mushroom biryani recipe, how to make mushroom biryani or kalaan biryani

by dassana amit updated October 31, 2013

mushroom biryani, south indian mushroom biryani, mushroom biryani recipe

after having south indian mushroom biryani most of the times for lunch at the pepper vine cafe at the isha yoga center in coimbatore, india….. we have got addicted to it.

in tamil language this is known as kalaan biryani. what was served at the cafe was spicy and hot biryani. when we came back i wanted to try making the biryani at home.

mushroom biryani recipe

i searched for the mushroom biryani recipe on the mother of all search engines – google and came across many. finally i decided to adapt the recipe from chef kannan’s video on youtube.

mushroom biryani masala

chef’s recipe is made without any oil, so good for heart patients. i made the mushroom biryani both with and without oil on separate occasions.

to be honest, i liked the one made with oil. the frying of the masala in the oil does impart a lot of taste and flavours which does not come out so well in the oil free version.

below are pics of both the oil free and the oil versions of the mushroom biryani. the left pic is of the oil-free version and the right is the oil version.

mushroom biryani

the whole video is in tamil language and i could not understand a thing. since i am a visual person, i could only relate with the imagery in the video. i have made some changes to the recipe as always. i make this biryani atleast one or twice a week.

the mushroom biryani came very close to the one served at the isha yoga center cafe. this south indian mushroom biryani pairs very well with a kuchumber or plain onion-tomato raita. you don’t need anything else.

mushroom biryani recipe

more mushroom recipes on the way…… which will be updated soon like mushroom manchurian and mushroom methi.

mushroom methi and mushroom manchurian

if you are a mushroom lover like us, then here are some recipes for you that are quick enough to be made as well as quick enough to get over. instead of giving text links, i thought it would be a nice idea to give picture links. hope you guys like this.

chilli mushroom

chilli mushroom - indo chinese chilli mushroom recipe

mushroom vindaloo


penne pasta with mushrooms


garlic mushroom

dum pukht
mushroom biryani


dhingri dolma
 an awadhi recipe


mushroom biryani recipe details below:

5.0 from 3 reviews
south indian mushroom biryani
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spicy and hot mushroom biryani from south indian cuisine.
Recipe type: rice dish
Cuisine: south indian
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 200-250 gms mushroom
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 or 2 green chili
  • ½ tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup mint + coriander leaves
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ or 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves (optional)
  • salt
whole spices:
  • 1 cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • pinch of mace/javitri (optional)
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 3-4 small cardamom
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small star anise
  1. heat oil in a pan.
  2. fry all the whole spices mentioned above till they become fragrant.
  3. now add the onion and fry them till they become transparent.
  4. now add the tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste, curry leaves, green chilies, half of the mint-coriander leaves and all the spice powders.
  5. fry for 2-3 minutes.
  6. now cover the pan and cook the masala.
  7. make sure the masala does not get burnt.
  8. remove after some minutes and stir.
  9. when the masala is all one and the tomatoes are all cooked & mushy, add the chopped mushrooms.
  10. saute for 2-3 minutes.
  11. add 4 cups water and stir.
  12. cover the pan with a lid and let the mushrooms cook for some 4-5 minutes.
  13. add rice and mix well.
  14. add salt and the remaining half of the mint-coriander leaves.
  15. cover and cook till the rice is done.
  16. while serving mushroom biryani garnish with some mint or coriander leaves.
i have made the biryani with button mushroom coz thats the only variety of mushroom we get here. you can make the biryani with any variety of mushrooms.
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Serving size: 4

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Sujatha Rajesh December 19, 2013 1

Hi Dassana,

I chanced upon your site after searching for “mushroom biryani” using tags “Coimbatore” ; and should say am lucky landing here. Tried it today and it came out awesome..just as I had wanted. Actually, I am from Coimbatore and here at a local restaurant we get similar biryani and was wanting to do the same for a long time. All my family members enjoyed today’s lunch..thx a zillion..

P.S. U have a lovely collection of recipes and most of them are very tempting; eager to try them one by one…


dassana amit December 20, 2013 2

thanks sujatha for this positive feedback on mushroom biryani recipe. its always nice to hear good reviews from readers. do try other recipes too :-)


anita November 8, 2013 3

Hi dassana,
This is an awesome recipe…we started having mushrooms just 2 yrs back and now mushroom biryani is like one of our fav…even tried it for guests…it came out delucious….thanks a lot.


dassana November 8, 2013 4

thanks and welcome anita.


