Any recipe which is named Biryani makes me alert.As some say,there can only be Mutton Biryani,everything else is a mixed rice.Though I do not agree to that,it is tough to convince my non-veg loving husband regarding the same.
I was intrigued by the method of preparation.Marinating the mushrooms first and then cooking it along with the rice in an open pan.I've made Biryani in a pressure cooker and a rice cooker but never like this.The resulting dish however,is a cracker.First up,the rice grains look so pretty,retaining the shape and cooked perfectly.The flavor of mushroom is mild and it almost smells like a non-veg biryani-yes!(in a nice way though)Got a thumbs up from Ajay and I do not have to think twice about what I am preparing for the next potluck!
Chettinad Mushroom Biryani
Recipe source - Arundati's Escapades
Ingredients (serves 2-3)
Mushrooms - 150 gms
Onions - 2 big,sliced thinly
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Coconut Milk - 1/2 cup
For the Marinade
Curd - 1/3 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Mint and Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup each,chopped
For the seasoning
Oil+Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1' stick
Cloves - 2-3
Cardamom - 1
Star Anise - 1
Shahjeera - 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
In a thick bottomed kadai add 2 tbsp oil and fry the onions in it till dark brown and crispy.You could also deep fry the same.
Wash and soak the rice in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes.
Marinate the mushrooms in ingredients mentioned under marinade along with half of the fried onions.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In a kadai add oil+ghee and saute the whole garam masala followed by shahjeera and fennel seeds.
Add the marinated mushrooms along with the marinade and cook for 5-7 minutes or till the mushrooms start shrinking.
Mix in the coconut milk and let it cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Drain the rice(reserve the water) and mix in carefully trying not to break the grains.Add in salt to taste and 1/2 tsp of garam masala.
Add the water in which the rice was soaked* and let it boil.Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes.The water should be fully absorbed by now.
Switch off the flame and leave it undisturbed for another 15 minutes.
Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.Mix in the rest of the fried onions and serve.
- *I have used 2 cups of water to cook 1 cup of rice.The rice was perfectly cooked with grains not sticking to each other.I usually follow the same quantity when I cook in the pressure cooker too for one whistle.But it usually depends on the kind of the rice you are using.So follow the method depending on the rice you use.
- The Biryani tastes delicious on its own,so I served it with some spiced raita flavored with salt and jeera powder.