Friday, April 17, 2015

Mushroom Masala ( mushrooms cooked in spicy tangy onion-tomato sauce).

Mushrooms are an all-time favorite in my home. We love mushrooms cooked in all possible ways: mushroom chilli, mushroom fried rice, mushrooms sautéed and served in stuffed omelette.. You name it, we like it!  Sometimes you crave for something spicy and tangy.  That made me nostalgic for batate song ( potato song). Unfortunately, I rarely eat potatoes any more. I decided to swap it with mushrooms instead and made mushroom song. For this I have used my mother's short-cut method of making potato song where she makes it with onion, chilli powder, coriander powder and  tomatoes.It came out super-delicious and now I often make it. This is such a simple and versatile dish that you could use other vegetables like green peas, dried beans, cauliflower, etc. For example: navy beans and cauliflower song tastes absolutely delicious!

Servings: 4


Mushrooms : 8 oz pack, washed and sliced into medium slices.
Onions: 2 medium, diced small
Tomato: 1 medium, diced small
Cooking Oil: 1 tbsp( I use coconut oil) 
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp ( optional)
Curry leaves: 1 sprig ( optional).
Kashmiri chilli  powder: 1 tsp( can adjust based on desired spice level)
Coriander powder: 1/2 tsp
Haldi ( turmeric powder): pinch
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves( cilantro): 4-5 sprigs for garnishing.


Heat oil in a frying pan/ wok on medium heat. Add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the curry leaves  and then the chopped onions, sauté until they turn almost golden brown. 

Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté until the tomatoes start leaving oil. 

Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder and sauté for 30 seconds. 

Then add chilli powder and sauté for another minute. 

Now add the sliced mushrooms, cover and  cook until the mushroom has reached the desired level of tenderness( around 5-7 minutes). Mushrooms don't take long to cook.Mushrooms also tend to give out water, hence there is no need to add additional water.

Add salt only after the mushrooms are cooked. Mix well. Turn off the flame.

Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serve hot with rice/ roti/ bread.

Beet stirfry, mushroom masala, white rice and dal

Enjoy! I am taking this to Fiesta Friday # 64 at my dear friend Angie's! The wonderful duo of Loretta@ Safari of the mind and Ginger@Ginger and Bread are the co-hosts this week.

Cooking made easy:

In the above recipe,  you can switch the tomatoes with tamarind solution. This is true for most recipes that call for tomatoes. So, if you run out of tomatoes, no worries.. and vice versa.

Tip for healthy living:

The common home remedy for most bug bites is to apply a solution of asofoetida mixed with water. It usually reduces the itching and swelling.

Food for thought:

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.Saint Augustine.