Mushroom Pulav

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In North Canara, we get mushrooms when the rain starts. These are usually naturally grown in forests. Some people who know about where to find good edible mushrooms, pick them up from these places. They are the tastiest mushrooms I have ever tasted. Aayi prepares this dish with those mushrooms. You can even use artificially grown ones which we get in markets these days.

2 cups basmati rice
1/2 cup onion
1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1 tea spn cumin seeds
2 tea spns chili powder
A pinch turmeric
2 tbl spns ghee or oil

Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they start popping, add onions and fry. Add mushrooms,chili powder,turmeric powder and salt. Fry for some time. Add rice and fry for 2min. Pour about 4 cups of water. Cover and cook on medium heat. Check after about 10mins to see if all water is absorbed. If it requires more water, add it.

Serves : 5
Preparation time : 15 min
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24 thoughts on “Mushroom Pulav”

  1. is there anything really called artificial mushroom?..can we cook with something called artificial and not real!i think it is….commercially got mushrooms. which reaches market bit late after harvest/sometimes frozen.

  2. Malar, by natural mashrooms, I mean the mashrooms that grow by themselves deep in the forest during the first rain. These are carefully removed and brought home. These are ONLY available once in a year. I am sorry for my bad English, I am working on it.

    1. Hi Shilpa,

      I completely understand the term ‘natural mushrooms’; and one needs to be careful while looking for mushrooms in fields coz not all of them are edible. And of course, these edible – self grown (coz no one really plants them) mushrooms taste very different(yummy beyond words) from the home grown or commercially grown mushrooms.

      Thanks for the recipe, will definitely try it out.

  3. Hi Shilpa,
    hv been visiting ur web site for quite some time now…and this is the first of ur recipes that i had tried… it was excellent!..and i prepare it quite often….just that i added garlic to the pulav….and i cook it in a pressure cooker so the cooking is even faster…gonna try the chicken tikka next week as i just loooove tikkas….will let u know how it turned out…. this will be the first ever non-veg dish that i will be preparing…so wish me luck! :)….
    love ur site!

  4. hi,
    I found your site while i was looking for a recipe to prepare bhindi sabji. I see that its a treasure trove of recipes and i intend to have a go at quite a few from the ones listed here.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Sowmya Venkatesh

    Hi Shilpa,
    what kind of side dish goes with this dish? i mean raita or kurma?? can it be eaten without side dish?

    Shilpa: You can serve raita. But I prefer it without any side dish. This one is very flavorful on its own.

  6. Hi Shilpa/ Sowmya,
    I prepare this dish a little spicy and serve salad (usually thick slices of cucumber and tomato) with it….tastes really good…:)

  7. Hi Shilpa,

    I am one of those kinds who does not even know how to prepare tea 🙁 and I am so ashamed of myself. I happen to check your website when i was searching how to prepare potato sandwich. I am super glad that I found your website.

    Your cooking receipes are so simple. I am “super motivated” to learn and experiment cooking now.

    Just dropping in a line to Thank You !!! Will drop in a message and let you know how I have faired in my cooking experimentation.

    Seema Scindia 🙂

  8. hi shilpa,

    i made this recipe on my hubby’s birthday recently..and he loved it..i was happy to make a variation on his spl day.


  9. Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this today & it turned out quite good. I was making somethign with mushrooms for the first time . Its pretty easy and quick . being a mangaloream myself I love your web site .Am recommending this to everyone I know .

    Am looking forwad to trying out other recipes from this site.
    Keep up the good work!!!


  10. hey Shilpa,
    I tried this recipe as i just had mushrooms in my fridge and had to make lunch. I must say, “It was awesome!” So simple but so tasty. I paired it with your sweet corn soup. My hubby loved it.
    Thanks 🙂

  11. You can foage for mushrooms in the US too, they are called wild mushrooms, but you need to know which ones are edible. Foraging for wild mushrooms in the US is a hobby.

  12. Hi shilpa,
    i try out many varieties in ur blog. Major hit was Your dates cake. I was wondering if you had ghee rice in your blog. hope to see it nxt time

  13. Shilpa every single recipe of yours is such a treasure.Appreciate you sharing all these wonderful recipes which my girls will pass on to theirs.Bless you

  14. Also would it be okay to use cooked rice,because I don’t like the starch in the absorption method,or would it alter the taste?
    Thanks Shilpa

    1. Anette, usually pulavs/pilafs are made using absorption method, so that rice absorbs all the flavors. But if you do not like it, you can use cooked rice

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