Easy One-Pot Mushroom (Kalaan) Dum Biryani

Vegetarian recipes are under-rated and under-appreciated. I believe there is so much more we can do with fresh vegetables than just a regular sabzi, pachdi or a kofta. This super flavourful and aromatic mushroom biryani is one of a kind. Made exactly like chicken biryani, this mushroom biryani is the best way to spice up a dull day with simple ingredients found at home.

Cooked in a single pot or even a pressure cooker without a whistle, the mushroom (kalaan) dum biryani is a spicy, tasty and aromatic version of our regular Ambur Chicken Biryani. We (me and Mr. Husband) experimented with the recipe during the lockdown and it has grown into our favorite meal at home, now. We serve it with cool onion and cucumber pachdi that is spiced with chopped green chillies.

This Mushroom Biryani is wonderful because

  • It is quick to make when you have a mundane routine
  • It takes a single pot or pressure cooker
  • Being a mushroom biryani, it is a wholesome meal
  • It is full of flavour and wonderfully spicy

Are you feeling hungry, already?

If yes, let’s get into the easiest mushroom biryani recipe without wasting any time.

One-pot Mushroom (Kalaan) Dum Biryani

Try this step by step easy recipe to make wholesome mushroom biryani at home, today. Trust me, this easy mushroom biryani will make you lick the plate clean.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword biryani recipes, easy biryani recipe, mushroom biryani, mushroom biryani recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people


For Preparing Rice

  • 1 1/2 cup Zeeraga Samba Rice (You can use Basmati too)
  • 3 cups Drinking water
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Clove

Preparing Vegetables

  • 2 Cups Mushrooms (Washed and cleaned)
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes (Chopped)
  • 2 Medium Onions (Sliced)
  • 2 Slit green chillies

Biryani Masala

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks (small)
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 tbsp GG paste
  • 2 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 pinch Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 cup Fresh Mint
  • 1 cup Fresh Coriander
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala


Preparing Rice

  1. Start by washing the rice well with water. I wash rice 2-3 times to get rid of all the extra starch. The reason for washing rice really well is to get a nice biryani and prevents the grains from sticking.

  2. Soak the rice after washing for 20 minutes. I soaked the rice and went to take a shower. (Multitasking!)

Preparing Vegetables

  1. Wash, clean the mushrooms. I used button mushrooms that we generally get in the Indian vegetable market. Cut the mushroom to your desired size and keep them aside.

  2. Thinly slice 2 medium onions and chop 2 medium tomatoes

  3. Slit two green chillies. At this point, you can easily deseed them to manage the spice level. However, I would recommend you to stick with the slit green chillies with the seeds.

Cooking Rice

  1. Drain the water from the soaked rice and put a saucean with water for boiling on the stovetop

  2. Once you notice a boil in the water, add a tbsp of ghee and the whole spices (1 bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon and clove)

  3. Let the rice cook till just done

  4. Drain the water and remove the rice on a plate. Keep aside till the biryani masala is ready

Cooking Biryani

  1. Start by heating a tbsp of ghee and one tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker or hot-pot

  2. Add the whole spices

  3. Add the sliced onions and cook till pink and transcluscent

  4. Add GG paste and cook till the raw smell fades away

  5. It is time to add the chopped tomatoes and green chillies

  6. Cook till the tomatoes become mushy and form a gravy

  7. Once the onion, gg paste and tomatoes start leaving oil, add the masalas

  8. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and mix well

  9. Cook till the masalas are well done

  10. Add the mushrooms now and cook till the mushrooms start leaving water

  11. At this stage, add a handful of coriander leaves and mint leaves

  12. Stir everything together and add garam masala

  13. Cook the gravy for a little while with the lid on. Stirring occassionally.

  14. It is time to add the strained rice now

  15. Add the rice on top of the gravy and mix everything well very carefully. Do not let the rice grains break

  16. Once mixed well, put the cooker on dum for 10- 15 minutes. Do not put the whistle on the cooker or pressure cook the biryani

  17. Open the lid after 10 mins and let the fragrance flirt a little with your taste buds

  18. Garnish with a little ghee and coriander leaves

  19. Serve the easy mushroom biryani with a curd pachdi or raita

So, what are you waiting for? Go on and give this recipe a try. I am sure you will love… love it!

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Go ahead and make this incredible version of easy biryani with mushroom for everyone you adore!

Until my next recipe,

Keep devouring good food and eat biryani!

Stay home and stay safe <3


A Millennial Wife, Home Chef, and a Work at Home Writer.

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