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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mushroom Biryani ( Celebrating my 400th post )

My 400th post. So it had to be something celebratory. My sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all my regular and not so regular readers. Your comments and encouragement is much appreciated and help me keep going. And a big thanks to my husband for putting up with my experiments in the kitchen. Thanks everyone for being a part of this wonderful journey.

Preparation Time - 40 mins

Ingredients - 2 cups basmati rice, 200 gms button mushrooms, 2 large onions, 2 tsp GG paste, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp garam masala, 4 tsp thick yogurt, 3 tbsp tomato puree, 6 tsp chopped mint leaves, 6 tsp chopped coriander leaves, whole garam masala ( 1 mace, 1 star anise, 2 pinch nutmeg powder, 3-4 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon, 1 green cardamon), 1 tsp ghee, 4 tsp oil, salt to taste.

Preparation - Clean and wash the mushroom. Cut along the length into slices of medium thickness.

Soak the mushroom in a pan with water and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder for 1 hour. Drain off the water and pat dry with a paper towel.

Take the yogurt, GG paste, cumin powder, chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric half of the chopped mint and coriander leaves, garam masala and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Add the mushrooms and coat them thoroughly with the marinade. This helps the mushroom absorb the spice flavors. Allow t rest for 1-2 hours.

Cut the onions into thin long pieces.

Cooking - Heat 1 tsp oil in a wok. Add half of the sliced onions and fry on low flame till they turn brown. You can add 1/2 tsp sugar to hasten the process. Remove the caramelized onions and keep aside.

Add 2 tsp oil to the same wok. Add the remaining onions and fry till light brown. Add the tomato puree and fry for another 2-3 mins.

Add the marinated mushrooms along with the marinade. Cook for 4-5 minutes till the excess water evaporates and masalas are well cooked. (It is ok if mushroom is still under-cooked, it gets done along with the rice.)

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add the remaining mint and coriander leaves. Fry for 1 minute.
Add the whole masalas and fry for 30 seconds.

Add the washed basmati rice, mushrooms and 2 2/3 cup water (add another 1/3 cup if you want softer rice). Mix gently. Sprinkle ghee and salt over the contents. Add half of the caramelized onions. Close the lid and cook for 1 whistle.

Allow steam to escape before opening lid. Keep aside for 10-15 mins before serving. Just before serving gently mix the rice and mushrooms so that they are evenly distributed ( mushrooms tend to rise to the top while cooking ).

Serve hot with raita and papad.

Note - Add 1/2 cup capsicum to the marinade along with the mushrooms. Give a really nice twist/flavor to the mushroom biryani. ( Again it depends on whether you like capsicum ). Also if you are not really into mushroom, try a combination of baby corn and capsicum which is equally good.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pala Chattu Bara (Mushroom chop)

Mushrooms are a delight for vegetarians and people who want to lose weight. While being high in water content, they also happen to pack in a load of anti-inflammatory compounds and vitamins (especially Vitamin D ). One of the best substitutes for red meat, they are also fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in sodium. Little wonder that it finds its place of honor in Chinese medicine.

However a word of caution. Buy organic mushrooms or at least try to find where they are being sourced from as they happen to absorb heavy metals / toxins rather quickly.

'Pala Chattu' or mushrooms that grow naturally on rotting straws happen to be my favorite variety of mushrooms. As my visits to our villages have almost stopped, I do miss these mushrooms. But these days cultivated Pala Chattu is widely available in Orissa. These mushrooms have a distinct red color on the underneath.

While chattu is more commonly consumed as a curry (tarkari) in these parts of Orissa, 'Chattu Bara' or 'Chattu Chop' also happens to be a popular snack option. Read on for the recipe:

Preparation Time - 30 minutes

Ingredients - 500 gm Pala Chattu, 1 large boiled potato, 1 large onion, 3-4 green chillis, 5-6 garlic flakes, 3 tbs chopped coriander leaves, 1 tbs roasted cumin-chilli powder (jeera-lanka gunda), 2 tsp turmeric powder, salt to taste, oil for frying.

Preparation - Take water in a large vessel. Dissolve 1 1/2 tsp turmeric in it. Add the mushrooms and allow to soak for 30 minutes.

Drain off the water and chop into small pieces. Do not throw away stem as it is also edible.

Chop the onion into small pieces. Crush/grate the garlic flakes.

Cooking : Heat 2 tbs of oil in a wok/frying pan. Add the chopped mushroom along with remaining turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp salt, and stir fry on high flame till all the excess water evaporates. Remove and allow to cool down.

Transfer the mushroom to a mixing bowl. Add the boiled potato, chopped onion, green chilli, cumin-chilli powder, coriander leaves, crushed garlic flakes and salt to taste. Mix well.

Pinch some part of the above mixture and shape into flat circles of about 1/2 inch thickness .

Heat a frying pan. Drizzle generously with oil. Place the baras over the pan and cook on both sides to a light brown/deep brown as per preference. Each side takes about 6-7 minutes on a low flame ( preferable ).

