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BIR Style Special Fried Mushroom Rice

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BIR style mushroom fried rice dishes are quick and easy to make!

BIR - British Indian restaurant style mushroom rice

British Indian restaurant (BIR) style mushroom fried rice

This is the mushroom fried rice recipe you’ve been looking for!

Have you ever wondered how Indian restaurants can make so many different rice dishes to accompany their awesome curries? Having watched a few chefs in my day I know it can be a bit stressful. Some Indian restaurants have over ten rice dishes that need to be made to order.

Usually this means having a large pot of cold cooked white or pilau rice at the ready. This cold rice is then combined with different ingredients to made the different rice dishes such as the very popular mushroom fried rice.

To get this British Indian restaurant (BIR) style mushroom rice right, you’ve got to start with cold Basmati white or pilau rice. If the rice is hot it will stick to the pan when cooking and may become mushy.

It is also very important to ensure your ghee is piping hot before adding the ingredients. If the ghee (or oil) is not hot enough, the rice will stick and you will lose all those perfect grains.

I like to use wild mushrooms when making this mushroom fried rice recipe at home though in restaurant they use thinly sliced button or field mushrooms.

If you want that authentic BIR look and flavour, go for button or field mushrooms.

Where is this mushroom rice recipe from and why is it so good?

I learned this recipe from a friend who works at a local Indian restaurant. The photo above was taken during my visit. Someday I will photograph step by step photos but I have described this easy recipe below.

I have watched rice being made at many restaurant and it is always prepared the same. At Indian restaurants, the rice is cooked earlier in the day before the rush. Then it’s quickly cooled off in water, drained and placed in the fridge.

When you order plain white rice, the prepared, cooked rice is simply placed in the microwave and heated up until steaming hot.

That is really the only way to do it. They couldn’t cook rice for customers as and when it’s ordered. You would have to wait way to long for your meal to arrive.

The cold rice from the fridge is perfect for recipes like this mushroom fried rice. That and the carefully chosen spices of course.

Health issues with rice.

One thing I would like to point out here is that you need to be very careful with rice. It can make you really ill if not stored correctly. Eat it immediately when cooked and don’t let it sit out for more than about 40 minutes. If using later, for a recipe like this mushroom rice, be sure to cool it off and get it right in the fridge. When reheating be sure that the rice is really hot before serving.

If you like the look of this mushroom fried rice recipe, you might also like to try some of these.

Pilau Rice
Gunpowder Rice
Vegetable Fried Rice
Cumin Rice
No Fail Basmati Rice

Yield: 2 - 4

BIR Style Special Fried Mushroom Rice

BIR Style Special Fried Mushroom Rice


  • 1 tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 - 6 mushrooms finely sliced
  • 1 red pepper (capsicum) - finely chopped
  • 500ml (2 cups) cold cooked basmati rice
  • a pinch of turmeric
  • 3 chives - finely chopped
  • Salt


  1. Heat the ghee/oil in a large pan or wok.
  2. When the fat is very hot, throw in the cumin seeds followed immediately by the sliced mushrooms.
  3. Stir quickly to coat the mushroom slices with the cumin seeds and then add the chopped red pepper.
  4. Continue stirring briskly while you add the cold rice.
  5. Now the real work starts!
  6. Stir the rice in the pan continuously and quickly for about three minutes coating the rice with the oil.
  7. Add the turmeric. Just a pinch will do.
  8. The rice needs to be piping hot before serving. This is done to ensure any bacteria on the rice is killed but also because it tastes much better very hot.
  9. Season with salt and top with the chopped chives to serve.

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Paul Gosling

Monday 2nd of April 2018

This is the simplest yet most comparable recipe for MFR I've ever tried. Thoroughly recommend it. I tweaked with the addition of raisins rather than the pepper (as I didn't have any) and added some crispy onions at the end.

Dan Toombs

Monday 30th of April 2018

Sounds excellent Paul. Thank you. Dan

Calogero Mira

Sunday 26th of May 2013

Fried mushroom Basmati rice? Excellent.

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