Mushroom Curry

11:44 AM


Recently I have been watching television a lot. The main reason being the baby has started taking his tiny steps and I can’t afford to take my eyes off from him. In every couple of minutes either he pulls at something or falls himself on the floor. Yesterday I watched this program(repeat telecast) based on interviews of famous wives like Neeta Ambani, Jaya Bachchan, Gouri Khan, Nirja Birla and others. Apart from peeping in their private world which is hidden from the public eye the thing that attracts me most is the gorgeous set designed by the designer duo and anchor of the show Abu and Sandeep. Though I don’t liked the program much but found a segment very funny where the guests  describe their relationship with three words called ‘hooked , booked and cooked’. The way Neeta Lulla rolls her eyes and say ‘I was hooked by Mukesh, I was booked by Mukesh and I was cooked by Mukesh’ or Jaya Bachchan declairs ‘am cooked and that’s all’ say a lot about their personalities. We quite like this segment and now watch this program to check these expressions only, sometimes we also use these words in our conversation.


The dish that I want to share today is my all-time favorite. It’s an absolute vegetarian delight, full of nutrients and delicious in taste. Mushrooms if cooked properly can substitute meat and once you taste this curry you will be hooked for life, will book your time whenever you see this in market and will cook and enjoy with your whole family. Jokes apart but this is super tasty.
Poyal Chatu or a local avriety of oyseter mushroom that grows on decaying hay stack

Mushroom has a rich taste, very delicate aroma and soaks up flavours and spices well. Earlier mushrooms were seasonal; we only got to eat these scrumptious dishes only during monsoon. Those days mushroom grew on hay stacks and woods. . Another variety used to grow on sands which are very tiny and thin. Later seeds of one variety of oyster mushrooms appeared in market and through self help groups now a days they are available everywhere and around the yearIn Bengali mushroom is known as Chatu. I am a self proclaimed mushroom lover. All in my family are aware of my love for mushrooms and wherever I go I get to eat at least one variety of mushroom dishes. I have eaten 5-6 varieties like those oyster, button, wood mushroom, hay stack mushrooms or poal chatu, Sand mushroom (bali’r Chatu) etc.

My Maa used to make curries with potatoes but later I came up with different dishes like Mushroom pakora (fritters), mushroom chachari (skilled charred style) mushroom ghugni (with peas)etc but all time favourite is this dish, oyster mushrooms cooked with potatoes  and spices.you could also cook this with button mushroom but oyster mushroom tastes better. The dish is best paired with steamed white rice.

Here goes the recipe.

Mushroom Curry
Ingredients:
Oyster Mushroom: 1 packet
Potatoes: 2-3 big size
Onion paste: 3 tbsp
Ginger-garlic paste: 2 tsp
Tomato: 1 big
Oil: 2 tbsp
Cinnamon: ½ “ stick
Cloves: 2-3 pieces
Chilli powder: ½ tsp
Turmeric
Salt
Method:
Peel, wash and cut potatoes in small cubes.Shred the mushrooms, was and drain the water. Keep aside.

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan or kadhai and temper with cloves and cinnamon.  When it gives off the aroma add in the potatoes, salt and stir well. Cover.

Let it cook on low flame till the potatoes are half cooked, about 6-7 minutes. Add the onion paste and stir to coat well.

Cook till the raw smell of the onion is gone then add the ginger garlic paste, turmeric and chilli powder.

Mix to coat everything well. When oil separates at sides tip in the chopped tomato.

Once the tomato reaches a mushy stage add the drained mushrooms. Mix and cover.

By this time the potatoes will be soft, if not add 1/3 cup of water and let it cook on medium heat.

Once the potatoes are cooked and the juice is dry sprinkle the garam masala powder and serve hot.

Check out Ushnishda's mushroom Chachadi here

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27 comments

  1. Such a delectable mushroom curry, makes me hungry..

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  2. Nice click and mushroom curry looks so delicious..

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  3. lovely cooked booked and hooked story on mushrooms...
    love your clicks...

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  4. i havent tried oyster mushrooms yet,surely must be tasty as the other one...Looks delicious

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  5. That looks fantastic. I much prefer the mushrooms available in India to ones we get here in the US. They seem to taste better and does not leave so much water. Save some for me please, catching the next plane to your place :)

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  6. i am a mushroom lover too like you! This looks fantastic, love the second photo with rice in the background. bookmarked!

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  7. I had a Bengali friend, whose mum made this spectacular stir-fried mushroom that she served sandwiched between bread ... still makes my mouth water :D

    I love mushroom curries, and this looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g bookmarked for the coming week!

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  8. Thanks all for liking this recipe.
    @Somoo, Oh! thats a peep in the celebrity life....
    @Indo, you are most welcome. I will even make some Chingri Macher Batitarkari that you loved a few weeks ago :-)

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  9. I am not a mushroom eater, clicks looks lovely....

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  10. Dear sayantani
    I cant imagine , Mushrooms can be cooked this way...thank you so much...
    When I had gone to Santiniketan last Nov, My MIL had given 3 packs of oyster Mushroom, obviously for her daughter and not for me..ha ha
    One only gets button mushrooms in Delhi...I am so tired...
    In next Monsoon I will see to it that you get those tiny mushrooms shipped to you directly from Orissa..so keep in touch.:-)
    I will be off blog for some time< I will read your blogs but may not have time to appreciate immediately ,
    Bhalo theko
    Ushnishda

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  11. I love mushrooms!! The only time I ate these long mushrooms was years back when we went to Jhargram and ma had cooked this!! Some beautiful memories.. I was I think 5 & I still remember. Lovely recipe.

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  12. Whoo, thats looks so delicious...love oyster mushrooms...but cudnt find then here:( Never tried wood mushrooms...will chc it out. Thanks for the info' post:)

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  13. Sayantani, What a mouth watering and inviting Click. I love mushrooms and always look for new recipes. Ur Mushroom Curry looks delicious.

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  14. wow..it looks so delicious..makes me very hungry just looking at it..

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  15. hmmmm...yummy!!!nice post too.

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  16. Eita kon program, kon channel ?

    Ami India te kono din mushroom khetam na, ei khane khai kintu Indian way te ranna ta beshi bhalo lage
    Darun lagche

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  17. @Ushnishda, Thanks mushroom amar most favourite je kono din je kono bhabe khete aar pete raji.

    @Sandeepa, program tar naam First Ladies, NDTV good times e hay.last year er ota akhon repeat telecast hoche.

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