Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mushroom Paneer Biryani Recipe-Paneer Biryani (step wise pictures)

I am a rice fanatic and that too I love Biryanis and one pot meals.That is the reason you find many easy rice recipes and one pot meals in my site. Mushroom and paneer is one of my favorite combination.I prepared this biryani months back and it was waiting in my folder to be posted. I have the habit of preparing 15-20 recipes in advance to be posted.There are still so many pictures taken with my old camera waiting to be posted. Now back to the recipe- In each biryani or pulao recipe, I am teaching you different methods of preparing rice.You can follow any method which you are comfortable with. In this recipe, we are cooking the rice separately in a pan with lid and then layering. Today we will learn how to prepare Mushroom Paneer Biryani following this easy recipe with step by step pictures.

mushroom paneer biryani

Mushroom Paneer Biryani-How to make Mushroom Paneer Biryani

Mushroom Paneer Biryani

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Biryani Recipes
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Basmati rice - 1 cup
   Onion - 3/4 cup (cut lengthwise)
   Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Green chilli -1 slit
   Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
   Button Mushrooms - 1 cup (200 grams)
   Paneer cubes - 3/4 cup
   Coriander leaves -fistful (chopped )
   Mint leaves -fistful (chopped )
   Thick curd - 1/4 cup
   Salt to taste

   Spice powder

   Chilli powder - 3/4 -1 tsp (use less if store bought)
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Biryani masala powder - 1 tsp (available ready made)
   Coriander powder - 1 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil/Ghee - 2 tbsp (or mix of both ghee and oil)
   Cloves -2
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Cardamom -1
   Bay leaf - 1 (optional)

   For cooking the rice

   Cloves 1
   Cinnamon -1 inch piece
   Ghee -1 tsp


Soak basmati rice for 20 minutes, drain the water and keep it aside.

Cut mushroom into 2 pieces and paneer into cubes.

Cut onion lengthwise.

If your curd is watery, drain the water completely using a muslin cloth. In a bowl, add thick curd, half of the chilli powder, coriander powder, biryani masala, ginger-garlic paste, little salt and mix well. Then add the mushroom and paneer cubes and mix well. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.


Heat a tsp of ghee, add cloves, cinnamon and saute the rice for a few seconds. Then add 2 cups of water, little salt and cook the rice till 3/4 done. Drain the excess water (See picture below). Do not cook fully as we will be cooking again in the end. We do not want a mushy biryani.

cooking basmati rice for biryani

Heat butter or oil in a kadai or pan, add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning, saute for a few seconds and add thinly sliced onions and slit green chillies. Saute until onions turn transparent.

Then add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more seconds.

Now add the tomato puree, turmeric powder and the remaining spice powder (remember we added only half of it for marination) and cook till tomatoes become mushy.

sauteing onions

See now the tomato is cooked nicely. At this stage add the marinated mushroom and paneer. Mix well.

sauteing mushrooms

Add the coriander, mint leaves, salt needed and cook until the mushrooms are three fourth cooked.(remember we have added salt while cooking rice, salt to the marination, so add salt accordingly)

how to prepare mushroom paneer biryani

Now we will do the layering-

In a pan with a lid, spread half of the gravy, then half of the rice on top. (1 st pic below)

Then spread the remaining gravy. (2 nd pic)

Then spread the rest of the rice on top and close it with a lid.(3 rd pic)

mushroom paneer biryani recipe

Keep it on very low flame for 5-6 minutes. Open and gently mix the biryani. Serve this aromatic biryani piping hot with raita or any side dish of your choice. I prepared my instant potato gravy as a side dish for this.

how to make mushroom paneer biryani

Beginners, do not get intimidated by looking at the ingredients list and steps. Actually I have made it very easier for you all. If you do not have time, you can avoid the layering and prepare it in a rice cooker or pressure cooker.You can check out my easy cooker vegetable biryani or mushroom biryani or Meal Maker Biryani recipes.

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  1. Biryani looks great Paddu. I make something similar with maushroom and mixed veggies. Will try ur version sometime.

  2. i make it quite similar.. bt do not add curd.. will try to add next time and see the results :)

  3. even i love one pot meal padhu :) liked this concept !

  4. Scrumptious biryani Padhu!! Loved it :)

  5. My favorite, Love your version..bookmarked.

  6. Flavorful biryani,love the clicks..yum

  7. can i join u for lunch - so inviting :)

  8. Delicious and mouthwatering mushroom and paneer biriyani. Loved the look of it.

  9. looks yummy and very very delectable...

  10. I haven't added paneer with mushrooms.... Will try this recipe.. :-)

  11. biryani looks very yummy n inviting...

  12. wholesome yummy biriyani... nic clicks,...

  13. Love the way you explained the recipe with pics.

  14. flavorful and delicious biriyani.. bookmarked!!

  15. tried this dish and turned out reallllllly good:)thanks padhu:)

  16. Really Yumm! i put garam masala instead of biriyani masala as i make my own garam masala with pretty much the same ingriedients... and also the last 5-6 mins I put Dum with a tava. And it really turned out well.
    For the first time my biriyani looks like restaurent made. Usually its tasty but the consistency eludes me...

  17. Reallyyy too too gud.. U r a great teacher padhu.. I included capsicum in this biriyani.. And side dish raitha did well. Step by step explanations.. Great great great!!!!

  18. awesome tastes vry gud...first time i did it it turned out well..

  19. came out really well.. i added a lot more chilli powder than mentioned ( I used the hot hot version) but felt it would have been more spicer..

    great recipe.. thanks so much for posting !

  20. Hi, I'm a westerner and am interested in trying out some of your recipes. I have a question about a couple of the ingredients listed above. What is "thick curd", and what are "paneer cubes"? If I go to my local "Indian grocery store" and ask for those items will they know what I'm talking about?

    1. Thick curd is nothing but plain yogurt. Here in India the terms are used interchangeably. In India, the word curd means plain yogurt .
      Paneer is Indian cottage cheese made from milk. You can make that at home also. Refer how to make paneer at home.

  21. Awesomely yummilicious.. Tried wid electric rice cooker.


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