Kadai mushroom curry recipe

Kadai mushroom curry

Mushrooms weren’t something I grew up eating. It never entered my mother’s kitchen or my mother-in-laws. With the kids came a new attraction to mushrooms. Further, life in Malaysia solidified the love for mushrooms in our family. Though common white button mushroom appears more often in my kitchen, I have experimented with oyster mushrooms, Swiss browns and enoki in my kitchen. Each of these provides a unique experience for the tastebuds. In the end, it is back to the familiar few recipes that you will love on an everyday basis.

Mushrooms on our dinner table. 

That huge bag of button mushroom, fresh from the market gets its first taste as mushroom pepper fry. Then a day later I decide if the rest gets transformed as pilaf, biryani or curry.  Click on these highlighted links to access them. If Kadai mushroom curry is your preference, scroll further down.

Kalan biryani

Easy cremini mushroom and millet pilaf

The leftover mushrooms certainly get used up as bite-sized mushroom rolls.  That sums up the quick use of button mushrooms in our house. Along with this, we love oyster mushrooms in curry. 

Cleaning the mushrooms

The first step of any good recipe begins with cleaning the produce. With button mushrooms growing so close to the substrate (commercial mushrooms are grown on a special base not on soil) a bit of it tends to stick on to the mushrooms. So cleaning is absolutely necessary. Like the mini sponges they are, mushrooms, absorb water if soaked. So soaking to clean is out of the question. The best way is to clean them individually, using a damp kitchen cloth. However, if they really small and if you are in a hurry, you can give it a quick rinse under cold water. 

What is Kadai mushroom curry? 

Kadai mushroom curry is a variation to the Kadai masala gravy popularly made in Indian cuisine. 
Kadai is a deep heavy wok we often use in Indian cooking. Since it is a heavy-bottomed cast iron one, it helps to slow down the cooking and helps thicken the sauce giving that authentic gravy flavour. The onion-tomato buna masala with special ground sauce mixes us the curry base for this recipe. The gravy is therefore spicy, rich and super easy to make. Are you ready to make this delicious khadai mushroom curry recipe?

Ingredients for the Kadai masala gravy

The buna masala – The basic buna masala that we had made earlier forms the base of this recipe as well. this tangy onion tomato based gravy in the smooth blended consistency gives body to the curry. Here is the link to making storable buna masala

The kadai masala-  instead of the usual garam masala is the spicy kadai masala that makes this gravy lip-smacking delicious.  The spices that make this Kadai masala are the ones you often find in any Indian pantry. Basically, it is made of coriander seeds, cardamom pods, fennel and red chilli powder. 

Check the details of the step by step recipe below in the recipe card that will help you prepare this kadai mushroom curry. 

Kadai masala gravy

Kadai mushroom curry

Kadai mushroom curry is a spicy, hot delicious recipe you can put at dinner table with rice or breads. Try out the Kadai masala gravy with paneer or mixed vegetables too. Enjoy a great Indian dinner.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Autumn, gluten free, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 ladle
  • 1 wok
  • 1 Spice mill


For the kadai masala powder

  • 4 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 8 dry red chillies
  • 1.5 tsp fennel seed
  • 7 green cardamom

For the gravy

Other ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 cups Mushroom sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger root julienne
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi dried fenugreek leaves.


  • Soak the cashew nuts for a while and blend them into a smooth paste.
  • Wash and slice the mushroom.
  • In a frying pan, dry roast fennel, cardamom, dry red chillies and coriander seeds.
    kadai masala powder.
  • Once crisp and aromatic, set it aside to cool.
  • Powder this masala mix into a smooth powder.
  • Into the wok, add the oil and heat it to medium heat.
  • Sautee the mushrooms in the oil.
  • Remove the roasted mushroom and set it aside.
  • Add the buna masala and heat it up.
  • Now add the kadai masala, cashew nut paste.
  • Add half a cup of water and mix it well.
  • Add the roasted mushrooms and boil the gravy well, till the mushrooms are cooked.
  • Let the curry boil for 6-7 minutes. Rub the fenugreek leaf and add to the curry.
    kadai masala gravy
  • Mix well and serve the curry with grains or flatbreads.
    Kadai masala gravy
Keyword curry recipes, mushroom dishes
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


