Button Mushroom Masala

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Edible mushrooms are used extensively in cooking, in many cuisines – notably Chinese, European, and Japanese. In my part of the world (Manipal, India) though mushrooms are available for just about a month in June-July. Thats the time the rainy season starts and the strong lightning and thunder causes the mushrooms to erupt over the layer of the soil.  I am talking about the natural “button mushroom” which is round in shape.  (the umbrella mushrooms are available throughout the year in supermarkets).  We use them to prepare a number of dishes – here is one.

What you need to have:

1. Button Mushroom                         1 cup

2. Onion                                            2 cup

3. Tomatoes                                      2

4. Chilli powder                                1.5 teaspoons

5. Turmeric powder                           1 teaspoon

6. Dhania Jeera powder                     1 Teaspoon

Ingredients of Mushroom Masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and peal mushrooms. Peal and cut onions to a very fine consistency as shown in the image above so as to match Mushrrom in size.  Wash and cut tomatoes also very fine.

2. Place a broad base bowl on the medium flame with 5 teaspoons of cooking oil in it.  On heating add chopped onions and required quantity of salt to it.

3. Fry onions till transparent and add cut onions to it.  Let it fry for around 2-3 minutes.  Add chilli powder, turmeric powder and dhania jeera powder to it and stir for a while.

4. Lastly add pealed mushroom to it and let it cook for around 5 minutes in the open pan stirring occasionally.

When done serve it hot with rice and “konkani Dalithoy”.  It could be a side dish for chapathis.  The dish is as shown in the image below.

Ready to serve Button Mushroom Masala

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 4

What to remember

1. Onions shrink on frying – so take this into account when you decide how big and how many onions to use. Mushrooms don’t shrink.

2. Cook on medium flame only.


One thought on “Button Mushroom Masala

    Dinkar said:
    January 20, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Looks truly delicious! Would it taste good with the “standard” button mushroom too (the one which you get in the supermarket)? As you may know, getting the mushroom you mention is impossible outside S. Kanara!

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