Spicy mushroom pulao


So off late I’ve been binging on so much of sweet stuff, that it has actually made me sick, well not literally, if you know what I mean. My palate was craving for something spicy, so today I made myself this spicy mushroom Pulao. I love Pulao as a rice preparation, it’s simple, moreover quick to put everything together, the only prep work needed is chopping the veggies, which frankly isn’t that big a deal anyway.
This pulao satiated my tummy, and my palate to the fullest:)


1 cup Basmati rice
3 1/2 to 4 cup of cleaned and chopped mushrooms
2 tablespoons ghee/oil
2 bay leaves
2 cloves
5 peppercorns
3 green cardamom
1 inch cinnamon
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
1 cup thinly sliced onions
1 cup of chopped tomatoes
Handful of a mixture of finely chopped cilantro and mint leaves
1 teaspoon chilli powder/cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Garam masala
1/2 tablespoon cumin coriander powder
Salt to taste

1. Wash and soak the rice , for a minimum of 30 minutes, keep aside.
2. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat ghee/oil, add the whole spices snd sauté until fragrant.

3. Add sliced onions and sauté on low heat until translucent.

4.Add ginger garlic paste, sauté until the raw aroma is gone. Take care not to burn the ginger garlic paste.


5.Immediately add chopped tomatoes , cook until the tomatoes are a little mushy.

6.Add the chopped cilantro and mint leaves, mix for a few seconds.

7. Now add the chopped mushrooms, increase the heat to medium , keep stirring occasionally until most of the moisture is lost from the mushrooms , about 7-10 minutes.
8.Add the chilli powder, Garam masala, cumin coriander powder,salt, mix for a minute on low heat to avoid burning the dry spices.


  1. Add the soaked and drained rice, mix gently for a minute taking care not to break the rice grains.


10.Add 1 & 3/4 cups of water , stir everything gently. Check for seasoning ,add salt accordingly if needed. ( I added a pinch of salt )

11.Cover with a lid, let the Pulao cook on low heat, takes about 10 minutes.
12. Once the rice is done, gently fluff it with a fork.
13.It goes well with a simple onion tomato raita.



  1. Feel free to increase/decrease the chilly powder to suit your spice tolerance.

  2. You can also add 2 to 3 green chillies, Slit lengthwise ,along with the onions while sauteing  to make it more spicy.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂




  1. Smiling Notes says:

    What an absolute treat! Btw, I have no idea why I didn’t see this post on the reader…I swear WordPress acts funny sometimes!
    Oh and I can totally relate with being sick by eating too many sweets..more than sick I start feeling guilty 😀

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