Mushroom Biryani

Mushroom biryani is a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines the earthy taste of mushrooms with fragrant Indian spices and long-grain Basmati rice.

Mushroom Biryani

Welcome to our blog, where we will be exploring the delicious and aromatic world of Mushroom Biryani. This popular Indian dish is a flavorful and aromatic rice-based dish that is packed with the earthy flavors of mushrooms and a blend of warm spices. In this post, we will guide you through the recipe for creating your own delectable Mushroom Biryani at home. So, let's dive in and explore the unique and delicious flavors of this classic Indian dish!

What Is Mushroom Biryani?

  • Mushroom biryani is a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines the earthy taste of mushrooms with fragrant Indian spices and long-grain Basmati rice. This vegetarian version of biryani is a delicious and satisfying meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner.
  • The combination of succulent button mushrooms, savory onions, and tomatoes, along with a blend of spices like garam masala, turmeric, and red chili powder, creates a rich and flavorful base for the biryani. The dish is further enhanced with the addition of yogurt, nuts, raisins, and a variety of aromatic herbs, making it a truly unique and satisfying dish.
  • Mushroom biryani is a great option for vegetarians, but it is also loved by meat-eaters for its hearty and satisfying nature. Whether you are a fan of Indian cuisine or just looking to try something new and delicious, this flavorful dish is sure to be a hit at your next meal.

Why You'll Love Mushroom Biryani?

  • Deliciously fragrant and flavorful: Mushroom biryani is a delightful dish packed with aromatic spices and herbs, creating a rich and flavorful experience for your taste buds.
  • Perfectly tender mushrooms: The texture of the mushrooms in this biryani is tender and juicy, making it a satisfying and enjoyable meal.
  • Healthy and nutritious: Mushrooms are a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, making this biryani a healthy option for a well-balanced diet.
  • Vegetarian option: For those looking for a delicious and satisfying vegetarian meal, mushroom biryani is a perfect choice that doesn't compromise on taste or texture.
  • Easy to prepare: With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, mushroom biryani is a fuss-free dish that can be whipped up in no time.
  • Versatility: This biryani can be enjoyed on its own or paired with your favorite raita or yogurt for a complete and satisfying meal.

Ingredients for Mushroom Biryani

  • Basmati Rice: This long-grain rice adds a delicate aroma and light texture to the biryani, making it the perfect base for the dish.
  • Button Mushroom: The tender and meaty texture of the mushroom adds a savory and earthy flavor to the biryani, making it a key ingredient in this vegetarian dish.
  • Onion: The sweetness of the caramelized onion adds depth of flavor and a touch of sweetness to the biryani.
  • Tomato: The pureed tomatoes provide a rich and tangy base for the biryani, adding a burst of freshness to the dish.
  • Ginger and Garlic Paste: This aromatic paste adds a pungent and spicy flavor to the biryani, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Garam Masala Powder: This blend of ground spices, such as cumin, coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon, adds warm and complex flavors to the biryani, giving it a traditional Indian taste.

How To Make Mushroom Biryani?

If you want to create a delicious and flavorful mushroom biryani, follow these steps to ensure a mouth-watering dish.

  • First, clean the mushrooms well and remove the stems, then cut the onions and mushrooms lengthwise.
  • Next, blend the tomatoes until pureed and the ingredients for the ground mixture until coarse, without adding water.
  • Wash and soak the rice in water with salt for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a pan over medium heat, add oil and ghee, and fry the cashew nuts and raisins until golden brown and puffed, then remove them from the pan and set them aside. In the same pan, fry a handful of onions until golden brown for garnishing.
  • Saute the remaining onions and the ingredients for the tempering, then add ginger and garlic paste and the ground mint, coriander, and chili mixture. Once sauteed, add the mushrooms and tomato puree and cook until the gravy thickens.
  • Once the tomato gravy thickens, add red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, and salt, followed by yogurt. Cook until the gravy separates from the oil along the sides of the pan, then set it aside.
  • In a separate electric cooker, cook the rice, then add the prepared masala and mix well. Cook until the rice is ready.
  • Garnish with nuts, raisins, fried onions, and coriander leaves before serving.

By following these steps, you can create a delicious mushroom biryani, ensuring a flavorful experience for your taste buds.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair with Raita: Serve mushroom biryani with a side of raita, a yogurt-based condiment that helps to balance out the spiciness of the biryani.
  • Accompany with Papad: A crispy and flavorful papad is the perfect accompaniment to mushroom biryani, adding a delightful crunch to the meal.
  • Serve with Pickle: Add a tangy kick to your meal by serving mushroom biryani with a side of pickle, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the dish.
  • Include a Salad: A simple salad with fresh cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes can provide a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of the biryani.
  • Pair with Mixed Vegetable Curry: For a complete meal, consider serving mushroom biryani with a mixed vegetable curry, providing additional textures and flavors to the dish.
  • Add a Dessert: Complete the meal by serving a traditional Indian dessert, such as kheer or gulab jamun, for a sweet ending to the dining experience.

Tips for Making Mushroom Biryani

  • Preparation Duration: While the recipe for mushroom biryani may seem lengthy, with proper organization and preparation, it can be made efficiently. Make sure to have all the ingredients ready and chopped before starting the cooking process to save time.
  • Cooking Techniques: The key to a flavorful mushroom biryani lies in the cooking techniques. Ensure the mushrooms are sautéed well to bring out their natural flavors. Also, allow the tomato gravy to thicken before adding the yogurt for a rich and aromatic taste.
  • Importance of Garnishing: Garnishing plays a crucial role in enhancing the presentation of the mushroom biryani. Don't skip the step of garnishing with fried onions, nuts, raisins, and fresh coriander leaves, as it adds texture and visual appeal to the dish.