Serve with a hot sauce as a starter or have it with white rice as a side dish.

If you do not happen to be lazy like me, you can make/cut it into interesting shapes and roll it in bread crumbs before deep frying them. Makes for a better appearance and crisper baras.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chattu - Shimla Mirch Tarkari ( Mushroom Capsicum curry )

Cooking Time required: 25-30 mins
Cost of preparation: 50-60 rupees

Ingredients: Mushrooms( 250 gm), capsicum ( 2 medium), tomato ( 2 large), onion ( 1 large ), garlic (7-8 pods), mustard seeds ( 1 tsp), cumin powder (1/3 tsp), coriander powder (1/3 tsp), green/red chillis ( 2 nos), red chilli powder ( 1/2 tsp ), pancha-phutana (1/4 tsp), grated ginger ( 1 tbs ), cooking oil (3-4 tsp), turmeric (1 tsp), finely cut coriander leaves ( 2 tbs ), salt to taste.

Preparation: Fill a large vessel with water and add turmeric. Immerse the mushrooms in the water and leave for 10 mins. Drain the turmeric water and wash the mushrooms with sufficient fresh water.

Cut the mushrooms, capsicum and tomato into medium sized chunks. Slice the onion into thin pices.

Grind the mustard seeds and garlic pods into a fine paste.

Cooking: Heat the oil in a wok. Add the pancha-phutana, slit green chillis / red chillis and onions. Stir fry for 1 min.

Add the grated ginger, fry for 30 secs and follow with onion pieces. Fry for 2 mins and then add the tomato. Stir fry till the tomato becomes a bit mashy.

Add the capsicum at this stage and fry for 3-4 mins. Add the mustard-garlic paste along with 2 1/2 cups of water. Sprinkle cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric and salt.

Cover with a lid and boil for 8-10 mins. DO not allow all the water to evaporate.

Sprinkle the coriander leaves and remove from fire.

Serve with rice.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Chattu Besara ( Odisha's delectable Mushroom curry)

Odisha is home to a huge variety of mushrooms, most of them sprouting in the wild during the humid monsoon months. I still remember the distinct flavor of the indigenous varieties like 'rugda', 'bihuduni', bhanu', 'nada' and 'pala' chattu which were sold in the local markets by the tribal women who gathered them from the forests. But most vivid are the memories of the 'bali' chattu or sand mushrooms that sprung up unexpectedly in our backyard during the rains. The incredible taste was reward enough for the hour or two that we had to spend in plucking them without damaging or breaking off the delicate stems.

Most of the mushrooms in Odisha are cooked in tangy mustard gravy . But sometimes, we used to stir-fry the delicately flavored ones with just a pinch of salt and turmeric. While the cultured varieties like the button mushrooms or the oyster mushrooms that are available in Bangalore can never match the sheer burst of flavor that the indigenous ones provide, once in a while I do cook the former in the traditional style. It is an easy-to-do recipe that is not only light but pairs up quite nicely with a simple steamed rice and yellow dal.

Read on for the recipe -

Cooking Time : 30-35 mins

  • 200 gm Button Mushrooms
  • 1 medium potato 
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 small onion
  • 10 garlic flakes
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 sprig coriander leaves
  • 1 green chilli 
  • 2 dry red chilis
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds (for tempering)
  • 2 nos dried mango pieces (ambula)
  • 3 tsp mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • salt to taste

Preparation: Fill a large vessel with water and add turmeric. Immerse the mushrooms in the water and leave for 10 mins. Drain the turmeric water and wash the mushrooms with sufficient fresh water. Pat them dry with a rough kitchen towel and use the same to remove their skin.

Grind the dry red chilis, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and garlic pods (4 nos) into a fine paste. Soak the dried mango pieces in about 1/2 cup of water.

Cut the mushroom, potato, onion and tomato into small pieces.

Cooking: Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan. When it starts smoking, add the mushrooms, potato pieces and little bit of salt. Stir fry till the potato is almost cooked.

Heat another pan. Add 1 tsp oil, 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, 4 flakes crushed garlic and 1 green chili. When the garlic starts to brown, add the chopped onion. Fry till the onion becomes transparent.

Add tomato pieces to the pan and sprinkle a little salt on them. When the tomato becomes mushy, add the mustard-garlic paste, turmeric and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Then add the fried mushroom and potato. Adjust salt and let it simmer for 10 mins

Finally, add the soaked mango pieces(ambula) along with the water used for soaking . Boil for 5-6 mins. Add the coriander leaves, 2 crushed garlic flakes, a few drops of mustard oil and remove from the fire.

Serve at room temperature along with rice and yellow dal.

Note - To avoid making the curry bitter, dissolve the mustard-cumin paste in 2 cups of water and let it stand aside for 10 mins. Carefully drain the water into another bowl taking care that the solid residue is left behind. Add the drained water to the curry and throw away the solids.

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