Masala Mushroom

It’s been a month since I moved to Melbourne, and I should tell you that it’s a tough one dealing with the dreadful weather fluctuations out here. One day it’s 38 degrees and two days later, we are overloading layers on a 18 degrees temperature. Phew! Don’t get me started on the flu that we both (husband and wife) had to go through for over a week… of course, followed by a never ending coughing sessions, one after the other.

Nevertheless, it took us about eleven days to get to our apartment, and during that time, we were putting up at my husband’s colleague’s apartment. So this was a thank you gesture from my end, if you haven’t already guessed it by now. Well, you cannot live with some family and not help them out, can you? And obviously, I’m always helpful (ahem!).

Okay let me not bore you enough with my Australian first month tragedy, and get along with the recipe! 🙂

So here is what you need to know – this dish might really look like the one you see in food magazines (thanks to my phone), however, the ingredients are quite normal (ones that you’ll definitely have in your kitchen) and the recipe is super easy too. Also, it doesn’t consume a lot of time, because that’s how my recipes have to be – quick and delectable!

Ingredients:

  • Mushrooms ………………… 250 grams
  • Onions ………………………… 1 large or 2 medium (chopped)
  • Tomatoes ……………………. 1 large or 2 medium (chopped)
  • Garlic ………………………….. 3 large cloves or 5 small ones (crushed)
  • Cashews ……………………… 4 – 5
  • Turmeric powder ………. 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder …….. 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin powder …………… 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala ……………. 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder …… 1/3 teaspoon
  • Peppercorns ………………. 4 – 5
  • Cloves …………………………. 3 – 4
  • Cardamom …………………. 3 – 4
  • Salt ……………………………… To taste
  • Oil ……………………………….. For cooking

 

Method:

  1. Wash the mushrooms, chop them to size of your liking and then keep them aside to drain
  2. Take a pan and pour oil after heating
  3. Add in the whole spices (peppercorns, cloves, cardamom) and let them splutter
  4. Throw in the cashews and garlic cloves, and fry till golden brown
  5. Add chopped onions and cook it till translucent
  6. Add chopped tomatoes to this and stir well
  7. Once the tomatoes are in and stirred, sprinkle salt and mix well
  8. Cover the lid for 3 minutes till the the tomatoes are cooked and softened
  9. Add powdered spices (turmeric, coriander, cumin, garam masala) and mix this well
  10. Cover the lid and let this cook for 4 – 5 minutes. You may want to pour little water if it starts to dry up or stick to the pan
  11. Once everything is cooked well, turn off the gas knob and let this mixture cool down a bit
  12. Keeping aside 1/4 of the mixture in the pan, transfer everything inside a grinder and turn it into a fine paste, by adding water occasionally, as per your liking
  13. Heat the pan with the 1/4 mixture and once it hot enough, add the paste to it, along with little water. Bring this to boil
  14. Add the mushrooms along with dry mango powder and mix well. To let it cook nicely, slow down the flame and keep the lid covered. You may also check the status of the mushroom every 3 – 4 minutes

There… you have your masala mushroom ready to serve and eat! Please understand that this recipe is meant to be healthy, therefore, I haven’t added more than 1 and  1/2 tablespoon of olive oil (trust me); also there is strictly no full cream over the top to make it creamy and nice. If you are looking for a rich recipe, you can add in a little more oil in the beginning and some full cream as well towards the end. Give it nice fold to blend in, so that it doesn’t look like dal makhani or butter chicken 😛

If you really liked this recipe, please leave a comment. That would be quite motivational (I swear)! 😀

Thanks for your time… and Bon Appétit.

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