Mushroom Biryani (Instant Pot & Stovetop)

Aromatic and flavorful Mushroom Biryani cooked in the Instant Pot.

This one-pot meal is one of my favorite ways to eat mushrooms. Serve it with a cooling raita.

pair of hand holding a bowl of mushroom biryani with one hand digging into the bowl with a spoon

Like I mentioned in this post, I have been cooking with mushrooms way more these days.

My in-laws are here which means I have company in eating mushrooms, yay!

This Instant Pot Mushroom Biryani is one of my favorite ways to enjoy mushrooms, other than the tikka of course.

Fragrant whole spices, aromatic basmati rice, mushrooms, fresh herbs and nuts makes this a wonderfully spiced dish!

I love one-pot meals, they are just so convenient especially when you are having a busy day.

This mushroom biryani is one such one-pot meal which you can make quickly without spending hours in the kitchen!

This Instant Pot Mushroom Biryani

✓ is wonderfully spiced

✓ is vegan and gluten-free

✓ makes a wholesome meal

✓ one-pot meal which is convenient for busy days!

This is obviously a quick way to make biryani. The traditional way always involves more steps but we are talking easy here, right?

I always like to start with soaking my rice for a bit. I just soak for 10 minutes and then start making the biryani, by the time it is time to add rice to the pot, it has already soaked for 20 minutes and that’s good enough.

Also remember to rinse the rice very well until water turns clear and then soak it. This helps in removing the starch and helps in keeping the grains separate.

mushroom biryani served in a black bowl and garnished with lime wedges, chopped mint and cilantro

A good biryani uses a lot of spices. This mushroom biryani recipe calls for whole spices and only 2 ground spices.

I also add fresh cilantro, mint and cashews for the crunch. All these flavors come together wonderfully in the end.

This recipe of mushroom biryani is vegan. You can however use yogurt in place of coconut milk if that’s what you have on hand.

Then it would not be vegan of course but it would still be just as good!

For this recipe, I have used 8 oz mushrooms however if you love lot of mushrooms in your biryani, I would strongly suggest doubling the quantity of mushrooms! It’s a personal choice so adjust to taste.

Stove-Top Mushroom Biryani

Can you make this biryani on stove-top? Of course yes.

You will need to follow the same steps except do that on stove-top.

Please read the instructions below in the recipe card.

Serving Suggestions for Mushroom Biryani

I love to serve this biryani with a simple raita made of onion, tomatoes. I will share the recipe soon.

Until then, here are some other raita recipes that will pair well: spinach raita, beetroot raita, mango mint raita.

Method

Before you start, rinse the basmati rice until water turns clear. Then soak it in 2 cups water for 20 minutes and then drain the water using a colander and set it aside.

I usually let it soak for 10 minutes and then start with the process of making the biryani. By the time, it’s time to add the rice, it has already been soaked for 20 minutes.

1- Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil and then add the whole spices- bay leaf, cinnamon stick, green cardamom, cloves, peppercorns and shahi jeera.

Saute for few seconds until the spices are fragrant.

2- Then add the sliced onion, green chili and cashews.

3- Cook for around 3 minutes until the onions are soft and light brown and cashews are lightly browned too. Then add in the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.

4- Add in the mushrooms and cook them for 1 to 2 minutes. Remember to slice them thick. You can add more mushrooms if you want here.

step by step picture of making mushroom biryani in instant pot

5- Then add in the coconut milk and stir.

6- Once you add the milk, use your spatula to scrape the bottom and de-glaze the pot.

Since you sautéed  the onion, there will be brown bits at the bottom and you want to get rid of it else the pot won’t come to pressure.

7- Add the chopped cilantro and mint.

8- Then add the garam masala, smoked paprika and salt.

step by step picture of making mushroom biryani in instant pot

9- Add the rinsed and drained rice and toss to combine with the rest of the ingredients.

10- Add water, don’t stir, most of the rice should be under water.

Then add the rose water (if using) on top.

11- Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, with the pressure valve in the sealing position. Let the pressure release naturally.

12- Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.

step by step picture of making mushroom biryani in instant pot

Serve Mushroom Biryani with a side of yogurt or raita.

mushroom biryani served in a black bowl with bowl of yogurt and plate of sliced onions in the background

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Mushroom Biryani

Mushroom Biryani made in the Instant Pot! Fragrant basmati rice cooked with spices, mushrooms, fresh herbs makes this a wonderfully spiced dish. Vegan & gluten-free.

pair of hand holding a bowl of mushroom biryani with one hand digging into the bowl with a spoon
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword mushroom biryani
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 459 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 1 vote
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice, 200 grams, soaked for 20 minutes in 2 cups water and then drained
  • 2 tablespoons oil, 30 ml, I used avocado oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole green cardamom
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 5-6 black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon shahi jeera (black cumin seeds), or use regular cumin seeds
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 green chili, sliced, or add more to taste
  • 12-15 whole cashews
  • 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 8-10 oz white mushrooms, sliced thick
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, 4 oz
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup water, 8 oz
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water, optional

Instructions

  1. Before you start, rinse the basmati rice until water turns clear. Then soak it in 2 cups water for 20 minutes and then drain the water using a colander and set it aside.

    I usually let it soak for 10 minutes and then start with the process of making the biryani. By the time, it's time to add the rice, it has already been soaked for 20 minutes.

  2. Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil and then add the whole spices- bay leaf, cinnamon stick, green cardamom, cloves, peppercorns and shahi jeera.

    Saute for few seconds until the spices are fragrant.

  3. Then add the sliced onion, green chili and cashews. Cook for around 3 minutes until the onions are soft and light brown and cashews are lightly browned too. Then add in the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.

  4. 4- Add in the mushrooms and cook them for 1 to 2 minutes. Remember to slice them thick. You can add more mushrooms if you want here.

  5. Then add in the coconut milk and stir. Once you add the milk, use your spatula to scrape the bottom and de-glaze the pot. Since you sautéed  the onion, there will be brown bits at the bottom and you want to get rid of it else the pot won't come to pressure.

  6. Add the chopped cilantro and mint. Then add the garam masala, smoked paprika and salt.

  7. Add the rinsed and drained rice and toss to combine with the rest of the ingredients.

  8. Add water, don't stir, most of the rice should be under water.

    Then add the rose water (if using) on top.

  9. Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, with the pressure valve in the sealing position. Let the pressure release naturally.

  10. Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve Mushroom Biryani with a side of yogurt or raita.

Stove-top Instructions

  1. Start with rinsing and then soaking the rice for 20 minutes. Drain water and set it aside. Heat a heavy bottom pan on medium heat. Once it's hot, add the oil and then the whole spices.

  2. After that follow all the steps as mentioned above for the Instant Pot recipe. After adding the rice and water (you might need extra 1/4 cup for stove-top, so total water would be 10 oz in that case), stir and close the pot with a lid. Cook on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked through. Remove lid and fluff the rice with a fork.

Recipe Notes

  1. You may use plain whole milk yogurt in place of coconut milk here. The recipe won't be vegan then.
  2. If you really love mushrooms and want a biryani packed with them, double the quantity of mushrooms. I have used 8 oz here, you can easily double it.
  3. If you want to make this biryani spicy- add more green chilies or add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder (depending on how much heat you like).
  4. If you make this in a 8qt, do add the extra 1/4 cup of water. Total water then would be 10 oz. 
Nutrition Facts
Mushroom Biryani
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Sodium 657mg 27%
Potassium 533mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 4g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 8.3%
Vitamin C 10.1%
Calcium 6%
Iron 17.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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