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.
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 mushroom curry
- 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
- 3 cups buna masala blended
- 5 cashew nuts soaked
- 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.
- 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.
- Mix well and serve the curry with grains or flatbreads.
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.
End your meal combo with a bit of sweetness to cool the spice. Here are a couple of ideas you may want to try.
See you at the next post and stay safe.