Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mushroom Briyani/ Pulav

Me: Kavin, did you notice that there is something new today around the trees.
Kavin: Looks carefully around a tree and comes back with a smile saying "Mushrooms". Why there are mushrooms today?
Me: Because it rained yesterday and the land is damp. Mushrooms grow anywhere it is damp.
Kavin: Amma, can I go and touch the mushrooms?
Me: They are wild and poisonous mushrooms and not edible. So you cannot touch them.
Kavin: What do you mean by edible?
Me: You call something edible, if you can eat it.
Kavin: Why is this mushroom wild?
The conversation about mushroom goes on and on and on between me and my 2 1/2 years old on a cloudy day before he sits in the car to go to his daycare. I am completely enjoying this phase of motherhood answering all his why and what questions. Sometimes I also need to do some research before I answer his questions :-) .

So today is a post about "The meat of the vegetable world"  .

This mushroom briyani/pulav has become a frequent visitor to our kitchen nowadays. All of us in our house like this simple dish which has a lot of flavor from the mushrooms. Mushroom briyani paired with cucumber and onion raitha is a heavenly combination.


  1. Mushroom - 1 pound
  2. Basmathi Rice - 1 cup
  3. Onion - 1 thinly sliced
  4. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
  5. Tomato - 1 large finely chopped
  6. Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon/ more if desired
  7. Coriander powder - 2 teaspoons
  8. Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
  9. Oil - 2 tablespoons
  10. Whole garam masala - 2 cloves, 2 cardamom, 2 inches of cinnamon
  11. Cilantro leaves - 1/2 cup
  12. Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
  13. Salt - as needed


1. Clean the rice and soak it in 2 cups of water.
2. In a heated pressure cooker, add oil. Once the oil gets hot, add the whole garam masala.
3. Saute till the aroma of the garam masala comes out. Add onions and ginger garlic paste. Saute till the onions become soft and translucent
4. Now add the tomatoes, salt and turmeric. Let the tomatoes get mushy.
5. Add chilli powder and coriander powder. Cut the mushrooms into bite sized chunks and add it to the masala.
6. Saute it till most of the water oozed out of the mushroom is absorbed.
7. Now add the rice and water. Check for salt and adjust if needed.
8. Cook in the pressure cooker for 2 whistles.

Serve it with Cucumber and Onion Raitha.


  1. I love mushrooms... Thanks for a delicious recipe!

  2. I can just imagine how the conversation would've proceeded..Sometimes it gets so difficult to answer the questions kids pose to us..biriyani looks super delicious

  3. the color of the biryani.....looks delicious......

  4. flavourful mushroom pulav looks delicious

  5. never say no to biryani...yours looks so lovely...u used chilli n coriander powder for biryani,i never used coriander powder in biryani n also u didnt add green chilli...this recipe sounds the color of ur biryani n tempting..sure will try this way sometime...

    kavin nice name n must be a very smart boy..yeah Lavanya we can't answer them..they r over smart n brilliant :)

  6. Lovely name Kavin, sometimes we cant answer them, they are over brilliant..lovely conversation..

    Pulao looks super inviting..

  7. Mushroom biryani looks very delicious. I don't typically cook the rice with the mushrooms but do them separately and mix later. Must give this a shot.

  8. Biryani looks so inviting...

  9. Super delicious biryani..yum

  10. Biryani looks very tempting and delicious..

    Aaha Oho

  11. Looks tasty and flavourful lavanya. tempting.


  12. briyani loos delicious and first time i see one with mushroom. .. guess something fun to try out..

  13. Pulao with mushrooms sounds healthy and yummy!

  14. Biryani is one of my favourites anytime...just looks delicious and mouthwatering.


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