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Mushroom pulao recipe with step by step photos – quick, easy and tasty mushroom pulao recipe made in pressure cooker.

mushroom pulao

Sharing a vegetarian version of Goan pulao. again one of those pulao which were made often at home. This pulao recipe is similar to the Goan prawn pulao my mom makes at home. Minus the prawns but delicious.

This is a simple, quick and extremely tasty pulao. it is a handy recipe when you have little time or are tired to cook and yet long for comfort homemade food. I have used button mushrooms in the pulao. Though you can use any variety of fresh or dried mushrooms. You could also make this pulao with mixed veggies of your choice instead of mushrooms.

The addition of coconut milk in the pulao, gives it a rich taste. Though if you do not have coconut milk, just add water. At times when there is no ready coconut milk, I add water and prepare the mushroom pulao. The entire dish is cooked in a pressure cooker. Though you can also make the recipe in a pan. You can also check this Easy mushroom pulav.

Serve this Goan style mushroom pulao plain or with a side of onion-lemon salad or veggie salad or raita.

How to make mushroom pulao

1. Pick, rinse and soak the rice for 30 mins. When the rice is getting soaked, chop all the onions, tomatoes, potatoes, green chilies. Rinse and chop the mushrooms too. After 30 minutes, strain all the water and keep the soaked rice aside.

rice for mushroom pulao recipe

2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil. Add the whole garam masala and saute till they splutter and become fragrant.

masala for mushroom pulao recipe

3. Next add sliced onions.

onions for mushroom pulao recipe

4. Stir and saute the onions on a low to medium flame till they become light golden.

onions for mushroom pulao recipe

5. Then add the ginger-garlic paste or crushed ginger-garlic.

ginger for mushroom pulao recipe

6. Saute till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic goes away. This takes just some seconds.

garlic for preparing mushroom pulao recipe

7. Add the chopped tomatoes, green chilies & potatoes. you can also add about ⅓ cup of green peas at this step.

tomatoes to make mushroom pulao recipe

8. Stir and saute for a minute.

making mushroom pulao recipe

9. Now add the sliced or chopped button mushrooms.

making mushroom pulao recipe

10. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes.

making mushroom pulao recipe

Cooking mushroom pulao

11. Add the soaked rice.

making Goan mushroom pulao recipe

12. Saute the rice for 1 minute stirring gently on a low flame.

rice to make mushroom pulao recipe

13. Add coconut milk.

milk to make mushroom pulao recipe

14. Next add water.

water to make mushroom pulao recipe

15. Stir and mix very well.

preparing mushroom pulao recipe

16. Now season with salt. Stir again.

salt to make mushroom pulao recipe

17. Pressure cook the mushroom pulao for 2 to 3 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes. If using 3-liter cooker, pressure cook for 2 whistles and for a 2 litre cooker, pressure cook for 3 whistles.

making mushroom pulao recipe

18. When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, remove the lid. Gently fluff the mushroom pulao.

making mushroom pulao recipe

19. serve mushroom pulao With sliced onions and lime. You could also have it with onion-tomato raita and roasted papad.

mushroom pulao recipe

More delicious rice recipes !

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  • Peas pulao – aromatic and tasty matar pulao recipe from the Punjabi cuisine.
  • Mushroom rice – an easy and quick recipe of mushroom rice made in european style.
  • Mushroom biryani – spicy and tasty vegetarian biryani with mushrooms from the Chettinad cuisine.
  • Mushroom fried rice – a stir fried Chinese style fried rice with mushrooms.

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mushroom pulao recipe

Mushroom Pulao

4.84 from 12 votes
This is a mild, flavorful mushroom pulao recipe made with coconut milk.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine Goan
Course: Main Course

Servings 3


main ingredients

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice – you can use any type of long grained rice
  • 200 to 250 grams white button mushrooms, sliced or chopped
  • 85 grams onion or 1 medium size onion, thinly sliced or finely chopped, about ⅓ to ½ cup sliced or chopped onions
  • 1 medium size tomato or ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 medium size potato, peeled & cubed (optional)
  • 1 to 2 green chilies, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon Ginger-Garlic Paste or 1 inch ginger + 6 to 7 garlic, crushed in mortar-pestle
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk + 1.5 to 1.75 cups water or an overall of 2.5 to 2.75 cups water (add depending on the quality of rice. usually most basmati rice which have been soaked for 20 to 30 mins before, requires about 2.5 cups water if you want separate grains. for a slightly more cooked texture, you can add 2.75 to 3 cups of water)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • salt or sea salt as required

whole spices for mushroom pulao

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds , optional
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 4 to 5 cloves
  • 6 to 7 black pepper
  • 1 to 1.5 inches cinnamon


preparation for mushroom pulao

  • Clean, wash and soak the rice for 20 to 30 minutes. 
  • When the rice is getting soaked, chop all the veggies. Rinse and chop the mushrooms too.
  • Take all the whole garam masala and keep it aside.

making mushroom pulao

  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil. Add the whole garam masala including cumin, and fry till they become fragrant. About few seconds.
  • Add the onions and fry them till translucent.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell of the paste disappears.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms. Saute for 8-10 minutes till the mushrooms are half cooked. Keep on stirring in between.
  • Add the soaked rice and the chopped green chili.
  • Saute the rice for 1-2 minutes stirring in between on a low flame.
  • Add the coconut milk and water. Stir and season with salt.
  • Pressure cook mushroom pulao for 2 to 3 whistles.
  • When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves or mint leaves and serve mushroom pulao with sliced onions and lime. You could also have it with onion-tomato raita.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Mushroom Pulao
Amount Per Serving
Calories 666 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Sodium 857mg37%
Potassium 976mg28%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 340IU7%
Vitamin C 20.2mg24%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 6.9mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hi Dassana, I have been making this pulao recipe for a while now, and it is a huge hit in our home. The addition of coconut milk transforms the pulao altogether. I use 200ML Thai Taste coconut milk pouches which are easily available here in London. I have so far made this pulao with mixed vegetables, and plan to try it out with mushrooms and potatos this weekend. I also plan to try your mushroom pepper fry tomorrow. Thhanks as always for posting these recipes. I return to your blog time and again for ideas and recipes when I cannot figure out what to cook.

    1. thank you geetha. i am glad that the recipes are turning good. i hope you like the mushroom pepper fry as well. welcome and happy cooking.

  2. This mushroom pulao turned out to be very tasty,delicious, thanks for the recipe,did some modifications in the recipe but overall very tasty.5 stars

  3. Made mushroom pulao for dinner toay.It was smelling divine and tasted fabulous.Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  4. Dassana didi, I keep reading most of your recipes but never took the effort to make one. This is the first one i did and i cudnt go away without posting. It came out simply superb! 🙂 (I’m not someone who comments on sites. This is my first time 😛 )
    What I wanted to mention here is, though we have lots of YouTube channels on cooking, there is something special about your page here, the way you describe one recipe, posting pics and extra tips. When we want to make one recipe and we’re in kitchen we wouldn’t want to keep watching a video, note down things or pause it in between to go do. Here i cud simply scroll according to my need without missing anything, coz you see the full recipe in one go according to your pace n need. So keep posting! I would definitely try more and let you know 🙂

    Thanku so much! Stay blessed 🙂5 stars

    1. Welcome Amy. Thanks a lot for your detailed feedback. I appreciate it much. Do try some more recipes and feel free to ask any query about cooking.

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