Biriyani is one of the mouth watery dishes in Indian cuisine. Its well know for its unique aroma, flavor and spices. There are many varieties of biriyani. If you are a mushroom lover, then you are gonna love this recipe. It can be prepared with veggies and meat. Biriyani is always made with basmathi rice. So here it goes on how to prepare mushroom biriyani 🙂
Basmathi Rice : 2 cups
Mushroom :250 to 300 gms
Mint leaves : few (optional)
Cilantro leaves : few
Red Onion : 1(Thinly sliced)
Tomato : 1(thinly sliced)
Red chili powder : 1/2 tbspn
Coriander powder : 2 tbspn
Garam masala :1/2 tbspn
Turmeric powder : 1/4 tbspn
Salt : As required ( I used 1.5 tbspn)
Oil – 2 to 2.5 tbspn
Cinnamon stick : 1(1/2 if it is large)
Star anise : 1
Cloves : 4
Bay Leaf :1
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tbspn
fennel seeds : 1/2 tbspn
Cleanse the rice and keep it aside. Chop the mushrooms. Heat the oil in a pan , once it is heat, saute all ingredients in to season. When they crackle a bit, put the onions and saute it. Let it turn translucent. Now add tomato. Saute it for few mins, let the tomato cook well.
Now add the chopped mushrooms. let it cook well. Now add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Let it blend well with the mushrooms. Add the cilantro and mint leaves now. Let it cook for few mins.
At this time it looks like a gravy. Now add the cleansed rice. And mix well. Let it get mixed well. Add 1: 1.5 of rice to water ration now. Add salt mix well. Now just taste the water and check if all the spice and salt is mixed perfectly, if not you can adjust at this point. Close the vessel. Leave it for 7 to 8 mins.
Now the rice would be 3/4 cooked. Mix the rice, so that the top portion rice would go below and get cooked. Leave it for another 3 to 4 mins. Now the rice would be done. The flavor of rice is awesome. You can have it with either raitha or simply plain yogurt.
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