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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mushroom Biryani Recipe

Mushroom biryani recipe !! Yes! You read it right. I never thought I would post mushroom recipes in my space ever. Because it took so much time for me to make up my mind to buy and try cooking that. Then few tried it flopped very much. Poor people who tasted my preparations. I don’t even know how to handle this veggie. Since my family also hate mushrooms, I can never try it out that often. So one day suddenly I asked Sharmi to do a guest post for Raks kitchen and she said OK the very next second I asked. Again suddenly it struck in my mind to ask a mushroom recipe to her, so that I can have at least one recipe here with mushrooms.

I suggested her to make mushroom biryani and she said deal for it. Actually I asked her to do this later when ever she is free, relaxed and not to take it as a burden. But she made the post ready and sent me by mail within 2 weeks! I was so thrilled to see the beautiful pictures she showed and secretly admired her enthusiasm, as always .Thank you for the post Sharmi .

Yes, I always wonder and appreciate her spirit towards blogging at Sharmis Passions, me being in contrast to her. Even after 5 years of blogging, I always make my post ready only the before day or same day when I am going to post it in blog. In fact, I have to admit that she have changed my attitude towards blogging, Mostly I get interest just by seeing her interest and dedication. Also she has helped me a lot in improving my photography, sometimes in codes, in presentation of my posts. Not only in blogging, more than that, she is one of those friends to whom I share everything comfortably. I can write pages, but here is her post!

I am really very happy to write a guest post for one of the inspiring bloggers Raji of Raks Kitchen. She is one of the strong supporters for my space, a dear friend who gives me feedback every now and then, puts even the criticisms in the best possible way that makes me do even better. She is my all time inspiration in cooking!!

When she asked me to do a guest post with a mushroom recipe, I was surprised at the same time very happy so readily accepted it. I left the dish choice to her but should admit I was keeping my fingers crossed that any recipe other than dosa should be her choice and do you know why?! yes I struggle to click pictures of dosa and the feeling totally puts me down. I took a deep breath only after she asked for biryani :)

I made few adjustments to the veg biryani I make and came up with this recipe....should say it turned out great and had a thumps up from hubby. If anyone says I cook the perfect grains separated rice I owe all the appreciations to Raji as she gave me the exact measurements since then I am following it to the dot and it comes out perfect every time. Now lets get on to the mushroom biryani recipe...

Mushroom Biryani Recipe


Mushroom Biriyani Recipe 
  • Basmati Rice - 1 and 1/4 cups
  • Cleaned Button mushrooms - 3/4 cup chopped
  • Onion - 1 big chopped lengthwise
  • Tomato puree - from 2 medium sized tomato
  • Thick Curd - 2  tbsp
  • Ginger-Garlic paste - 2.5 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Ghee - 1/2 tbsp
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Salt - to taste

To grind to a paste:

  • Coriander leaves -  4 tbsp
  • Mint leaves -  3 tbsp
  • Green Chillies - 1
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp

To temper:

  • Cloves -2
  • Cardamom -1
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
  • Bayleaf -1 

1.Grind the ingredients under 'to grind' with little water to a fine paste. Set aside.Soak basmati rice for atleast 15mins , set aside. Heat oil+ghee in a pressure cooker and add the items under 'to temper' then add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.
Mushroom Biryani Recipe - Step1
2.Then add onion and saute till its golden brown. Then add tomato puree saute till raw smell leaves, then add coriander mint paste and saute till raw smell leaves.
Mushroom Biryani Recipe - Step2
3.Then add red chilli powder, garam masala powder, required salt and saute till the masalas is well blended. Then add mushroom and saute for 2mins until water leaves and it starts softening. Then add curd.
Mushroom Biryani Recipe - Step3
4.Once the masala is nicely blended with the mushrooms , add basmati rice - give a quick stir.
Mushroom Biryani Recipe - Step4
5.Then add required water and pressure cook for 3 whistles(After the first whistle lower the flame). Once pressure releases, fluff the rice with a fork carefully without breaking the rice.
Mushroom Biryani Recipe - Step5
Serve hot with onion raita - the best combination.

Mushroom Biryani Recipe

My Notes

  • If you like the lemon flavour, squeeze lemon juice once the biryani is done.

  • You can also use 1/2 cup of coconut milk which gives a nice flavour but adjust water level accordingly .
  • I usually use 1:1and 1/2 cups of water ratio so have given the measures accordingly. But you can use the measurement according to the variety of basmati rice. I use India Gate Basmati rice.
  • Enjoy it hot with onion raita.



  1. That's the best part abt blogging isn't it? Yu make friends for life. I'm not a huge fan of mushroom either but the husband will be happy to eat this

  2. gals u rock as always :) mushroom briyani is my favourite waiting for one such good occasion to make :)

  3. Thnx,u hv posted my fav:-)
    I do this mushroom briyani at least twice a month-c hw crazy!
    I use india gate classic,it has longer grains n comes out so nice!
    Lovely pics,feel like eating it immediately.

