to infuse the flavors within the rice.

But sometimes I prefer to make it the easier way with minimum risk. To get the flavors into the rice I cook the biryani and let it sit for 5 hours before serving. This will ensure all the spices infuse the rice.

Biryani is a perfect one pot meal for all occasions .


For cooking rice
  • 2 cups basmati rice (soaked for 1 hr)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 fist of mint leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
To marinate veggies
  • 2 cup mushrooms(cut to half if big mushroom)
  • 1/2 cup small cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 cup beans
  • 1/2 cup diced potatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 2 green chilles
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
For Biryani
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cloves
  • 6-7 black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 2 cardamom (peeled and crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashew
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp ghee
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Step 1 - Cooking the rice

Wash and soak the rice with 6-7 cups water for 1 hour.After one hr drain the water completely and keep aside.

In a rice cooker bowl 5 cups of water when it starts boiling add cloves,bay leaf,cinnamon stick,mint leaves,oil and salt to it.Now add the soaked rice to it.And mix nicely and let it cook.Once it cooks take the lid off and slowly stir it to seperate the rice grains.

Step 2 - Marinating the Veggies and Mushrooms

In a big bowl mix all the vegetables expect mushrooms with 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste,1/4 tsp turmeric powder,1/4 cup mint leaves and 1/8 cup colantro and 1 tsp dhania powder, 1/2 tsp chilli powder. Cover and let it sit for 30 min.

In another bowl take mushrooms and mix it with the remaining 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste,1/4 tsp turmeric powder,1/4 cup mint leaves and 1/8 cup colantro and 1 tsp dhania powder, 1/2 tsp chilli powder. Cover and let it sit for 30 min.

Step 3 - Preparing the Biryani

Heat oil and ghee in a pan,add all the whole spices mentioned for biriyani and once cumin seed splutter add the cashew and after 1 min add the onions and let it fry till it it turns golden brown, then add chilli powder and coriander powder and then add the tomatoes and saute for a min.

Then add the marinated veggies and let it cook, once it cook 2/3 rd add the mushrooms with salt to taste. Let it cook till all veggies become tender. Now add the curd and cook in low flame let the gravy thicken.

Once all water evaporates add the cooked rice and mix softly and cover and let sit on low flame for 10 min. Stir occasionally every 3 min and your mushroom biriyani is ready. Serve with raitha

  1. If you using pressure cooker to cook rice add 3 cups of water to 2 cups rice.

  2. Soak rice for 1 hr before starting cooking,to save time while boiling the water begin the marination process for the veggies.

  3. If you are planning to make biryani for a party, to get better taste, prepare the biryani on previous day, once it cool refridgerate it and next day just warm it before serving. This will taste better because all the spices will infuse the rice.This will also give u lot of free time before the party.

  4. If you want the biryani to be more spicy you can adjust the chilli powder according to your convenience.
I am sending this yummy biryani to CMT- Rice hosted by Priya started by Jagruti.
Tags: Biryani, Mushroom, Vegetable Biryani, Easy Recipe, Rice Recipe


Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

wow - yum!

Amritha Kalyani said...

Hey satya,, First of all your biryani looks so delicious and great explanation. i love it.. secondly thanks a lot for informing about my posts not getting updated in ur list. I have informed the team. Hopefully it will get done. Wonder how many i would have missed :-( thanks for your support:-)

jeyashrisuresh said...

mushrooms in biryanilooks nice

Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Lovely Biriyani and great tips. Thank You.

Priya Sreeram said...

the biryani looks soooooo very tempting and delicios. u have explained it in such a lovely way satya and the pics r fab! :)

veena krishnakumar said...

Briyani looks too good Lavanya. Just wondering what i could substitute for mushroom. we don't eat mushrooms:-(

Anonymous said...

Perfect biryani ....very healthy with all the veggies..yum

anamika said...

Amazing Satya,, I am so fond of mushrooms:)

Sharmilee! :) said...

I luv mushrooms...biriyani sounds like a nice idea...looks so flavourful n tasty

Adelina said...

Wow- how can you go wrong with all those flavours!!! Such a beautiful...and complicated dish!

Preethi Sriram said...

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Paaka Shaale said...

That's a very nice briyani recipe satya :)

Shalini said...

i never say no to mushrooms. just love mushroom biryanis. looks super tasty.

indianspicemagic said...

Very healthy briyani...

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Delicious mushroom biriyani!

notyet100 said...

even i prepared biryani yesterday,ur version looks yum

Bharathy said...

Wow!this is one yummilicious one pot meal!had tried mushroom pulao and we are in love with it!this should taste sooper!lovely (elaborately perfect..:)) recipe!

Kurinji said...

Looks so tempting...

Anonymous said...

One more yummy recipe! This blog is well-named!!
Biryani is one of my favourite dish rice ever since I first tasted it!

Pari said...

I love one pot meals and hassle free biryani...who would say no?
Looks really good.

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Priya said...

