Matar Mushroom
Serves 4
For the curry
Oil – 5tbsp
Bayleaf – 1no
Cinnamon(1”piece) – 2nos
Green cardamom – 3nos
Black cardamom – 1no
Cloves – 3nos
Cumin – 1½ tsp
Onion sliced – 2cups
Garlic Chopped – 1tbsp
Ginger chopped – 1tbsp
Green chilli – 1no
Kashmiri chilli powder – 2tsp
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Coriander powder – 1½ tbsp
Curd – 2tbsp
Tomato sliced – 4cups
Salt
Kasoori methi powder – a pinch
Garam masala – a pinch
Coriander chopped – handful

For mushrooms
Oil – 1tbsp
Butter – 1tbsp
Mushrooms diced – 2cups
Matar – 1½ cups
Salt

Method

How to prepare mushrooms for cooking?

Place the mushrooms in a bowl, sprinkle some water and add a tbsp of maida (all purpose flour) and rub them. Maida will remove the dirt from the mushrooms and whiten them.

Wash them under running water and cut them in quarter to use later in the recipe.

How to make Matar Mushroom Curry

Heat a pan and add oil. drop in bayleaf, cinnamon, cardamom, black cardamom, cloves and cumin. Saute and then add in the sliced onions. Cook onions for 2 mins and then add ginger, garlic and green chilli. Cook onions further till they are half browned.

At this stage add chilli powder, turmeric and coriander powder. Stir for 15sec and add curd. Cook the curd on high heat for 2 mins and once the oil oozes out from the masala add sliced tomatoes along with some salt. cook till the tomatoes are mashy.

Remove them from heat and allow to cool down a bit. Add the masala to a grinder and grind it to a fine paste. You may use little water here. Add the pureed curry to a pan and add 1½ cups of water and bring the curry to a boil. Sprinkle kasoori methi powder and gram masala.

How to perfectly cook mushrooms & peas.

In a separate pan add oil and heat it ot a high. Add in the washed and diced mushrooms and let them sit there without stirring for 2minutes. Now drop in butter and let the mushrooms cook for another minute in butter. Add the boiled green peas, salt and toss them for 2 mins. Pour the curry over the mushroom and mattar. Check for seasoning and add chopped coriander.

Serve hot with rice or any Indian bread like a roti, chapati or paratha

Kunal’s Tips & Tricks when cooking Matar Mushroom
– Wash the mushrooms properly and let them soak in water to remove and dirt. Use maida to scrub and clean the mushrooms
– Never boil mushrooms as it will kill their taste. Always cook them on high heat On a grill or a pan
– If not mushrooms you can replace them with soya nuggets as well.
– Adding a spoon of curd lightens the final colour of the dish so definitely use it.

Extra Shots – Leftover recipe using Matar Mushroom


Matar Mushroom Pulao
Heat the matar mushroom, add boiled rice, salt, chopped coriander and toss
them together. Remove to a plate and serve hot.