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


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:

4.8 from 4 reviews
south indian mushroom biryani
spicy and hot mushroom biryani from south indian cuisine.
RECIPE TYPE: rice dish
CUISINE: south indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 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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  1. Lee says

    Dear Dassana,

    I am curious about the garlic ginger paste used here. Is this item something you purchase pre-made or do you put together the paste yourself? Please advise me on your preferred brand or a home recipe you might use.

    Thanks! Looking forward to trying this dish!
    Best wishes,

  2. shruthi says

    Biryani turned out awesome! Just like in restaurants. .may I say even better …I’m hooked to your website and have tried 6-7 recipes so far and each one of it is so good.

    I have a question…in case in need to double any recipe, do I go ahead n double all ingredients??
    I’m asking you this because, previosly I tried to do this with other recipes, the end products does not taste exactly as the original recipe. Could you pls guide me here ( esp onion, tomato and whole garam masala quantities)

    • says

      thanks shruthi, you can double up the biryani recipes. because the recipe is made in parts and then the layering is done. i have tried doubling the recipe and it had worked for me. but otherwise, for other recipes doubling or tripling the ingredients does not work always. since this is a layered recipe… and if even the rice becomes more or vegetables becomes less then its still OK. even if the masala becomes too much then it gets balance with the rice. so give it a try.

  3. Sujatha Rajesh says

    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…

  4. anita says

    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.

  5. Zoe says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  6. Ashu G G says


    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

    • says

      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.

  7. suhani says

    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..

    • says

      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.

  8. Sania says

    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 :)

  9. says

    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…

  10. says

    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!


  11. suhani says

    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

    • says

      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.

  12. Meeta says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  13. suhani says

    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..

    • says

      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.

  14. says

    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.

  15. says

    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.

  16. hemlata says

    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.

    • says

      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 :-)

  17. says

    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…..

  18. says

    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 :)