Thats a great looking briyani Satya, love mushrooms in briyani and love their meaty aspect while having..Hope u will send this rice CMT-rice event going in my space..

Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes

An Open Book said...

looks tasteeee

Mimosa Café said...

hello biryani looks really tasteful.
i have a question to ask. i have a pack of methi dana which came to me from india but i have no idea what it is and what i can use it for. would be thankful if you can reccommend me what to do with that. thanks!

Umm Mymoonah said...

That looks very yummy.

Nandini said...

The biryani is very filling and nice! Slurp! Spicy too!

chaitrali pathak said...

biryani looks superbly delicious....and tasty...

Prathima Rao said...

I have an ward waiting for u in my blog...Do drop in to collect it... :)

Ms.Chitchat said...

Nice biryani,loved the ingredients that went to make this tasty dish.

ayushthecook said...

that does sound easy!!


Kirby said...

This sounds so good!!!

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

yummy biriyani..

Priya (elaichii) said...

You are making me hungry, lovely biriyani!

Elisabeth said...

This has to be the most delicious biryani that I'v e ever seen. I must try to make this, even if I would be missing an ingredient or two. Still would be yummy. I love your blog and recipes so much that I'm following you!
Thanks for sharing!

Kairali sisters said...

I love any kind of biriyanis and mushroom is a fv of mine, Biriyani sounds yumm,....

Sarah Naveen said...

Super yummy!!! loved it..

Satrupa said...

Mushroom Biriyani looks yummmmmmm


Swathi said...

Mushroom biriyani is delicious and Yummy Satya. I like these kind of one pot meals.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious biriyani

Suja Sugathan said...

Biryani looks so delicious dear..beautifully explained..yummy

Hamaree Rasoi said...

After a long time I am looking at a wonderfully prepared Biriyani. Great preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

Torviewtoronto said...

making the day before sounds good
delicious combination of vegetables

Smitha said...

That looks yummy and delish...good combination of veggies and mushrooms!

aipi said...

Such a wonderful looking Biryani,nice recipe Satya..well explained!

US Masala

Akila said...

briyani looks too good.... i want to grab that full plate....

Panchpakwan said...

Looks healhty and delicious..

Angie's Recipes said...

Had some stir-fried rice for dinner too. Yours looks really tasty!

Jay said...

As usual you ve cooked up a winner recipe...I can t wait to try this..thanx for sharing dear..

Tasty Appetite

San said...

Wow! What a heavenly biryani ! I cannot take my eyes off it satya .

Soumya said...

Hi You got a lovely blog award

Simply Life said...

another great dish! YUM!

Padma said...

Love mushroom biryani and this looks yummy Satya.

NIDHYA said...

Fabulous biryani with your useful notes.

Aaha Oho

kitchen flavours said...

I love briyani and this looks delicious, never had mushroom briyani before.

Shobana said...

satya.. this is lovely.. pl post a recipe for a simple veg biriyani (or have you already??. Also add details like number of whistles in the cooker, etc.. Hope you will oblige.

Dr.Sameena Prathap

Hi Satya,

Mushroom biryani looks yummy...should try it out soon..


Satya said...

thank u friends for ur wonderful response...try this mushroom biryani and I am sure u will love it


i will post a simpler version of biryani or provide u a link if i find one ..

to substitute mushroom use paneer or soya chuncks or more veggies


regarding ur doubt where to use methi dana(seeds)then i suggest

1. u can use methi sprouts for ur salad ,its a very healthy n tasty option too ,to make sprouts
soak methi seeds over night ,next day drain the water n tie it in damp muslin cloth for 6 hr n ur will get sprouts ,which u can mix with u salad ,add 1 to 2 tbsp of sprouts ,not more ...u can store the rest in a ziplock n refrigerate for later use...

2.make a powder of meethi seeds ,mix 1 tsp of this powder with a glass of butter milk n have it ...its very healthy n controls ur blood sugar level n good for ur stomach digestion too

3.u can use these seeds in any indian cooking which uses tamarind but add very little like 10 meethi dana ..

4.u can sprinkle them in ur garden to get methi leaves to make so many yummy indian dishes ,like

methi paratha

methi bread

methi pilaf

methi chaman

aloo methi curry so many option

5. u can dry these leaves n store them for later use ,these dry methi leaves call kasuri methi ,which gives unique flavor to any dish

6.if u like dosa or idli n u r making ur own batter then add 1 tsp of methi seed while grinding the batter,its give a soft texture to ur dosa.

Note: Do not use too much of seeds in one dish , add max 1/4 tsp per dish...

wherever i use spinach and cottage cheese based dishes i use a little of kasuri methi (dry fenugreek)approx 1 tbsp

now i think you can use all ur methi dana...if u have any other clarification let me know

Nisha said...

Bookmarked this one Satya

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Love the addition of cauliflower, and those mushroom looks beautiful in briyani :)

Sushma Mallya said...

i love mushroom biryani as well...i usually do it but in a different way...looks yum this way too


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