Saturday, 22 May 2010

Spicy Indian Style Mushrooms

Hey look; I cooked something. This is a rich and tasty dish with a bit of a kick from the cayenne. You can serve it as a main dish with rice, in which case it should provide 4 servings, or as a side dish where it will go considerably further. Also, watch the cayenne. At 1/4 teaspoon it will be medium-spicy; at half a teaspoon it will have a much stronger bite.

4 to 8 servings
45 minutes - 45 minutes prep time

Indian Style Mushrooms
500 grams (1 pound) button mushrooms
1 large onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Clean the mushrooms, trimming off any dark stem ends. Cut them in halves or quarters if they are large.

Peel and chop the onion fairly finely. Peel and mince the garlic, and peel and grate or finely mince the ginger.

Heat the oil in a large skillet, and sauté the onion until soft and showing signs of colour. Add the poppy seeds and cook for a minute longer. Add the mushrooms and cook for several minutes, turning them every so often until they are browned and cooked down.

Add the cayenne and turmeric, and sauté for just a minute more. Be careful; the cayenne may cause choking fumes if it cooks too long before you add the water. So, add the water and mix well once the cayenne and turmerichave been well mixed in.

Once the water is blended in, add the peanut butter and continue cooking and stirring to dissolve and work in the peanut butter. Season with the salt. Mix in the yogurt, and when the mixture is smooth and heated through, remove the mushrooms to a serving dish and garnish with the chopped cilantro. Serve at once.


Sophie said...

Hello friend!

I so love this tasty & special mushroom dish!!

Lovely presented too!

Katharine said...

This looks amazing! Do you hsve a follow button? I'd love to stay current with your posts

Joanne said...

I love dishes that are spiced this way! It looks quite delicious.