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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mushroom Biryani - Kaalan Biryani - Pressure cooker Biryani.

Mushroom Biryani
It been so long i have posted any rice recipes and here i am with and aromatic mushroom biryani. We Indians always have a special attachment to biryani whether it is south or north and this one pot meal is no exception. Though 'dhum' biryani has it's own authentic taste, pressure cooker biryani comes in hand anytime for households to try. Any special occasions in our family will not pass with a  biryani.

Mushroom Biryani / Kalaan Biryani
 I just followed my veg biryani style of cooking, except for the marination and proceeded. It's always a hit at our home. While i love mushrooms from my childhood, my lil one has a slight aversion towards this veggie, she picks it separately and haves the rice alone.
Mushroom Biryani
Mushroom Biryani Recipe - Ingredients:
Preparation time: 30 mins | Cooking time: 30 mins | Recipe cuisine: Indian | Category: Main course

Basmati rice - 1 cup heaped
Water - 2 cups
Mushroom - 200 gm ( 1 packet of button mushrooms)
Onion  - 1 thinly sliced
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Ghee  - 1 tbsp

To marinate mushrooms:
Curd  - 3 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Red chili pow  - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric pow - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Cumin pow    - 1/2 tsp

To grind:
Tomato - 1 chopped
Mint leaves - 1/4 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup
Garlic - 3 cloves
Ginger - small piece
Green chili  - 2 nos
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp

To temper:
Bay leaf - 1
Cloves - 3
Cinnamon - 1"inch
Cardamon - 2
Sahi jeera - 1 tsp

To garnish: (optional)
Onion - 1 thinly sliced
cashews and raisins - a hand full
Oil for frying onions.

1. Clean the button mushrooms and marinate with all the spice powders and curd given under ' to marinate' and keep aside for 15 - 20 mins.

2. Mean while wash and  soak the basmati rice for 15 mins.

3. Grind all the ingredients under' to grind' to smooth paste with little water and keep aside.

4. Heat ghee and oil in a pressure cooker. Once the oil is hot enough throw in all the whole masala's (bayleaf, cloves, cinnamon, cardamon,sahijeera).  Add the thinly sliced onion and saute till it turns golden brown. (You can also add cashews and raisins at this stage itself.)

5. Then add the grounded tomato mixture paste and saute till the raw smell leaves.

6. Now add the marinated mushrooms and saute 2-3 mins till  mushroom leaves water and becomes tender.

7. Once the masala is blended with the mushroom well add the rice and give a quick stir.  Add the required water ( 2 cups).

8. Pressure cook for 1 whistle on low flame, simmer for 5 mins and switch off. Once the pressure is released completely, leave for 5-10 mins and then open it.

9. Fluff the rice carefully with a fork without breaking the rice. Meanwhile, take a kadai and fry the sliced onion and cashews in oil until golden brown.

Garnish with fried onion and cashews.  Serve hot with raita.
Mushroom Biryani

My notes:
  • I usually add 1:2 ratio for rice and water and it always works well. Don't forget to soak the basmati rice. 
  • Marinating the mushrooms helps it to absorb the flavors well and adds more taste to biryani.
  • You can also substitute 1 cup of water with coconut milk.
  • If want you can squeeze lemon juice in the water to cook, it helps to keep each rice separated./ grainy. 


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