A lot of people have this question, Is Mushroom a vegetable?
Some vegetarians even avoid eating mushrooms as they consider it to be a non-vegetarian.
I can understand why the question arises. They are one of the foods, which can be cooked in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cooking methods. It's one of those fleshy, thick foods, which is very sumptuous and filling, it provides good amount of protein with very less fat.
Why I talk about mushrooms, you may ask. Well, it was supposed to be the build up for the mushroom recipe, am about to write about. So let me jump right in.
I have named it "Mushroom mania" (Just being fancy). It's an Indian style mushroom curry with not much of a twist.
- Button or portabella mushrooms (Chop each into 4 pieces) – 250 g (about 10-15 mushrooms)
- Medium onion thinly chopped lengthwise – 1
- Medium tomato finely chopped– 1
- Ginger – 1 inch
- Garlic – 4 pods
- Cinnamon stick – ½ inch
- Cloves – 2
- Fennel seeds – ¼ teaspoon
- Cumin seeds, mustard seeds, urad dhal - ½ teaspoon.
- Cooking oil - 2 tablespoon
- Curry leaves – 8-10
- Chili powder – ½ teaspoon
- Pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
- Meat masala – 1 teaspoon
- Salt – to taste.
- Chicken broth – 1 cup
- Coriander leaves – handful.
- Mix the mushrooms with pepper and meat masala and marinate it for 15 minutes.
- Set the stove on medium heat. In a saucepan, add all the items listed under "for temper" and sauté a bit until the mustard seeds pop.
- Add the curry leaves, Ginger and Garlic and sauté until the garlic smell goes away.
- Add the onions and sauté it until it becomes translucent.
- Set the stove to low heat and let the onions cook for at least 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and mix well; let the tomatoes cook for another 5 minutes and observe that tomatoes are in a semi mashed state
- Add the chili powder and salt, mix well and let it cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, mix well and set the stove to medium heat and bring to boil and let it boil for 5 minutes
- Add the marinated mushrooms, mix well and add coriander leaves on top and boil for 2-3 minutes.
- Set the stove on simmer and let it cook for 10 minutes.
- The mushroom curry is ready to eat.
- Chicken broth gives it the additional flavor and also makes mushroom texture to be a bit like chicken and juicy.
- Meat Masala can be substituted with garam masala, if you want it hotter.
- This Curry can be eaten with Chapatti or Rice.