Sunday, April 20, 2008

super spicy mushroom curry

we never ate mushrooms growing up. my mom never bought them and i'd never tasted one till i was in my twenties. never having tasted them, i thought they were horrible, nasty, mushy brownish gray things to top pizzas with. i had no idea i was just eating them prepared all wrong.

then after all those wasted years, i had my first portabella burger and that was all she wrote. it was mushroom love after that. i still prefer them lightly sauteed or fresh. more recently however, i had a mushroom curry at an indian wedding and it was outstanding. here is my re-creation of that dish.

spicy mushroom curry

serves 2-3

prep time: 10 min

cook time: 15 min


  • 1 pint. cleaned and quartered button mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, buttermilk or sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2" ginger minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander-cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste

the play:

  • heat oil in nonstick pan
  • add onions and saute few minutes until transparent
  • add the garlic, ginger and all the spices, saute for a couple more minutes
  • add the tomatoes and salt and fry until mushy - about 5 min
  • add mushrooms, fry for another 5 min
  • stir in yogurt or buttermilk or sourcream until it comes to a simmer
  • garnish with cilantro and serve with roti, toasted naan, lavash or steamed rice


Cynthia said...

I so know what you mean. We never ate mushrooms growing up either, and like you, it was the portabella that did it for me (lol). I've never had mushrooms curried though.

Sagari said...

curry looks deleciousssss alpa

notyet100 said...

hi alpa,..looks yummy,..will try for sure,..

Arundathi said...

sounds delicious - love portabella burgers too! i make variations of this ie without the yogurt - gonna try this soon. thanks for sharing.

TS said...

tari mushroom curry lagey che to saras, yaar....I am not that brave to try it. :)


LisaRene said...

It's interesting to learn how many of us disliked mushrooms at one point. I've gained an appreciation for most mushrooms but the portabella is a hold out. Anything (even a portabella) would be delicious in a thick, spicy curry, yum!

Madhavi said...

Love spicy food and your curry looks great and very nice recipe!!!

Mona said...

That looks fantastic! I love spicy curries, will try your recipe soon, thnx for sharing!

Alpa said...

Cynthia - really? that's hard to believe! Well, I guess you had all that awesome fruit so no wonder you never ate it! Try it spiced out, it's remarkable.

Sagari, NotYet100 - Thanks!!!!

Arundhati - Yes, please give it a go. The yogurt gives it a little tang. Of course, you could always use tamarind :)

Trupti - Awwww, thanks! You'd be surprised, my husband doesn't like them either, but he actually ate this.

LisaRene - Hi there! I know, it's weird right? I think kids always go for texture - i think they are attracted to crunchy & crispy things more... this does not fit the bill, lol!

Madhavi & Mona - Thanks for dropping by!! Let me know how it goes if you try it :)

Dhivya said...

wow!looks so yumm dear!really a tempting one

SHUBHA said...

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Alpa said...

Mona - Hi, let me know what you think if you try it out! Thanks for stopping by :)

Dhivya - thanks sweetie!

Shubha - Welcome! I'm so glad you like it :) I will def come visit your blog!