Mushroom Dum Biryani in Sanjeev Kapoor's style

This time I adapted this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's site.I first tasted this biryani at Amma's place prepared by Santoshi and she tempted me to prepare this authentic biryani.The aroma and flavour  was simply fantastic.This recipe is  a must try biryani.You may also prepare this biryani with paneer,egg,prawns or mixed vegetables.

Recipe adapted from : Sanjeev Kapoor's site

Button Mushroom -15-20,washed and sliced
Basmathi rice - 1 1/2 cups
Bay leaf -1
Cloves- 3
Cardamom -3-4
Cinnamon -1" piece
Mace -1 blade
Onions -3,sliced
Ginger paste - 2 tsp
Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Tomatoes -2,pureed
Red chilly powder -2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder-
Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
Curds - 1/2 cup
Crushed peppercorns-3
Cumin powder -1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves -1/2 cup, chopped
Mint leaves -1/2 cup,chopped
Kewra essence -few drops
Milk -5 tbsp
Saffron - few strands
Ghee -4 tbsp approx
Salt - to taste
Brown onions -1/2 cup
Cashewnuts - handful(Roasted in a tsp of ghee)
Raisins - few(Roasted in a tsp of ghee)

  1. Take an electric rice cooker,grease the plate and the base of the vessel with a tbsp of ghee,add washed and soaked rice.
  2. Add 3 cups of water,salt to taste,2 tbsp ghee and whole spices.
  3. Dilute saffron in milk and keep it ready.
  4. Once  the rice is 3/4 cooked spread half of saffron milk over the rice but don't mix it.
  5. You may also prepare  the rice in a  normal way on the  flame until the rice gets just cooked.
  6. Once the rice is done use a fork and separate the grains delicately and cool it.
  7. For the curry take a pan,heat  2 tbsp ghee and saute onions until translucent.
  8. Add ginger garlic paste,chilly powder,crushed pepper,cumin powder and turmeric powder.
  9. Add pureed tomatoes and saute for few more minutes.
  10. Add half each of mint and coriander leaves.
  11. Add sliced mushrooms,curds and salt to taste.
  12. Cook the mushroom until done.
  13. Lastly add garam masala powder and cook it on high flame until the gravy turns dry.
  14. You may also prepare the curry with oil but ghee always gives an extra punch.

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