Dum biryani with mushrooms is delectable and perfect for a dinner party.
Fresh button mushrooms 15-20 medium sized
Basmati rice 1-1/2 cups
Onions 2 medium sized
Ginger 1 one inch knob
Garlic 5 cloves
Green coriander leaves 1/4 cup
Fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup
Tomatoes 2 medium sized
Skimmed milk yogurt 1/2 cup
Saffron a generous pinch
Skimmed milk 1/4 cup
Bay leaf 1
Green cardamoms 2
Black cardamams 2
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
Mace 1 blade
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tsp
Red chilli powder 2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Crushed peppercorn 1/2 tbsp
Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Grama masala powder 1/2 tsp
Kewra water (optional) 4-5 drops
Scrub and wash mushrooms, drain and cut into quarters.
Pick and wash basmati rice in plenty of water and soak in sufficient water for half an hour.
Peel and finely slice onions.
Peel ginger, garlic and grind together to a fine paste.
Clean, wash and finely chop fresh coriander and mint leaves.
Wash tomatoes and make a puree in a blender.
Whisk the skimmed milk yogurt and keep.
Soak the saffron in one fourth cup warm skimmed milk.
Boil three to four cups water in a thick bottomed vessel, add bay leaf, cloves, green cardamoms, black cardamamos, cinnamon, mace and one teaspoon salt. When the water starts boiling rapidly, drain the soaked basmati rice and add.
Cook for eight to ten minutes, stirring frequently or until the rice is three fourth done.
Drain in a colander.
Heat oil in a non stick pan, add sliced onion & stir fry over high heat for two to three minutes.
Add ginger garlic paste & cook briefly.
Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, crushed peppercorns, cumin powder & turmeric powder.
Stir fry briefly and add the pureed tomatoes.
Continue cooking over high heat for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring continously or until masala is fairly thick.
Add the whisked skimmed milk yogurt, garam masala powder & half the quantity of chopped fresh coriander & mint leaves.
Stir well & cook for 2 minutes more.
Add the quartered button mushrooms & salt to taste.
Stir fry over high heat for two to three minutes & remove from heat.
Arrange cooked rice & mushrooms masala in alternate layers in an oven proof dish, sprinkling chopped fresh coriander & mint leaves, kewra water & skimmed milk with saffron.
Insure that the top most layer is of rice.
Cover assembled biryani with a tight fitting lid & seal the edges with kneaded atta dough.
Keep the sealed dish on a midium hot tawa & leave for 10 to 15 minutes.
You can also place a few burning charcoal on the lid.
Alternately, leave the sealed dish in a preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Break the seal & open the biryani, just before serving.