Priya June 14, 2013 5

Hi dassana,thank u 4 the wonderful recipe I am going 2 try it today, nice pics looks tempting :-)


dassana June 14, 2013 6

thanks priya. do rate the recipe once you try it.


Priya June 17, 2013 7

Hey sorry 4 the delay,the biryani was awesome!!! thanks a ton :-)


Suja Md May 1, 2013 8

Wow!! lovely presentation! first time landed here! love your recipes!!!


Ashu G G January 9, 2013 9

Dassanaji, I tride this Biryani today. Very nice, thanks.


dassana January 9, 2013 10

thanks ashu.


sushma reddy January 8, 2013 11

the recipe is awsome


dassana January 8, 2013 12

thanks sushma.


Zoe December 30, 2012 13

I tried this Biryani today. The colour and aroma was awesome. :)
However I am soooo new to cooking that I need guidance on salt always. How much salt will you add to this when cooking for your family? And do you add garam masala in the end in this recipe too?
And thanks in advance for the help. :) I am going to try most of your vegetarian recipes.


dassana December 31, 2012 14

dear zohra, this mushroom biryani recipe is a fav at home too. in this recipe the garam masala is added along with the other masalas. for some recipes i add garam masala before and for some towards the end.

regarding salt… i add salt with andaz, the indian way of estimation. but for beginners, i suggest adding less salt first. then checking the taste. if the salt is less, then add some more. for any recipe meant for 2-3 people, my suggestion would be to add 1/2 tsp salt first and then increase it later to suit your salt preference.


Ashu G G November 17, 2012 15


Please biryani ki recipi hindi me de denge kya. Ham Mushroom har din khate hai. Kynki Ham khud gharme farming karte hai. Ham English jyada jante nahi ho. Pl email pe bhej dijiye.
Ashu G G


dassana November 17, 2012 16

ashuji, aap biryani ka hindi mein translation directly page par hi kar sakte hain. right hand side bar main pinterest ke lal button ke upar google translate ka box hain. us box main drop down se hindi select kijiye and aur saara post hindi main anuvad ho jayega. recipe banana ke liye aapko samagri aur prakirya janana hoga, jo google translate tool bahut acche se karta hain… baki ka post hain woh itna achcha nahin translate karta hain, phir bhi samajh main aa jata hain.


suhani October 2, 2012 17

hey Dassana..although i have made this biryani thrice till now but i have a confusion..u have’nt mentioned in ur recipe when to add the khada masala..however i add it before u powder them or add the same as above..


dassana October 2, 2012 18

thanks suhani. i have made the correction. the whole masala or spices have to be added before frying the onions. what you are doing is right. you don’t need to powder them. just adding them whole is alright.


Sania October 2, 2012 19

Hello again:)
going to try your mushroom methi recipe today and i’m sure it will come out great…and i absolutely love mushrooms …will be trying all of these one by one!
PS: your smiley face is very warm and welcoming like your entire site :)


dassana October 2, 2012 20

thanks sania. this biryani is a very good recipe and it will come out great. do let me know.


renu September 17, 2012 21

hi dassana… had missed this as i did not get any update… the mushroom biriyani ooks very temting and i will try this soon… lovely pics…


Mushrooms Canada August 22, 2012 22

I’m a huge fan of Indian food, but have never tried biryani. After seeing how quick and simple it is with a flavour burst of mushrooms, I’m sold! Thanks for sharing what I’m sure will be a new favourite!



dassana August 23, 2012 23



suhani August 20, 2012 24

hey Dassana..let me tell u that u hv made my weekend..the biryani was just superb..this is again going to be made next week..also my hubby liked it..thanks for the recipe..mmmm i can still remember the taste..cant stop thinking about it..ha ha


dassana August 21, 2012 25

thanks suhani. glad to know this.

i also make the mushroom biryani atleast once a week. this is one of the biryanis i make which is easy and quick plus tasty as well. hence i make it often.