Vegetable Kadai masala -Instead of mushrooms vegetables that can be used are bell pepper, peas, french beans, cauliflower and carrots. This is the most popular form of Kadai masala curry

Kadai paneer masala – Indian cottage cheese or paneer soaked in the delicious kadai masala gravy with pulkas is the best Indian curry experience. 

Bread and rice to serve with this Kahdai mushroom curry.

The curry pairs well with Indian flatbreads and gentle rice varieties well than spicy mains. Here are a few ideas you can try with this curry.

Malabar cuisine ghee rice-neichoru

Soft triangle paratha

Kalonji Pulao- nigella seeds spiced rice.

 Bajra roti – Unleavened pearl millet bread

Spinach and avocado phulka

Peas and lemon pulao – Peela pulao.

End your meal combo with a bit of sweetness to cool the spice. Here are a couple of ideas you may want to try. 

Shakarkandi ki kheer – Sweet potato kheer

Banana Sheera – Sweet Banana Pudding

Stay connected

When you make the Kadai mushroom curry, let us know what you like about them in the comments.  let us know when you also try our recipe for Rajma masala,  Channa masala and vindaloo curry. We are always all ears to hear your reviews, twists and turns.  Let us know if you are making the khadi masala gravy with paneer or vegetables too. While you are here, do subscribe to get updates as regular as we can post them for you. Tag us @mildlyindian or #mildlyindian with your version of these recipes on all your social media accounts.
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2 years ago

Seema, as usual your recipe was very tasty. The proporions were appropriate for my family. We made some chappathis to have with.very tasty.

Luci Petlack
2 years ago

I LOOOOOOOVE mushrooms now, but I too didn’t eat them growing up. Thank you for all the extra reminders and tips about prepping mushrooms. I forgot about a few of those!

2 years ago
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I’ve recently gone gluten free so I am really excited about this healthy, flavorful dish!

2 years ago
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I’ve always wanted to make mushroom curry at home, so thank you for the recipe. Also, the step by step instructions are awesome!

2 years ago
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A great tasting curry recipe using mushrooms! Would love to try this for dinner this week.

Kristen Wood
2 years ago
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This was super tasty! Can’t wait to make again! Thank you. 🙂

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago
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Seema what a delicious kadai mushroom curry. Made this for dinner last night and we loved it with some naan.Love the buna masala.

Lata Lala
2 years ago
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Any form of mushrooms is most welcome at all my place. I loved your recipe and tried it. It turned out perfect with accurate measurement.
Thanks for sharing Seema.

2 years ago
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Usually I make mushrooms in a jiffy style with the regular spice powders. But this weekend I was on a cooking spree. So I roasted the spices and ground them before adding to the kadai. The kadai mushroom was absolutely marvelous. Nice post.

2 years ago
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We love mushrooms and this kadai mushroom recipe was quite a hit with my kids. The fresh spice powder added a lot of flavor to the dish. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

2 years ago
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I made this for dinner yesterday, it was so good. Everybody loved it. I will regularly make it now.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan
Sandhya Ramakrishnan
2 years ago
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My boys love mushrooms and I have been cooking often with it these days. Loved this recipe for Kadai mushroom and they were happy to see a mushroom curry. I even packed some for lunch box. Great recipe.

Amrita Roy
Amrita Roy
2 years ago

I prepared this delicious Kadai mushroom curry over the weekend and paired it with paratha. My family appreciated it a lot.

Hayley Dhanecha
2 years ago
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My Dad absolutely loves mushrooms so you can imagine his delight when I made your Kadai Mushroom recipe – we all loved the flavours and will be making this recipe again and again

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