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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pala Chattu Pithau Bhaja ( Mushroom crispies)

Whenever we used to get fresh 'pala chattu' ( a type of mushroom that grows from rotten straws ) from our native, my grandmother always made these delicious and crisp fritters with 'pithau' and minimal spices. It had been a while since I made this as we do not get such a variety in Bangalore. The button mushrooms that we normally find taste quite different from 'pala chattu' and lack a distinct flavour of its own. Hence could not resist myself from making and devouring a few of these yummies while in BBSR.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 15 mins

Ingredients -

  • 2 cups pala chattu ( one can also substitute it with oyster mushroom)
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1-2 green chilis
  • 1 tsp besan (gram flour)
  • 2 pinch turmeric
  • 4-5 tsp oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Clean the mushroom and wash it. Allow the water to drain off. Chop it up into small pieces.

Soak the rice for about 1-2 hours and grind it into a thick paste along with the cumin seeds and red chili.

Cooking - Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok. Add the mushrooms along with turmeric and a little salt. Fry for 5-6 mins on high till most of the water evaporates. Remove from wok and allow to cool.

Add the mushrooms, 4-5 tsp of the rice paste, besan, chopped onion, green chili and salt to a mixing bowl. Mix together.

Heat a tawa/frying pan and drizzle it with a little oil. Put small lumps of the mushroom-rice batter mix on the pan and slightly flatten them. Fry them on a low flame on both sides till they turn brown.

Serve immediately. Taste good as starters or even as a side.

Read here for another version of the Pala Chattu Bara .

1 comment:

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