The other day it was already more than 12 in the afternoon when I entered the house after my normal weekly market trips.I had an hour in hand to make a filling ,sumptuous lunch for the foodies in my life.The first question thrown to me when they enter the house is "aaj khane mein kya bana hai?"...so much for taking me for granted!Sometimes I also sweetly reply(if I am in a grrrr kind of a mood)Lauki and Karela...Love the look on their faces :)
I rummaged the fridge to scoop out something of the previous day but then I was in for utter dissapointment.The packet of mushrooms peeped out from my shopping bags and before I could put it on the kitchen counter the Sanjeev kapoor's Khana khazana"Accompaniments "drew my attention which was lying on the microwave.And lo and behold! the combo did wonders....I rustled up a delicious Mushroom Biryani within an hour with a Aloo ka raita.The saffron and kewra with the whole garam masalas and the aroma of the Basmati wafted through the whole house when my hubby dear entered for lunch.Seeing the pleased look on his face I knew what was coming and before he could open his mouth I silenced him By saying "Aaj khane mein Karela bana hai"!!!
This is a healthy version of Mushroom Biryani and is made with only 2tsps of oil.I gave the name Guchhi to it as it sounded very Nawabi and a little different.Mushrooms are called Guchhi or Khumbi in Hindi.The Biryani turned out to be amazingly tasty and was relished by all of us.
Fresh button Mushrooms-15 to 20 medium sized,cut into quarters
Basmati rice -1 1/2 cups,washed and soaked for 1/2 an hour
Onions-2 medium sized,sliced long and fine
Fresh corinder leaves-1/4 medium bunch,chopped
Fresh mint leaves -1/4 medium bunch,chopped
Tomatoes - 2medium sized,pureed
Skimmed milk yoghurt -1/2 cup,whisked
Saffron-5-6 strands,soaked in 1/4 cup warm skimmed milk
Bay leaf -1
Mace - 1blade
Red chilli pwdr-2tsp
Coriander pwdr-1 tbsp
Crushed Peppercorns-1/2 tbsp
Cumin pwdr-1/2 tsp
Turmeric pwdr-1/2 tsp
Garam masala pwdr-1/2 tsp
Kewra water(optional)-4-5 drops
Salt to taste
- Peel, wash and grind ginger and garlic into a fine paste.
- Cook for 8-10 mins ,stirring frequently or till rice is 3/4th done.Drain in a colander.