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.


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

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.... :)


  1. wow, looks so yummy! Nice entry!

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

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

  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.

  5. Never made briyani in MW.Looks great

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

  13. yummy biryani lavanya ,never made biryani with mushroom

  14. Nice pictorial presentation laavanya..great entry!

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

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

  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.

  18. that layering looks so good :)

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

  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.

  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 !

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

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


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