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ambur biryani recipe with mushrooms, ambur star veg biryani recipe

ambur style biryani recipe with step by step photos – a vegetarian version of the famous biryani from ambur. ambur is a town in the vellore district of tamil nadu and its biryani is very famous.

i prepare biryani once or twice in a month. thus i like to try various varieties of biryani recipes. i have been wanting to prepare ambur biryani from a long time. the famous ambur star biryani is made with chicken or mutton. obviously since we are vegetarians, i have here used white button mushrooms. apart from mushrooms you can also use soy chunks, tofu or mix veggies. i do not include soy chunks in my cooking, so i have not added them.

whenever i want to prepare a vegetarian version of a popular biryani recipe. then i choose mushroom as they give a meaty texture and taste good also. i have also posted vegetarian version of chettinad biryani with mushrooms. few more mushroom biryani on the blog are mushroom dum biryani, dindigul style veg biryani and the spicy south indian style mushroom biryani recipe.

the ambur biryani tasted very good. we simply loved it with a side accompaniment of onion & cucumber slices. its so good that you do not need any accompaniment.

if possible use seeraga samba rice to make ambur biryani. it brings out the real flavor. if you do not have seeraga samba rice, then use any medium or short grained rice but do not use basmati rice. basmati rice won’t work well in the recipe.

i have adapted this ambur biryani recipe from a youtube video, where the ustad (master/main chef) from ambur star biryani hotel has shown the recipe. the biryani is dum cooked. so some preparation is needed like cooking rice and preparing mushroom gravy. you can do this simultaneously too. one of the unique ingredient in this recipe is red chilli paste. for a less spicy biryani, do use red chilies which are less hot and pungent like kashmiri red chilies or byadagi chilies. i used byadagi red chilies.

serve ambur biryani plain or with a side accompaniment of a raita or sliced onions & lemon wedges.

if you are looking for more biryani recipes then do check hyderabadi kacchi biryani, veg biryani in pressure cooker, restaurant style veg biryani and hyderabadi vegetable biryani recipe.

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ambur biryani recipe with mushrooms
prep time
30 mins
cook time
30 mins
total time
1 hrs
 
ambur style biryani recipe with mushrooms - a vegetarian version of the famous biryani from ambur.
course: main
cuisine: south indian
servings: 2 to 3
author: dassana
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
for cooking rice:
  • 1 cup heaped seeraga samba rice or 210 grams seeraga samba rice
  • 3.5 cups water for cooking rice
  • 1 small tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 green cardamom (choti elaichi)
  • 1 clove (lavang)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt or add as required
for red chili paste:
  • 4 to 5 dry red chilies, use byadagi or kashmiri or a mix of both
  • cup hot water for soaking
for ambur biryani gravy:
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) - optional
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder) - optional
  • ¼ cup fresh curd (dahi or yogurt)
  • 200 grams white button mushrooms, sliced or 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup water
  • salt as required
how to make recipe
preparing red chilli paste:
  1. firstly rinse and then soak 4 to 5 dry red chilies in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. cover and keep aside.
  2. after the red chilies have softened, place them in a small grinder jar. add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the soaked water.
  3. grind to a smooth paste. keep the red chili paste aside.
cooking rice for ambur biryani:
  1. when you keep the red chilies for soaking, then also rinse 1 heaped cup seeraga samba rice in water first. then soak in enough water for 30 minutes. meanwhile, when the red chilies and rice are soaking, prep the other ingredients like chopping mushrooms, onions and tomatoes etc.
  2. after 30 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside. also bring 3.5 cups water to a boil in a pan. when the water comes to a boil, add 1 small tej patta, green cardamom, 1 clove, 1/2 inch cinnamon and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. bring the water to a rolling boil and add the rice.
  4. do not reduce the flame and let the rice cook on a medium to high flame. cook the rice without covering the pan with any lid.
  5. once the rice is 3/4th cooked, then switch off the flame. the rice has to have some bite in the center when you eat it.
  6. strain the rice in a colander. you can even rinse the rice in running water, so that they stop cooking. keep the cooked rice aside.
making mushroom gravy for ambur biryani:
  1. in another pan heat 3 tablespoons oil. keep the flame to a low and then add 1 small to medium tej patta, 2 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1/2 inch cinnamon.
  2. when the spices splutter and become fragrant, then add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.
  3. saute the onions on a medium flame. stir often while sauteing them.
  4. when the onions start becoming golden, then add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.
  5. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger & garlic goes away.
  6. next add 1 cup chopped tomatoes and saute them for a minute.
  7. then add 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves and 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. mix well.
  8. now add 2 cups of sliced or chopped mushrooms. mix the mushrooms with the rest of the masala.
  9. keep the flame to a low or sim. then add 1/4 cup fresh curd. quickly stir the curd while you add it.
  10. next add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder.
  11. then add the ground red chilli paste. mix very well.
  12. add 1/2 cup water and stir.
  13. season with salt as per taste. mix again.
  14. cover the pan with its lid and simmer the gravy on a medium flame till the mushrooms are cooked. this takes about 7 to 8 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  15. you should see some oil specks floating on top and the gravy will also reduce a bit.
assembling and layering ambur biryani:
  1. now in the same pan which has mushroom gravy, add the cooked rice. you can prepare two layers or four layers of the rice and gravy.
  2. seal the pan with an aluminium foil. also heat a tawa on a low flame for 5 minutes.
dum cooking ambur biryani:
  1. place the lid on the pan. then keep the pan on the hot tawa and dum cook ambur biryani on a low flame for 30 to 35 minutes.

