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ambur biryani recipe with mushrooms
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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.

ambur veg biryani recipe

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:

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:

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ambur biryani recipe with mushrooms
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ambur biryani recipe with mushrooms

ambur style biryani recipe with mushrooms - a vegetarian version of the famous biryani from ambur.
course main course
cuisine south indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 1 hour
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.

chilies for ambur veg biryani recipe

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

chilies for ambur veg biryani recipe

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

chilies for ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

rice for ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

spices for ambur veg biryani recipe

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

rice for ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

rice for ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

rice for ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

rice for ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

spices for ambur veg biryani recipe

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

onions for ambur veg biryani recipe

3. saute the onions on a medium flame.

onions for ambur veg biryani recipe

4. stir often while sauteing them.

preparing ambur biryani recipe

5. saute the onions till start becoming golden.

preparing ambur biryani recipe

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

making ambur biryani recipe

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

making ambur biryani recipe

8. next add 1 cup chopped tomatoes.

making ambur veg biryani recipe

9. saute the tomatoes for a minute.

making ambur veg biryani recipe

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

preparing ambur veg biryani recipe

11. mix well.

preparing ambur veg biryani recipe

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

mushrooms for ambur biryani recipe

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

mushrooms for ambur biryani recipe

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

curd for ambur biryani recipe

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.

spices for ambur biryani recipe

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

making ambur biryani recipe

17. add ½ cup water and stir.

water for ambur biryani recipe

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

salt for ambur biryani recipe

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.

making ambur veg biryani recipe

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

making ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

layering biryani - ambur veg biryani recipe

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

layering biryani - ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

layering biryani - ambur veg biryani recipe

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

layering biryani - ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

making ambur veg biryani recipe

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.

making ambur veg biryani recipe

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

ambur biryani recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Very nice recipe with detailed steps.

    • thanks pranita

  2. thanks for the recipe.. Tried this recipe and it was awesome 🙂

    • Welcome Charitha

  3. Hi dassana! Ur recipies are the most reliable out there when it comes veg dishes. I’ve tried a few of them myself and all of those have turned out well 🙂

    I came across this recipe of urz by chance today and was pleasantly surprised. Am sure it’ll taste good. But if u really want to get the authentic taste do skip on turmeric and dhaniya. Most of the flavor and colour is got from red chillies and tomatoes.

    I found this link to be very close to the authentic taste.
    my apologies for not being able to find a vegetarian site.

    Ps: my hometown is ambur. N this biryani is a staple without surprise,hence thought I’ll just share my 2 cents. I owe that much to u. After all I’ve learnt quiet alot from ur recipies too. 🙂

    • thanks suman and yes you do owe this to me 🙂 nice to know you are from ambur.

      i checked the link you have given and the recipe has been adapted from the same youtube video which i have also adapted from. adding turmeric and coriander powder was my own idea. turmeric is one ingredient which i add in every dish. sometimes while trying and testing recipes which do not have turmeric powder, i add in these recipes too. considering the health benefits of turmeric powder, i add it in most of the recipes. but i will make this biryani as you have suggested minus the turmeric and coriander powder. its a family favorite now. i will also update about turmeric and coriander powder being optional in the post. lastly i am removing the link as then the comment gets spammed.

      • Glad to know,that ur family likes it. I hope ur next attempt turns out delicious too! 😀

        • surely it will turn out delicious. atleast that much i can vouch for.

  4. Dear Dassana, thank you for the wonderful recipe, I have not tried it yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be yum just like all the others ?. I had a question regarding the garam masalas (I.e. the cinnamon, cardamom, laung…) we don’t like the big pieces of these masalas in our food, in that case if I am crushing them, do I need to use lesser quantity of masalas?

    • welcome shreya. for cooking rice, you can just tie the whole garam masala in a small potli or bag and then place it in hot water. use a malmal/muslin or thin cotton cloth for the potli. for rice, you don’t crush the spices. it will come in the mouth while eating. if you powder finely and add to the rice, the flavors of rice will change. for the gravy, you can crush the spices and add. but do crush or powder finely.

  5. Awesome taste Dassana ma’am!! Simply superb…. thanks for the recipe

    • glad you liked the recipe sanjai and thanks for the feedback.