Monday, March 17, 2008

Microwave Mushroom Biryani

This is among my first few attempts of creating an entire dish in the microwave... I think the only other recipe I've tried was Nupur's Sabudana Khichdi. I chanced upon this recipe on the Arusuvai website, had mushrooms on hand and Srivalli's MEC - Rice Dishes on my mind so decided to give it a try. The resulting biryani was spicy, yummy and a keeper for sure.

MICROWAVE MUSHROOM BIRYANI

Ingredients:
Rice - 1 cup, washed and soaked in water for 30 minutes

Button Mushrooms - 1 (8 oz) Pack ~ 15 mushrooms, chopped
Onion - 1 big, chopped finely
Tomato - 1, pureed in a mixie
Ginger - garlic paste - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup, chopped
Mint Leaves - 1/4 cup, chopped
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Biryani Masala / Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Cloves - 2 or 3
Cardamom - 1
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Star Anise - 1
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

Method:
1) Drain the soaked rice and add 2 cups of water to it (1:2 ratio). Add the whole masalas (Cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise), a bit of salt and a few drops of oil. Cover and cook in MW for 9 minutes on high and then for another 6 minutes at 75% power. [ I selected Rice on my microwave since it has a sensor cook option].

2) Once cooked, empty out the rice onto a plate and allow to cool. Clean mushrooms with a damp cloth and chop.

3) Heat oil in a microwaveable bowl, cover and cook for a minute to warm it. Now add the cumin seeds and the chopped onion, ginger-garlic paste, stir and allow to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on high.

4) Now stir in chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric, cumin and pepper powders and microwave for another 1-2 minutes.

5) Next add the ground tomatoes and cook for about 2-3 minutes on high. Stir in the yogurt, half of the chopped mint and coriander leaves, garam masala/biryani masala and salt. Allow this to cook for another 3 minutes on high.

6) Finally add the chopped mushrooms and cook on high for 4 to 5 minutes or until you have a nice thick gravy.

7) Divide the rice into 3 portions and the mushroom masala into 2. In another microwaveable bowl, layer them thusly - Rice, Mushroom, Rice, Mushroom, Rice. Top with the remaining coriander and mint leaves. Cover this and microwave for about 8 minutes on 75% power. This is to mimic the 'dum' technique.


8) Gently stir the rice and mushroom masala without breaking. Mushroom Biryani is now ready to serve.

As mentioned earlier, I would like to send this as my entry to Srivalli's MEC - Rice Dishes. I finally managed to send in an entry to your super event.... :)

24 comments:

  1. wow, looks so yummy! Nice entry!

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  2. MW Biryani! YUMMO! I love it, easy and delicious. Looks great Laavanya!:)

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  3. MW Biryani - Yummy!! Looks great Laav - good one for the event.

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  4. Wow MW biriyani. After starting to blog i have larned a lot of things made in MW.
    I just use them to heat up things.
    Should start using like you all do.
    Biriyani looks delicious.

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  5. Never made briyani in MW.Looks great

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  6. that's a pretty neat idea laavanya:) looks great too:)

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  7. Biryani is delicious , came out so well Laavanya, Great spicy entry :)

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  8. beautiful and simple - like all of your recipes.

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  9. I've never tried making biryani in the microwave, but this looks delicious, girl! Awesome entry! :)

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  10. Looks really good. I don't think I've made an entire dish in the MW.

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  11. hey lavi!i too try recipes from arusuvai:)))U know i thought to make this for the event...neenga mundhikiteenga:)))looking delicious and yummy

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  12. Microwave Biryani is just a cool idea and looks great too!!

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  13. yummy biryani lavanya ,never made biryani with mushroom

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  14. Nice pictorial presentation laavanya..great entry!

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  15. lovely recipe for biryani and that too MW.WILL try it for sure..nice entry!!

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  16. the list of to try is growing by the minute

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  17. Tasty! And lives up to its name. We had some characterless mushroom pulav the other day, at a restaurant - jasmine white and had no flavour whatsover, with two or three mushrooms here and there for proof.

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  18. that layering looks so good :)

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  19. Mashroom biriyani sound yummy....!
    nice entry for MEC.

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  20. Thank you Uma, Asha, Seema.

    Happy Cook - this is my first attempt too at making biryani in the MW... i use it mainly for heating stuff too.

    Thank you Kamala, Mansi, Cham, Bee & Kalai.

    TBC, I still prefer stove top cooking.. more hands on but for once in a while this is quite nice I suppose.

    Dhivya, oh.. appadiya vishayam.. Sorry! :) Neengalum try pannunga adhanala enna?

    Thank you Maya, Sagari, Srivalli, Raks, Sowmya.

    Raaga, i know what you mean! I have an ever-growing list too... :)

    Sra, what a bummer.. that's what I don't like about restaurant food.. skimpy on the veggies.

    Thank you Richa & Pooja.

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  21. Hi Laavanya
    Thanks for passing by and i simply love your innovative microwave mushroom biryani...less oil,takes less time,no messy kitchen and tasty !

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  22. Never tried in MW. Looks easy.. :)

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  23. I'm thoroughly impressed. This came out just fine I think.

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