mushroom pulao

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

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.

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mushroom pulao

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

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Mushroom Pulao

4.84 from 12 votes
This is a mild, flavorful mushroom pulao recipe made with coconut milk.
mushroom pulao recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:25 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


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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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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45 comments/reviews

  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.

    • 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

    • Welcome Divya. Glad to know this.

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

    • thanks vinita for this feedback. glad.

  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

    • 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.

  5. Hi dasanna,

    I tried this … Nd it came out tasty 🙂 thanks again for the recipe dear

    • thanks deepthi. glad you liked the pulao ?

  6. Aaj maine mushroom pulao bana bhaut hi achha bana .thank u amit sir.5 stars

    • welcome deepa, thanks for positive views 🙂

  7. Thank u soooo much.for recipe .5 stars

    • welcome always deepa 🙂

  8. Hi there, I wish to prepare this pulao for Ganesh chaturti. I want to make for 10 people how much ingredients do you advise using?

    • this recipe serves around 4 to 5 people. so just double the recipe ingredients proportionately.

  9. tomorrow morning’s menu fixed. 😉
    being a vegetarian in Japan, I had to learn cooking.. and this blog is helping me out since day one.
    got some quick recipes, I can prepare for lunch before leaving for office 🙂
    thank you

    • very pleased to know this tushar 🙂 glad we could help you there to cook. thankyou for your positive words and wish you all the best.

  10. I am newly married. I made a pulao first time in my life n chose mushroom pulao from your blog..It came out so well…My husband liked it very much…Thank u so much dear…your recipes are helping me a lot to cook variety of food…that too in restaurant style…5 stars

    • congrats purnima 🙂 and pleased to know your husband liked the pulao. welcome always 🙂 god bless you.

  11. Dear Dasanna, the above Goan style mushroom pulav was tremendous hit. Sent a few pictures of the dish I had been talking to you earlier but I think I have missed your exact email id. Please give it to me again if you have no objection. Shall send them again. Very pleased with your recipes and am suggesting to many. Today I have made your method of wheat pizza and no doubt it is absolutely delicious. Thanks a lot. God bless you and yours. DK

    • thank you durga ji. i got all the sweets pics for diwali. by now you must have received my reply too. thanks again.

  12. Hey Amit
    Tried making the mushroom pulav and it’s fabulously delicious . Thanks buddy for posting this recipe4 stars

    • welcome vini. glad to know this.


    • thanks sherin

  14. thanks dassana for your reply …5 stars

    • welcome marina

  15. Hi dassana,

    I would want to make this pulav, but a little spectical. because whenever i make any pulav with the ingredients either the rice gets overcooked or viceversa .. can i cook the rice seperately. and also can this recipe be cooked with prawns ..


    • yes firstly you can add prawns. cook the rice in a pot or pan. soak rice for 30 minutes and then drain well. in a pressure cooker, for 1 cup of rice, depending on the quality, i always add 1.5 to 2 cups of water. if the rice is not soaked, then i add 2 to 2.5 cups of water. while cooking in a pan, i use the same amount. depending on the quality of rice, you can adjust the water. you can also cook the rice separately and then mix it with the gravy.

  16. Hi Dassana

    Can i try with shitake mushrooms as i just love shitake mushrooms.

    Am a great fan of your yummy recipes and easy steps for doing them as well as your awesome photos.
    Keep posting other such yummy recipes.

    • you can make this pulao with shiitake mushrooms. thanks shernaz for the positive comment.

  17. I just love mushrooms & recently when I was presented with dried oyster mushrooms, I happened to stumble upon this recipe.

    My wife prepared it, with due assistance from me of course, & in just few words. – it was just fantastic!!

    I can’t wait now to try out Chilly Mushroom. My wife has her work cut out for Sunday!

    • thanks dilip for this positive feedback. glad to know this.

  18. Hello! I do not own a pressure cooker…can it be done without? Would it be better to first cook the rice in a normal pot then?
    I just found your site and it is so nice looking through your recipes!

    • thanks claudine. you can cook the pulao in a pot. secondly cook everything together then it will taste like a pulao. no need to cook the rice separately. you can add about 3 to 3.5 cups of water. if there is a steamed outlet in your pot then add 3.5 cup of water. if there is no steam outlet then add 3 cup of water.

  19. Will give a try as it is mom’ recipe and moreover photos are too good.

    • thanks priya

  20. This pulao is exactly the way my mum also prepares…..simple comfort food anytime

  21. very delicious..i have tried this dish for more than 4 tyms 🙂

    • thanks anu… this pulao is a regular rice & mushroom based dish at my place along with south indian mushroom biryani.

  22. Hi…
    Looks really nice. Will try it for sure. Thanks for the recipe.

    • welcome sachu

  23. very nice

  24. I tried this Pulao for this Sunday lunch n it tastes simply nice. Very nice 🙂