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Morel Mushroom Pilau

Kashmiri Gucchi Pilau

  • Heat None
  • Serves 6
  • Prep 5 mins
  • Cook 20 mins
Morel Mushroom Pilau

Hari says

Morel mushrooms not only look beautiful they taste fantastic too. They grow wild all over the UK and are brown in colour with an oval shaped cap and an intricate honeycomb pattern. They come into season around April time and can be used in many different dishes. Surprisingly these mushrooms are also used in India. In the Kashmir region, they are called 'gucchi’.

This pilau dish is my take on the traditional ‘gucchi pilau’. Traditionally onions wouldn't be used in this dish but I think the bite and texture they add so have used them in this recipe. The rice dish is infused with saffron soaked in a flower essence (or you can just use water) and the whole dish is studded with some exotic spices.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 300g white basmati rice
  • ¼ tsp saffron strands
  • 1 tsp screw pine water (or 1 tbsp rosewater, or jasmine flower water)
  • 150g fresh morel mushrooms
  • 75g ghee or 3-4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 3cm ginger, sliced into thin strands 
  • 4 black cardamoms, lightly crushed 
  • 6 green cardamoms, lightly crushed
  • 10cm piece cassia bark, broken
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 75g almond slivers
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ litres cold water
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • fresh coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Wash the rice in several changes of cold water until the water runs clear and set to one side.
  2. Soak the saffron strands in the screwpine water or flaower water and leave for later.
  3. Rinse the mushrooms and cut them in half lengthways.
  4. Heat the ghee or oil in a wide heavy-bottomed saucepan and add the whole spices with the bay leaves. Stir for a few minutes until you can smell the fragrance from the spices.
  5. Stir in the sliced onions and cook for about 5 minutes before adding the ginger.
  6. Next add the prepared mushrooms and almonds, and sauté for a couple of minutes until the nuts begin to brown.
  7. Add the washed rice to the mushroom mixture and sauté for a few minutes until the grains of rice become shiny.
  8. Pour in the saffron mixture and salt. Add the cold water and bring the rice to the boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover with a lid. Let the rice cook undisturbed for 15 minutes.
  10. Check to see whether the rice is cooked by pressing a couple of grains between your fingers. Remove from heat and set aside.
  11. Sprinkle the rice with garam masala and coriander leaves just before serving.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)20
of which saturates (g)9
Carbohydrates (g)49
of which sugars (g)1
Fibre (g)6
Protein (g)8
Salt (mg)409
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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  • Amanda


    18 June 2015 at 21:38 |
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