This is my first post on mushroom recipes..When i was young , i used to think mushroom is a non-veg food.So i never thought of having mushroom recipes..But after marriage , i tasted mushroom Manchurian in a restaurant and loved it..I loved its softness..I tried the same for my daughter. She too liked it a lot.I’ll post that recipe soon. This time i wanted to try a rice variety with mushroom to pack for my hubby’s lunch..I googled so many recipes, got the idea and tried in my own way ..It tasted great. My husband told his friends liked it a lot. I felt very happy…. I used less oil and ghee. Please adjust them according to ur taste..
INGREDIENTS 1 cup - 200ml
Mushroom – 4 nos (big)
Green peas – 1/4 cup (optional)
Cinnamon – 1 small piece
Cloves – 2 nos
Cardamom – 1 no
Biryani leaf – 1 small
Big onion – 1 no
Tomato – 2 nos ( very small.. if big use one)
Ginger & garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
Salt - as needed
Basmati rice – 1/2 cup ( soak rice in required water for 10 mins)
Water – 1 cup
Oil & ghee – 1/2 tbsp each
Coriander leaves – 1/8 cup
Mint leaves – 1/8 cupl
Cashews – 4 nos
Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
Lime juice – few drops .
Wash the mushroom pieces by keeping little water in a bowl.
Take the pieces out and wipe it with a clean cloth. ( Actually it is not necessary to wash the mushroom. its just enough to wipe with a clean cloth.But i washed it to remove the mud )
Cut each mushroom into 3-4 pieces of medium size.Set aside..
Wash & Soak rice in the required water till use ( say for 10 mins)
Grind all the items given under “to grind” to make a smooth paste.
In a cooker base heat oil and add cinnamon, cloves , elakki and biryani leaf. Then saute onions , ginger & garlic paste till its raw smell disappears..
Now add the tomato pieces and saute till it turns mushy.
Add red chilly powder , salt and turmeric powder..
Add the mushroom pieces and the ground masala paste.
Mix well and finally add the soaked rice with the required water.
Cook for 1 whistle by adding a tbsp of ghee..
Fluffy , yummy biryani is ready to serve with a simple raita !!
For variations , lime juice can be added at the end before serving instead of adding tomatoes..
U can also fry the basmati rice in ghee before soaking in water..
For cooking basmati rice , Rice and water quantity of 1:2 would be sufficient..I used 2.25 cups which made the rice little mushy . My husband likes that way. So i used more water.
If served for guests, add more ghee while sautéing..