There are times when I know what I am going to cook, have things planned out exactly in my head and just go about it. And then, there are times, when I take out an ingredient, gaze at it, try to rack my brains, and when no inspiration comes, the said ingredient heads back straight to where it came from.
And then, there are times, when the ingredient is taken out with no particular plan, and I just let myself go with the flow. This was what exactly happened when I took out the box of baby button mushrooms a few days ago. They were fresh and I didn’t want them to disappear among a million other ingredients.
So, something quick , easy, and with mushrooms as the star ingredient was the order of the day. The mushrooms were sliced, the fresh spices were chopped and I was ready to roll.
450 gms of baby button mushrooms, halved
1 large onion, finely chopped
4-5 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
3 tblsp of sunflower/vegetable oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 whole dried red chilli, halved
1/3 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies
1 tsp cumin powder
2-3 tbslp of single cream or just plain milk
1 tsp garam masala powder
salt to taste
- Heat the oil in a wide, thick bottomed pan and add the cumin seeds, bay leaf and whole red chilli halves.
- When the seeds begin to splutter, reduce the heat to low and add the mushrooms, followed by the onions, ginger and garlic. Stir well and add the turmeric and cumin powders and the crushed red chillies. Season with salt.
- Raise the heat to high and cook, stirring constanttly, till the mushrooms just soften. Do not let them go mushy, 3-4 minutes should be fine. The mixture should not go completely dry either.
- Turn off the heat and with 1/4 of the mixture ( avoiding the bay leaf and the red chilli halves), grind coarsely in a food processor. Return the ground mixture to the pan along with the rest, and turn on the heat. Add the cream/milk and the garam masala powder.
- Stir constantly for a couple of minutes till everything is well mixed and the mixture thickens, but is not completely dry. This step should be done very quickly
- Serve hot, as a side dish with rice or any Indian flatbread.
Believe me, it’s very quick and easy to make. We had ours with some rotis.
Have a great weekend everyone !