Meeta August 18, 2012 26

Dear Dassana, how r u? this receipe is amazing…full of flavours bursting in the mouth and in the air too…i cooked it but was not expecting it to come out so yummy…now it has become my favourite kid and hubby also liked it very very much.. the whole house was full of its aromatic and spiritual fragrance… thank you dassana for sharing such a wonderful biryani receipe…Also last time i had cooked veg hyd biryani but i didnt add mint leaves as was not there.. & today i came to know the importance of adding mint leaves-:)
bye tc.. with love meeta.


dassana August 18, 2012 27

thanks meeta. i am good. your comment has made my day. feels great to know that your family liked the mushroom biryani. actually the pics do not convey the taste and the flavors of the biryani. it does not look like a great recipe. photographing rice dishes is not easy at times.

mint leaves really bring out a lot in biryani and pulaos in terms of flavor. even if you add some mint leaves in your simple veg pulao, they taste very different. next time when you make the biryani, do add mint leaves to it. it is an essential and important ingredient in the biryani. something will be missing if you don’t add it.


thavamani August 17, 2012 28

thks dasana,looks very tasty mushroom briyani,i wil cooked tomoro and reply to you,


dassana August 17, 2012 29

sure thavamani. do give the feedback.


Tamilarasi August 17, 2012 30

Yummy Briyani.. My sons favourite..Thnx for sharing


suhani August 17, 2012 31

hi r u..where hv u been..i really missed u and ur when i was just thinking of making the hyderabadi biryani here comes mushroom biryani..i m confused which one to make now..anyways i will make this one soon..will tell u the results..


dassana August 17, 2012 32

i am good suhani. i was on a short break hence did not post anything for almost a week, even on janmashtami and independence day.

you can make both on separate ocassions. hyderabad biryani is really a nawabi style dum biryani and if the your mood or some ocassion calls for something special than you make this.

mushroom biryani, on the other hand is simple but spicy and can go in the regular menu. it is quick and even can be made in a hurry. you can also pressure cook. but for pressure cooking keep the water amount to 4 cups and 3-4 whistles would be fine.

both go well with kuchumber, papad and raita.


Your Cookery Book August 17, 2012 33

Ahh mushrooms. Mushrooms are always in our menu. I and my partner like homemade grilled portabella mushroom and halloumi burger with salad. Great biryani and lovely clicks though.


radha August 16, 2012 34

This looks delicious. To think you watched a video which was in a language you did not understand and then adapted it is amazing! Love the other dishes you have featured here too. Unfortunately the husband does like mushrooms. Maybe I will adapt it to other vegetables.


Kanan August 16, 2012 35

Dassana, Looks so tempting. I am not able to understand the language in that video. :) But not a problem, I have written recipe by you. Your other mushroom recipes are also looking very good.


dassana August 17, 2012 36

thanks kanan. even i cannot understand tamil but could make out the recipe from the video.


hemlata August 16, 2012 37

Dear dasana,at the end of every receipe,i do not like that my e-mail add can be seen by every coment is for everybody body to read but not e-mail adress…………is this only on my computer that i can see or every body who like to read blogs? if so can we fix this problem? i do like to read your receipes,thanks a lot.


dassana August 17, 2012 38

dear hemlata, yours or anyone’s email address is not visible on the web. it does not even show in the source codes. so there is no need to worry dear. you can safely read the new as well as old posts :-)


hemlata August 16, 2012 39

mushroom biriyani is realy realy tasty.thanks a lot.dear dassana .


dassana August 17, 2012 40

welcome hemlata


Funwidfud August 16, 2012 41

Mushroom biryani looks flavorful and delicious with the spice mix…and we love it when mushrooms are cooked with rice which imparts its own taste..Has come over here many times seeing your beautiful clicks at foodgwaker…so there is nothing to say about clicks..They are amazing…..


dassana August 17, 2012 42

thanks reshmi :-)


prathibha August 16, 2012 43

I love mushroom biryani..looks delicious n nice clicks dassana


Nisa Homey August 16, 2012 44

Ah! mushroom, brings nostalgic memories of coorg….I used to make it often while living there… here in the city it comes in packets, I still prefer the ones in the backyard…. but have to be cautious with it…your clicks is just amazing….. now I am tempted to make one :)


Anamika @ madcookingfusions August 16, 2012 45

Looks delish Dassana!! Loved the use of all the spices in the mushroom biryani, clicks as usual great and not to miss the steam coming out of the mushrooms while they are getting cooked….wow!!!


chinmayie @ love food eat August 16, 2012 46

My husband loves mushroom biriyani and i have never made it for him. This recipes looks really good.