Love Mushroom Biryani? Here is the Health Benefits of Mushroom

Perhaps, Mushrooms are good for you and people often use them as medicines. Do you even know that ancient Egyptians even called them the ‘plant of immortality? It is because you may also be aware of its healing properties for thousands of years. Mushrooms are considered to be one of the health-promoting foods on earth. And multiple studies have revealed that mushrooms can be useful for averting and treating serious health conditions, thereby improving overall health. People often love to eat mushrooms as a portion of spicy food and so very much popular amongst humans. And it is good to hear that mushrooms are loaded with nutritional value such as B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper and vitamin D. They are also packed with anti-oxidants like other colourful fruits and vegetables. Mushrooms are one of the most loved foods. Check out the health benefits of Mushrooms below.

Enhances Digestion:

Naturally, mushrooms are probiotic which is meant to be nourishing the good bacteria in your gut. They also proved to control some bacteria such as Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. And so Mushrooms are known to be gut-friendly food.

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Boosts the Immune System:

Researchers also find that eating mushrooms can boost the immune system of the body. Eating the shiitake mushrooms daily builds up immunity in one way or another. In addition to this, eating mushrooms also help in preventing respiratory infections.

Supports Weight Loss:

Mushrooms contain two types of dietary fibres such as beta-glucans and chitin which in turn increases satiety and lowers the appetite and this is due to the presence of few calories and little fat in it. Studies have shown that people who eat less meat and more mushrooms instead of meat have witnessed weight loss, less diabetes, and better blood pressure level.

Improves Heart Health:

The presence of fibre, potassium and Vitamin C in mushrooms contributes to cardiovascular health. The active work of potassium and sodium regulates blood pressure. The intake of mushrooms with a high content of potassium and low content of sodium will help in lowering blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Steps to Prepare Delicious Mushroom Biryani:

Here’s how to prepare aromatic Mushroom biryani that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

For the Rice:

2 cups of long-grain Basmati rice

4 cups of water

2-3 green cardamom pods

1 bay leaf

Salt to taste

For the Mushroom Marinade:

250 grams of fresh button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

1/2 cup of thick yogurt (curd)

1 teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste

1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder

Salt to taste

For the Biryani:

2 tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter) or oil

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1-2 green chilies, slit lengthwise (adjust to your spice preference)

1/2 cup of fresh coriander leaves, chopped

1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves, chopped

1 teaspoon of cumin seeds

1 teaspoon of garam masala

1/2 teaspoon of saffron strands soaked in 2 tablespoons of warm milk (optional)

2 tablespoons of fried onions (for garnish)

Salt to taste

Steps to Prepare:
  • Rinse the rice thoroughly under running water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes, and then drain.
  • In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the soaked and drained rice, along with green cardamom pods, bay leaf, and salt. Cook the rice until it’s 70-80% cooked (it should have a slight bite to it). Drain the rice and set it aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt for the mushroom marinade. Add the sliced mushrooms and ensure they are well-coated. Let it marinate for about 15-20 minutes.
  • In a heavy-bottomed pan or a large, deep skillet, heat the ghee or oil over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add the thinly sliced onions and green chilies. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown and caramelized.
  • Now, add the marinated mushrooms to the pan and cook them for 5-7 minutes until they are partially cooked and have released their moisture.
  • Add half of the chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves to the pan along with the garam masala. Mix well and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Layer the partially cooked rice evenly over the mushroom mixture in the pan. Drizzle the saffron milk (if using) over the rice. Sprinkle the remaining coriander and mint leaves on top.
  • Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Let the biryani simmer for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the rice to fully cook.
  • Garnish the mushroom biryani with fried onions just before serving. Serve hot with raita (yogurt sauce) or a side salad.

Anything that you intake in a moderate level is good. So, try adding mushrooms to your diet and relish healthy and tasty foods.

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