  4. Even i have never cooked mushrooms in curry or rice. Tried soup once.This biryani is very tempting and nice gesture about sharmi. Inviting clicks

  5. Very cool and unique thing here.
    kitchen sinks

  6. Super flavourful briyani, such a fabulous guest post..

  7. super delicious....Rush your entries for Know your Flours-Corn flour event in my blog

  8. Same here I don't like mushroom and never cooked...though am thinking of trying but now scare after your trials story !! Biryani looks yum

  9. Raks I cant believe that such a versatile cook like you have difficulty in cooking mushrooms:-( I am sure u will soon come with awesome mushroom delights like the Mushroom biriyani from Sharmi! Great work ladies!

  10. Delish biryani!!! Yesss...hats off to Sharmi..for her dedication, commitment to post such clear, precise recipes with step wise pics..Good post :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  11. I love a pot of Mushroom Biryani too-looks wonderful!

  12. I'm already drooling..looks delicious.

  13. my kids love Mushroom.. Nice briyani recipe..fabulous guest post

  14. Loved seeing my post in ur space.....:)) It takes my pics to a whole new level seeing it here....yes I mean it :) Thanks for the opportunity!!

  15. Flavorful and tempting biryani,congrats to both of you,nice guest post!

  16. Delicious briyani and beautiful presentation, like the purple background..

  17. Raks,
    As u said really Sharmi is a very Talented n dedicative blogger, one of my fav n inspiration too :)
    Mushroom Biryani looks super Yumm with beautiful pics n presentation...simply love it!!

  18. Beautiful and delicious biryani Sharmi and its a lovely post Raks...Lovely clicks too...

  19. Very inviting post Sharmi and thanks for sharing it Raks.

  20. Dear raks
    Mushroom is neither veggie nor plant. It's a parasite. Even though I don,t eat mushrooms the presentation is nice.
    Thanks arthy

  21. awesome recepies http://saidecors.blogspot.in/p/modular-kitchen-images-photos-galleries.html

  22. The biriyani looks so delicious..mushroom is not one that I experiment with much as it is not really liked at home, however, this biriyani looks gr8..must give it a try. Raji, tried your rava dosa and it was the best every rava dosa I have made at home..true restaurant style and hubby and daughter were all praise for it. Thanks so much for sharing such amazing recipes and also breaking it down into simple steps.

  23. i love mushrooms and this is the perfect way to have it.

  24. mushroom biryani is a fav at home. sharmi is a great blogger and i always look forward to her posts and pics.

  25. Super delicious biryani. I love the ones we get in Sangeetha Restaurant in Adyar. I make this on days when we cann't eat non-veg. My son loves mushrooms.

  26. i tried this out.. . it was very delicious. .i hav been following your blog past few months and tried out many recipes. its easy to follow and at the same time the outcome is always delicious! keep the good work going :)

  27. Hi, i tried ur recipes past two months, its easy to follow, ur measurements are so accurate, thank you very much. Can i try this mushroom briyani without mint? And i have one doubt, how to prepare tomato puree?

    1. You can try sure, just grind tomato to make it puree.

  28. Hi raks I tried your mysore rasam,vangibhath, tomatobhath,adai,mango sambhar.Thank you so much.can u pls post saravana bhavan cauliflower kurma

  29. Hi, I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out pretty well :) thanks for sharing nice recipes.

  30. Amazing recipe :-) Had a pack of fresh mushroom, so tried it yesterday. Did some modifications though, used more onion, and cooked in a layered fashion ( cooked rice to 50%, mushrooms to 50% , and then layered and cooked it in a dum handi for 25 mins..turned out really well!

  31. Thanks for the recipe :-) Tried it yesterday with a pack of fresh button mushrooms. Did some changes in the process, added more onions, cooked in a layered fashion ( half cooked rice and mushrooms, layers, starting with layer of potato cuts at the base ) in a dum handi, turned out really well!

  32. I LOVE to have mushroom receipes ,biriyani steps is so easy and lovely....... :)

  33. I tried this today and it came out so well. Thanks much :)

  34. 1 cup rice means how much and which cup?

    1. See FAQ for more details. I think sharmilee also uses similar cups

  35. Mam...prepared this recipe today. .taste is yummy. ..I used same measurement for water and everything. ..but rice is little stick together then and there. ..what to do?

  36. I did this biryani so many times....my hubby n daughter loved it...once in a week we will prepare for dinner..thank you for yummy rice recipe..

  37. Hi Raji, tried this twice and it turned out yummy. Thanks to you and Sharmi. Could you please share your version of Paneer Briyani? Awaiting to try that!


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