Posted on | October 7, 2007 | 38 Comments |
I’ve been posting a lot of meat based recipes lately, so time to post something pure vegetarian. Yep, trust me, I didn’t sneak anything in, no fish sauce, no minced meat, no shrimp paste, nothing. It is a Tamil recipe, I think. Siv gave me the recipe, but he has never made it before. He makes a great mushroom dish – a thick gravy, which is very tasty, and I know that is his mom’s recipe. When I wanted to make a quick side dish with mushrooms, he told me how to do this, and swore that it is the way his mom makes it. I have my doubts though, because how-many-ever times he has made a dish, he still calls up his mom to confirm the recipe just before cooking. Since he didn’t need any external help on this one, I am thinking he made this up, but that is fine, because this turned out quite awesome, if I say so myself. But any Tamilians out there, let me know if it really is an authentic Tamil recipe.
- 8 oz sliced crimini mushrooms (white button mushrooms)
- 1/4 cup diced bell pepper
- 1/4 cup diced onions
- 4 dry red chilies
- 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/8 tsp cumin seeds
- 1″ cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
- a few curry leaves
- 3/4 tsp red chilli powder (Cayenne pepper)
- Salt to taste
- 1.5 tbsp oil
In a stir fry pan, heat 1/2 tbsp oil and add the sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle some salt on the mushrooms and saute on high heat till the excess moisture is dried up. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and keep aside.
In the same pan, add 1 tbsp oil and add the cinnamon, fennel, cumin and fenugreek seeds. Saute till the spices start to brown. Reduce the heat all the way, and add the red chilli powder. Keep stirring till the mixture turns brown, taking care not to burn the spices.
Add the onions , bell peppers and curry leaves to the pan, and stir well to combine. When the ingredients stops smoking, increase the heat, and stir fry till the onions are soft. Add the sauteed mushrooms and mix well and stir fry on high heat till the ingredients are well combined.
Serve hot with rice.
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