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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chettinadu Mushroom Masala (Step by Step Pics)

Chettinadu flavors are full of spices and they taste really delicious.I have already tried a few chettinad flavors(listed at the end) and we loved them all.This is another interesting recipe from chettinadu with mushrooms.This recipe is very quick to make if you have the ground chettinadu masala ready at hand.I had bookmarked this recipe sometime back but don't have the link of the source with me.The ingredients list may look long but the procedure is real simple and easy to prepare.The gravy is thick and well coats with the mushroom pieces.This serves as a healthy side dish with chapathis or steamed rice.Do try and enjoy !!

Preparation time~ 30 minutes
Cooking time~ 10-15 minutes
Serves ~4
button mushrooms 10-12
green chilly 1 vertical slit
onion 1 small medium sized,finely chopped
shallots 5-6 sliced
ginger garlic paste 1tsp
tomato 1 big chopped
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp 
curry leaves a sprig/thandu
coriander leaves/cilantro 2tbsp 
salt to taste
oil 2tbsp 

to grind
dry coconut 4tsp
dry red chillies 3
coriander seeds 1.5 tbsp
cloves 3
fennel seeds 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds 1 tsp
peppercorns 1tsp
cardamom 2
mace 1 very small piece
cinnamon 1/2" piece
star anise 1 small petal
nutmeg powder a pinch
poppy seeds 1tsp
split dalia/pottukadala  1tsp

  • Heat a pan and warm up the spices listed under 'to grind' except dry coconut and nutmeg on  low flame.Switch off flame and add the dry coconut and nutmeg.Let it cool and then grind in a blender to fine powder without adding any water or very little water to make smooth paste(I didn't add any water and finely powdered).

  • Wash the mushrooms quickly and wipe them dry with a paper towel.If the skin looks soiled and gently peel off the skin starting from the base and then cut them in thick slices.Keep aside.
  • Heat a pan and add oil.When oil is hot,add the onions,shallots,green chilly and curry leaves.When the onion turns translucent and slightly browned,add the ginger-garlic paste.Saute until raw smell disappears,now add in the tomatoes.Cook the tomatoes until it turns mushy and comes together.

  • Then,add the ground masala,turmeric powder and toss.Slide in the mushroom too.Combine well.Add a cup of water,adjust salt and cook covered for 5 mins.Then,check the consistency and add water if required.Simmer two more minutes and switch off flame.Garnish with coriander leaves/cilantro.
  • Serve warm with chapathis/phulkas.

* You can use freshly grated coconut too.In that case add with the spices and warm it up.
* You can use cashews instead of dalia/pottukadala for a richer taste.Also skip adding dalia,if you don't like the gravy really thick as poppy seeds to the consistency.
* This yields a moderately spicy curry.Increase/decrease spices as per tolerance and personal preference.
* Try to use all the spices listed so that you get the real flavors of chettinadu masala.
* You can use the same chettinad masala to cook other vegetables other than mushrooms.

A few more chettinad flavors that you may be interested from this space-
* Chettinadu Fish Fry
* Chettinadu Egg Paniyaram
* Pepper Chicken Chettinadu
* Chettinadu Prawns Curry

Enjoy with chapathis/naan/ steamed rice !!


Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious mushroom masala, would love to have this with rotis..

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohh wow..this looks moutwatering dear..

Happy’s Cook said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy mushroom masala... I am a great fan of chettinad recipes... tempting clicks

turmericnspice said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this recipe !! Bookmarking it.

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious Julie, goes well with rice or chapthi.

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Chettinadu mushroom masala looks so delicious!!!

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious mushroom masala . Love it

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks and and sounds yum

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect for chapatis, spicy and yummy

Nish Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Any dish with Chettinad flavours, I'm in ! This curry looks delicious!

Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious one..

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

WE are a mushroom loving family and this curry sounds so perfect to be served at home...I am gonna make it soon....looking at the pics my stomach's growling...yumm

Kushigalu said... Best Blogger Tips

I love chettinad recipes and this is mouth watering! Beautiful clicks