Chef’s Nectar, “Kadai Mushroom”


Kadai Mushroom

Kadai mushroom is very simple and exotic nutrtsious dish of Northern India, it is famous for its smoky and fragrant texture and taste, Kadai is the vessel which is used for cooking as well for serving the dishes in India. Please have the look on the below stated preparation of this heavenly dish.

Ingredients for making the Kadai Mushroom

For kadai masala

  • 1 ½ tablespoon coriander seeds or daniya
  • 3 to 4 dried red chilies , kashmiri (or less spicy variety)

Fragrant ingredients

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons oil
  • 6 cashew nuts (can substitute with 3 tbsp cream)
  • 1 cup onions heaped , cubed about 2 large
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped about 2 large
  • ¾ inch ginger
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon red chili powder (optional, just for color)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon ginger julienne
  • 200 grams mushrooms (about 1 ½ cups sliced)
  • 1 medium onion cubed large, layers separated (optional)
  • ¼ to ½ cup capsicum cubed bell pepper (optional)
  • salt to taste

Method of making the Kadai Mushroom

Let’s start the process

  • Make a coarse powder of coriander seeds and red chilies in a blender. Set this aside.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil to a skillet/pan. Sauté ginger garlic for 1 min or till it becomes fragrant.
  • add onions and saute until they turn slightly cooked.
    • Then add tomatoes and salt. Saute until the tomatoes turn completely merged in the Ingredients.
  • Add cashews to the pan and cooked for a while and keep aside.
  • When the mixture become cold then make a smooth paste of the onions and tomato’s in a blender.
  • Rinse the mushrooms well and slice them evenly so they looks appealing.
  • Add a tbsp of oil to heavy bottom-pan/Kadai.
  • When the oil become hot, add sliced mushrooms and saute for 3 mins.
  • Then add capsicum and onion cubes.
  • Saute all of them together until mushrooms turn slightly golden. Set aside.

Making of Kadai Mushroom

  • Add another tbsp of oil to the pan and heat it.
  • Next add the coarse powder of coriander seeds & red chilies. Saute this powder for 2 mins.
  • Add onion tomato paste, red chilli powder and garam masala. Saute for 3 to 5 mins.
  • Pour 1 cup water to the mixture and make a gravy.
  • If needed add more water to bring it to a slightly thin consistency.
  • Cover the pan and cook until the gravy thickens and you see traces of oil over the gravy.
  • Check and add more salt if needed.
  • Add kasuri methi and fried mushrooms, capsicum and onions. Stir well.
  • Add green chilies and ginger juliennes. Cover the pan.
  • Cook on a low heat for 2 to 3 mins. Turn off the stove. If desired sprinkle some finely chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve this exotic kadai mushroom with plain rice, roti/naan or pratha. Enjoy this delicacy with your loved one.

Published by Avtar Singh Rana

A brief about Chef Avtar Singh Rana Chef Avtar Singh Rana a passionate professional celebrity chef having more than 2 decades of experience. A chef who wears different hats, who ranges from the city Delhi is someone who loves interaction and discovery with a vision of always coming up with the best and true perfectionist at his work, he dwells in photography, traveling and of course food. He started his carrier with Taj Group of hotels, in the year 1998 and since then has only achieved milestones and growth immensely his hunger to learn and explore more got him travelling to the middle east, Oman, KSA , multiple times, where he worked for some of the iconic hotels. His talent also brought him recognition from Radisson, Starwood and Accor, where he was responsible for the preopening of the hotels. An individual who leads by the examples and has the knack of grasping quickly and extend warm hospitality.

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