Mushroom Dum Biryani is a classic vegetarian version of meaty Biryani. Laced with aromatic whole spices this mushroom Dum Biryani is scrumptious . Treat your family and friends with this yummy dish. I bet they will just love it. .We love to eat Biryani .

Some Facts about Biryani:

  • Biryani Is a very flavorful and mostly meat based
  • There are Vegetarian versions these days.
  • We have popular Biryanis in the South and North
  • Biryani is Rich and aromatic with exotic Spices and Saffron

What is the theme for Shhhhh Cooking?

This month the theme is Exotic Biryanis and Pulao suggested by Swaty . The hostess is my partner this month. Swaty ia a versatile blogger with many traditional and international recipes on her blog. She gave me two secret ingredients Star Anise and Yogurt. I gave her two secret ingredients saffron milk and green cardamom. My humble contribution to the theme is Mushroom Biryani and Swaty has whipped up this scrumptious Jackfruit Biryani.

Some Main Ingredients for Mushroom Dum Biryani :

  • Button Mushrooms : You can use fresh button mushrooms or canned ones too. Button mushrooms are the best for Biryani.
  • Ghee : Ghee adds a nice aroma and richness to the Biryani.
  • Fried Onions : I love the fried onions garnished on the Biryani. Flavorful and crunchy.
  • Fresh Mint : Mint adds a nice flavor and refreshing taste to the Biryani.
  • Saffron Soaked Milk: Exotic ingredient in the Biryani. Do not skip.
  • Fresh Coriander: A flavorful ingredient in this Biryani.
  • Thick Yogurt: Whisk the thick yogurt always.
  • Whole Spice: The heart of any Biryani.
  • Raita: Have it with Raita of your choice.


Preethi Prasad
Classic Vegetarian Mushroom Dum Biryani
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 d 45 mins
Soaking Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People


  • Wide Bottom Cooking pan
  • Spatula
  • Deep dish for cooking rice
  • Tava / Tawa


  • 2 Cups Long Grain Basmati Rice
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • 3 Nos Cloves
  • 1 Tbsp Finely Chopped Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 Tbsp Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander
  • Salt to Taste

For the Mushroom Masala

  • 1 Tbsp Ghee
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Nos Bay Leaf
  • 6 Nos Green Cardamom
  • 4 Nos Cloves
  • 2 Nos Star Anise
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon
  • 3 Nos Black Cardamom
  • 4 Nos Mace
  • 1 Tsp Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Shahi Jeera
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 3 Nos Green Chillis Slit
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Mint Leaves (Keep some for Garnish)
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander (Keep some for Garnish)
  • 3 Nos Medium Sized Onions Sliced
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1.5 Tsp Kasmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 5 Tbsp Thick Yogurt whisked
  • 1 Cup Button Mushrooms
  • 8 Strands Saffron soaked in 1 Tbsp milk
  • Salt to taste

For Garnish

  • 1/2 Cup Fried Onions
  • 10 Nos Roasted Cashews
  • 1 Tsp Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander

For Dum

  • Dough to seal the pan


  • Wash and Soak Basmati rice for about 20 minutes .
  • Add ghee in a wide bottom pan.
  • Add cloves and roast for few seconds.
  • Now drain and add Soaked rice , mint leaves and fresh coriander , salt and cook it untill it is 75% done.
  • Turn off the heat and keep it aside

For Mushroom Masala

  • Heat Oil and Ghee in a wide bottom Pan.
  • Add Bay Leaf , Green Cardamom, cloves, star anise , cinnamon , black cardamom , mace ,jeera, Shahi Jeera and saute for a few seconds.
  • Now add sliced onions , slit green chillies and fry them untill the onions are nicely browned.
  • Now add fresh ginger garlic paste and cook for 3 minutes untill the raw smell is gone.
  • Add salt ,turmeric powder , kashmiri chilli powder and garam masala and fry for about 2 minutes.Ensure the masala does not burn.
  • Now add mushrooms and cook untill they are nice and soft.
  • Now add the whisked Thick yogurt and mix all the ingredients.
  • Let it simmer for 2 minutes
  • Turn off the heat .
  • Drain the partially cooked rice and layer it on top of the mushroom masala. Pat it well.
  • Place a Tava on stove.
  • Place the Pan with rice and mushroom masala on the tava.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander , fresh mint leaves , fried onions and roasted cashews.
  • Pour the saffron soaked milk evenly on top. Add the remaining ghee on all the sides
  • Cover it with an airtight lid.
  • Seal the lid with the dough so that the it is completely air tight and flavor remains intact.
  • Now turn on the heat and cook on very low flame for about 30 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat once done. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with Any raita of your choice.


  1. To get nice fluffy rice soak it for about 20 mins before cooking.
  2. Add Kewra essence in case like the flavor
  3. Always cook in ghee for delicious biryani
  4. Button mushrooms are perfect for biryani
  5. I always have fried onions in stock .You can always make it in advance ans tore it in an air tight container.
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  1. 5 stars
    Mushroom Biryani looks and sounds delicious. I can imagine how flavorful it must be with so many spices going into it. Loved the pic too with birista and raw onions contrasting with each other.

  2. 5 stars
    Wow Preethi, you’ve got me drooling, seriously. I love mushrooms and am thinking why I’ve not tried out a mushroom biryani as yet. I now have your recipe to follow and will make it soon.

  3. I love mushrooms and will love to try your version of Mushroom Dum Biryani. I always make Mushroom Pulao with minium spices.. will try your recipe which sounds so flavourful with all the spices added to it.

  4. This mushroom biriyani looks so aromatic. I make this very often and my family loves it. This version has more different types of whole spices and looks richer. Would love to try this.

  5. 5 stars
    Mushroom dum biryani looks so inviting. My kids love Mushroom so I am going to try it sometime. Biryani with all the spices and saffron must be flavorful and delicious.

  6. 5 stars
    Hubby n kids would love it as they are the ones who eat mushroom at home. definitely bookmarked to share it with him as he loves to cook a good mushroom dish too..

  7. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    5 stars
    What a droolworthy platter of biriyani this is! I love anything with mushroom in it and I am sure I would enjoy this one as well…

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