Thursday, May 11, 2006

Mushroom Curry

I am not a big fan of mushrooms for some reason but do not mind them either. So I thought I should try mushroom curry. I've tried to do this 2 years back and did not like it. So yesterday I bought some mushrooms (the round button ones). Firstly they were so many when I went to the grocery store. I knew that portebello tasted good in Italian cooking and the white button ones are used in pizza and to go with the Indian cooking I chose the white button. This recipe again will have approximations so please feel free to vary the quantity. I did not have tomatoes in the house but had tomato paste so used that instead.

Things I've learned:
  • Never wash a mushroom. They say mushrooms are like sponges and take in the water or the flavor of whatever you cook them in so if you wash them they are already saturated with water and will not take in the flavor. So instead take a wet paper towel or a cloth and wipe them clean or save yourself the small hassle but pay a little extra to get pre-cleaned mushrooms. Your choice.

Mushrooms - 1 package (around 10)
Onions - 1 large
chilies -2
Tomato paste - 1/2 small can
Ginger & garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Madras curry powder - 3 tbsp
Chilly powder - 2 tbsp
Salt- according to taste
coriander - 4-5 stems

To garnish
Urad dal (1tsp) , Mustard(1tsp) , Cumin seeds(1tsp) , Curry leaves(3-4), Turmeric powder(1/2 tsp), Red chilies (2)

Alright to get started out take a saute pan and then add around a little oil. Well I'm not sure about how much exactly approx say 4 tbsp. Let the oil heat and add all the garnish ingredients. Wait until you hear popping sound. Now add the onions, ginger-garlic paste and chilies which of course I diced them. When the onions turn brown add the tomato paste and let fry till oil separates. Add in the salt, chilly powder, madras curry powder. Add around 6 tbsp of water. You don't need to add a lot of water since when the mushrooms cook they are going to give out water. Cover the pan and leave it on medium flame until the mushrooms are cooked. Garnish with finely cut coriander.

Whola!!!! the taste was good and I liked it. I happen to have madras curry powder in the house, you might want to change by adding coriander powder and a little garam masala if you wish.

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