Mushroom masala is a healthy hearty dish with an earthen flavor. It can be served as a side for any Indian main dish and can also be sandwiched between toasted bread slices.
Mushrooms are boon for vegetarians as they are rich in protein. You can check here for its nutrition facts: http://www.livestrong.com/article/262719-nutrition-facts-for-mushrooms-after-cooking/
I have prepared chettinad style mushroom masala without adding red chillies or green chillies as they may affect the flavor of mushroom; instead I have used pepper and ginger. You can check the mushroom masala recipe as below:
Time taken: 30 min
- Mushrooms (kalaan) – 8 Nos.
- Pea pods – 15 Nos.
- Salt – 3/4 tsp
- Onions – 2 Nos.
- Tomato – 1 No.
- Ginger – 1/2″ piece
- Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
- Peppercorns – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp (or fennel seeds)
- Garam masala – 1/4 tsp
- Coconut pieces (one inch) – 4 Nos.
- Cashewnut – 5 Nos.
For tempering :
- Neutral oil – 1 tsp (or butter)
- Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp (or fennel seeds)
- Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
- Saute all ingredients for masala-1 in a teaspoon of oil and grind into a paste without adding water.
- Grind all ingredients for masala-2 into a paste by adding 3 tbsp water.
- Boil fresh peas and keep aside.
- Wash mushrooms under running water (avoid cleaning in a bowl of water as they absorb water like a sponge).
- Chop mushrooms into chunks.
- Heat a pan with oil in medium flame.
- Add cumins, curry leaves and chopped mushrooms and saute till mushrooms get cooked.
- Add boiled peas, ground masala-1 & salt and mix well.
- Add enough water for required consistency and allow it to boil.
- Add ground masala-2 and cook in low flame for few min.
- Serve hot with roti, pulav, dosa, idiyapppam or aapam.
- Mushroom goes well with curry leaves than coriander leaves.
- Cashews are added not as thickening agent but for its sweetness.
- If you want to prepare this recipe faster, you can skip grinding masala-1, instead chop those ingredients finely & saute along with mushroom; Since I don’t want my gravy to be chunky, I made them into a paste.