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Kadai Mushroom Curry


Kadai Mushroom, stir fried mushroom and capsicum cooked in onion and tomato based spicy gravy, is prepared in a very similar way as popular Punjabi curry, restaurant style kadai paneer. Serve it with phulka roti or triangle paratha and methi daal as a perfect meal combo in lunch.

150-200 gms White Button Mushroom
1/2 cup Capsicum, sliced (approx. 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon Dry Coriander Seeds
1 Dry Red Kashmiri Chili, seeds removed and broken into 2-3 pieces
1 Green Cardamom
1/2 inch piece of Cinnamon
1 large Onion, chopped
2 medium Tomatoes, chopped (approx. 3/4 cup)
1 teaspoon Ginger-Garlic Paste
1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
A pinch of Turmeric Powder, optional
1/2 teaspoon Kasuri Methi, optional
1/4 cup Milk, optional
1/2 cup Water
Salt to taste
1½ tablespoon Oil
1 tablespoon Butter (or oil)

Wash mushrooms in water to remove any dirt and debris. If required, peel them after washing. Cut them into slices. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a pan over medium flame. Add sliced mushroom and stir-fry them for around 3-4 minutes.

Add sliced capsicum and salt. Mix well and cook until water released by mushroom is evaporated and capsicum turns soft. Transfer them to a plate.

Heat 1-tablespoon oil in the same pan over medium flame. Add dry coriander seeds, dry Kashmiri red chili, green cardamom, cinnamon and sauté for 30 seconds. Add chopped onion and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté until onion turns translucent.

Add chopped tomato and salt (only for tomato and onion) and cook until tomatoes turn soft.

Turn off the flame, transfer mixture to a bowl and let it cool for few minutes. After cooling for a while, transfer it to the small chutney jar of a mixer grinder and grind to a smooth puree.

Heat 1-tablespoon butter in the same pan over medium flame. Add pureed mixture, red chilli powder and turmeric powder.

Stir and cook for 2-minutes.

Add cooked mushroom and capsicum. Stir and cook for 2-minutes.

Add 1/2 cup water, mix well and bring it to boil over high flame. When it starts boiling, reduce flame to low and cook for around 4-5 minutes or until gravy turns thick. Add 1/4 cup milk and mix well.

Cook it for 2-3 minutes and add kasuri methi.

Turn off the flame and mix well. Kadai mushroom curry is now ready for serving.

Tips and Variations:
– Add red capsicum along with green capsicum for colorful curry.
– Increase or decrease the amount of dry red chilli to make it more or less spicy respectively.
– If you want to make curry less spicy but still want its deep red color, use Kashmiri dry red chillies.

Taste: Spicy

Serving Ideas: Serve mushroom kadai with lachha paratha or butter naan in dinner or lunch.