Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Mushroom Rice

Mushroom is not a very favourite vegetable in my family, but I do cook it as a subji  or rice once in a while, as it is the best source of Vitamin D(very essential for bone and teeth) for us vegetarians.
Yet I would say this is one of the rice enjoyed by people who love mushrooms and very easy to make and can be done in a very quick time.
I used to do this mushroom rice in a very different way, mean to say that it had various steps of adding different powdered masalas and ground paste, until one day when I had to cook this rice quickly as guest had arrived without any notice and had ran out of veggies in the shelf. My guests liked the quick mushroom rice very much and the family also enjoyed it too. When I have time I cook the tedious way as well, Will post it sometime.
Now coming to the recipe,
Basmati Rice - 1cup,
Button Mushrooms - 200 gms,
Oil - 1Tblspn,
Ghee - 1 tspn,
Bay leaves - 2,
Onion - 1 medium sliced,
Curd  - 1 Tblspn,
Turmeric - 1/2 tspn,
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tspn.

For Grinding:
Fennel seeds - 1 tspn,
Cinnamon - 1inch,
Cloves - 2,
Cardamom - 1,
Coriander leaves - 1 Tblspn,
Mint leaves - 1tspn,
Tomato - 1 large,
Green Chillies - 3,
Red Chillies - 2,
Ginger - 1 inch,
Garlic - 2-3 cloves.

Grind the ingredients under the grinding table. I did not add any water and I could grind it to fine paste. But if you need water while grinding add a tablespoon or so. Make sure you don't make the paste watery.
In a pan heat oil, add bay leaves and then add sliced onions and fry to light brown.
Add ground paste and fry until raw smell evaporates and nice aroma spreads the kitchen.
Add mushrooms and fry until all the water in the mushroom evaporates.
Add curd and fry, until curd blends well with masala and mushrooms.
Add turmeric and garam masala powders.
Add boiling water(1 cup rice = 2 cups of water).
Normally the above measurement of water and rice is enough to cook fluffy rice.
You can add more or less water according to the quality of your rice.
Add salt.
Add rice and cook until rice is completely cooked and fluffy.
Top it with a spoon of ghee. It is completely optional.
Serve it with any raita.
I served mine with cumin raita.


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