Variations for Mushroom Biryani

  • Vegetable Variation: Mix in some chopped vegetables like carrots, peas, and bell peppers to add more color and nutrients to the biryani.
  • Paneer Addition: For a protein boost, add some cubes of paneer to the biryani along with the mushrooms for a creamy and rich texture.
  • Nutty Twist: Enhance the flavor and texture of the biryani by adding a handful of roasted nuts like almonds, cashews, and pistachios.
  • Spicy Kick: If you like your biryani with an extra kick, add some extra red chili powder or finely chopped green chilies to the tomato gravy for a spicier version.
  • Herb Infusion: Experiment with different herbs like basil, thyme, or rosemary to infuse the biryani with unique and aromatic flavors.
  • Citrus Zing: Squeeze a little lemon juice over the biryani just before serving for a citrusy zing that will add a refreshing twist to the dish.

How to Store Mushroom Biryani

Storing Leftovers:

  • If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Mushroom biryani can last for 3-4 days when properly refrigerated.
  • To reheat, sprinkle a little water over the biryani and heat it in a microwave or on the stovetop until it is heated through.

Preserving Freshness of Ingredients:

  • Store the Basmati rice, spices, and mushrooms in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to maintain their freshness.
  • Keep the mint leaves and coriander leaves wrapped in a paper towel and then in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They can last for up to a week this way.

Importance of Proper Storage:

  • Proper storage of the key ingredients is crucial to maintain the flavor and quality of the dish.
  • Storing the ingredients properly will help prevent spoilage, ensuring that you can make delicious mushroom biryani each time you crave it.

By following these simple storage tricks, you can ensure that your mushroom biryani stays fresh and delicious for as long as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use any type of rice for mushroom biryani?

  • You can use any long-grain rice, but for the best results, it is recommended to use Basmati rice, as it has a unique aroma and flavor that complements the biryani.

How can I make the biryani less spicy?

  • To make the biryani less spicy, you can reduce the amount of red chili powder and green chilis used in the recipe. You can also adjust the amount of garam masala to your preference.

Can I substitute the mushrooms with another vegetable?

  • Yes, you can definitely substitute the mushrooms with vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower, or bell peppers to make a vegetarian version of the biryani.

How can I make the biryani more flavorful?

  • To enhance the flavor of the biryani, you can add a pinch of saffron soaked in milk while cooking the rice. You can also add a teaspoon of rose water or kewra water for a fragrant twist.

Is it necessary to garnish with nuts and raisins?

  • While garnishing with nuts and raisins adds a delightful crunch and sweetness to the biryani, it is optional. You can skip this step if you prefer a simpler presentation.

Can I make mushroom biryani in a regular pot instead of an electric cooker?

  • Yes, you can make mushroom biryani in a regular pot or pressure cooker. The cooking time and method may vary, so adjust accordingly.

Recipe Card

Mushroom Biryani 2016-10-03 07:53:35

Mushroom Biryani

Serves 2  

Prep Time   00:10        

Cook Time   00:40        

Total Time   00:50


To cook rice

  • 1&1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 200 gm button mushroom
  • 1 large sized onion (100 gm)
  • 1 big sized tomato (100 gm)
  • 2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • one full tablespoon of yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 tsp of ghee          

To grind

  • 2 green chillis
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves          

To temper

  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cardamon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks -1 inch
  • 1/2 bay leaf          

For garnishing

  • 10 cashew nuts
  • 15 raisins
  • 1 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves          Instructions



  • Clean the mushroom well and remove the stem.
  • Then cut the onion and mushrooms lengthwise.
  • Place the tomatoes in a blender, blend until pureed.
  • Then place the ingredients given under 'to grind' in a blender, and blend until coarsely without adding water.
  • Wash and soak the rice in water (3 cups) with salt for 30 minutes.          

For Garnishing

  • Heat a pan over medium heat, add oil and ghee. When the oil heats, fry cashew nuts till they turn golden brown, then add raisins and saute until puffed. Remove them from the pan and keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, add one handful of onions and fry them till golden brown and keep it aside. These nuts, raisins and onions are used for garnishing.          

To prepare masala

  • Heat the remaining oil and saute the ingredients given under ''To temper'', until spluttering and then add the remaining onion and fry till it turns golden brown.
  • Then add ginger and garlic paste and saute well till the raw smell goes away.
  • Then add ground mint, coriander and chili mixture and fry for one minute.
  • Now add mushrooms and saute well for one minute.
  • Then add tomato puree and saute well till raw smell goes away.(close the lid)
  • (At this stage, switch on the electric cooker and cook the rice side by side)
  • When the tomato gravy becomes slightly thick, add red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt. Stir well.
  • When it becomes thick, add yogurt and mix.
  • Bring the heat down to low, and cook for 5 more minutes or till the gravy separates from the oil along the sides of the pan. Remove from the heat and keep it aside.          

How to cook mushroom biryani

  • When the rice starts to boil, add this masala to the rice and mix well.Check the salt and spice.
  • Close the lid and cook till the electric cooker switches to 'Keep warm'. It takes a maximum of around 10 mins.
  • Every 5 minutes open the lid and mix the rice gently.
  • When it comes to the 'Keep Warm' switch off the electric cooker, leave it for another 10 minutes. Now the Mushroom Biryani is ready to serve.
  • Finally, garnish the dish with nuts, raisins, fried onions and coriander leaves.         

By Santhi therese    The Indian Claypot

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