  2. if baking – then bake the ambur biryani at 180 degrees celsius in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. please remember to use an oven proof glass utensil like the pyrex bowl for baking in the oven. you will have to assemble the biryani as mentioned above in the oven proof utensil. cover with aluminium foil and then bake.

  3. give a resting time of 5 to 7 minutes and then serve the ambur biryani. there should be no gravy or liquid at the bottom of the pan. if you see some gravy in the biryani, then continue to dum cook for some more minutes.

  4. serve ambur biryani with onion-tomato raita or onion raita.


how to make ambur veg biryani recipe with mushrooms:

preparing red chilli paste:

1. firstly rinse and then soak 4 to 5 dry red chilies in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. cover and keep aside.

2. after the red chilies have softened, place them in a small grinder jar. add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the soaked water.

3. grind to a smooth paste. keep the red chili paste aside.

cooking rice for ambur biryani:

1. when you keep the red chilies for soaking, then also rinse 1 heaped cup seeraga samba rice in water. then soak the rice grains in enough water for 30 minutes. meanwhile, when the red chilies and rice are soaking, prep the other ingredients like chopping mushrooms, onions and tomatoes etc.

2. after 30 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside. also bring 3.5 cups water to a boil in a pan. when the water comes to a boil, add 1 small tej patta, 1 green cardamom, 1 clove, ½ inch cinnamon and ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt.

3. bring the water to a rolling boil and add the rice.

4. do not reduce the flame and let the rice cook on a medium to high flame. cook the rice without covering the pan with any lid.

5. once the rice is ¾th cooked, then switch off the flame. the rice has to have some bite in the center when you eat it.

6. strain the rice in a colander. you can even rinse the rice in running water, so that they stop cooking. keep the cooked rice aside.

preparing mushroom gravy for ambur veg biryani:

1. in another pan heat 3 tablespoons oil. keep the flame to a low and then add 1 small to medium tej patta, 2 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and ½ inch cinnamon.

2. when the spices splutter and become fragrant, then add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.

3. saute the onions on a medium flame.

4. stir often while sauteing them.

5. saute the onions till start becoming golden.

6. when the onions start becoming golden, then add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.

7. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger & garlic goes away.

8. next add 1 cup chopped tomatoes.

9. saute the tomatoes for a minute.

10. then add 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves and 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

11. mix well.

12. now add 2 cups of sliced or chopped mushrooms.

13. mix the mushrooms with the rest of the masala.

14. keep the flame to a low or sim. then add ¼ cup fresh curd. quickly stir the curd while you add it.

15. next add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon coriander powder. both turmeric and coriander powder can be skipped. a reader had suggested that for an authentic taste of ambur biryani, you can skip both the powders.

16. then add the ground red chilli paste. mix very well.

17. add ½ cup water and stir.

18. season with salt as per taste. mix again.

19. cover the pan with its lid and simmer the gravy on a medium flame till the mushrooms are cooked. this takes about 7 to 8 minutes on a low to medium flame.

20. you should see some oil specks floating on top and the gravy will also reduce a bit.

assembling and layering ambur veg biryani:

1. now in the same pan, add the cooked rice. i removed half of the gravy, so that i can make four layers each of the gravy and rice. thus i layered with half of the rice. you can make two layers or four layers.

2. spread the remaining half of the mushroom gravy on the rice.

3. now spread the remaining rice evenly all over. you can dot the top layer of rice with some ghee if you want. this step is optional though.

4. seal the pan with an aluminium foil. also heat a tawa on a low flame for 5 minutes.

dum cooking biryani:

1. place the lid on the pan. then keep the pan on the hot tawa and dum cook biryani on a low flame for 30 to 35 minutes. if baking – then bake the biryani at 180 degrees celsius in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. please remember to use an oven proof glass utensil like the pyrex bowl for baking in the oven. you will have to assemble the biryani as mentioned above in the oven proof utensil. cover with aluminium foil and then bake.

2. give a resting time of 5 to 7 minutes and then serve the mushroom biryani. there should be no gravy or liquid at the bottom of the pan. if you see some gravy in the biryani, then continue to dum cook for some more minutes.

4. serve ambur biryani with onion-tomato raita or onion raita.




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This post was last modified on April 16, 2017, 7:45 pm

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