I love the Indian straw mushrooms that appear in the market during the monsoon season. The earthy mushrooms taste heavenly. My dad and I particularly love this curry. I remember my dad getting these mushrooms from the market (that’s the only thing he usually gets from market) and expects my mom to cook them right away. I call them the edible pearls.
Those earthy mushrooms taste heavenly compared to the artificially grown cultivated mushrooms. In US, I have wide variety of cultivated mushrooms but I really use only the button mushrooms. Portobello mushrooms are more matured and tough.
Today, I made this button mushroom with peas curry and it turned out to be finger licking good. Here is the recipe
- 16 oz of small button Mushrooms (if they are little big, cut them into desirable size)
- 1/2 cup peas ( I use frozen peas)
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
- 2 Cloves
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tbsp turmeric
- 11/2 tbsp Red Chili Powder
- 1 tbsp garam masala powder (home made pawder gives an excellent flavor to the dish)
- 1 stalk of curry leaves
- Coriander Leaves to garnish
- Wash and cut the mushrooms into small pieces or you can quarter the mushrooms
- Heat 2 tbsps of oil in a pressure pan. Add cinnamon stick, cloves, cumin and sauté them for few seconds. Add onions, chilies to the oil and fry till they get golden brown.
- Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for a min till the ginger garlic paste leaves the raw smell. Add tomatoes and sauté it till tomatoes are soft and mushy.
- Add peas, mushrooms, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt to taste and cook them for about 5 minutes.
- Mushroom ozzes water. Close the lid and let it whistle 2 times.
- Let the pressure pan cool by itself.
- Open the lid, adjust the taste if needed and cook the curry further till most of the water evaporates
- When the curry reaches the desired consistency, add garam masala powder and let it cook until oil starts oozing out, turn off the stove.
- Add fresh chopped coriander leaves for garnishing and serve it with pulav, steamed rice or roti.
Note- If you dont like peas, skip it, use the recipe as the base and adjust to your taste.