Mushroom Masala

July 4, 2021mayurisjikoni




Mushroom Masala/ Mushroom curry is an Indian style curry made with mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, spice mixture, herbs and a bit of cream or coconut milk. The flavorful, tasty and creamy curry is enjoyed with naan, paratha, roti or rice.

What is a Curry?

Before I lead you to the Mushroom Masala recipe, let us get one thing cleared and out of the way. Curry is a word coined during the British Rule in India. It originates from the Tamil word kari which means a sauce or relish for usually rice. Curry originates from the Indian Sub Continent. Although curry  refers to both a dried or wet version of any dish prepared to enjoy with rice or flatbreads, the world generally knows it as meat, fish, vegetables, etc, cooked in a sauce base.

In India you may find the word curry on the menus but that is usually more for the tourists and foreigners sake. Most sauce based or dry curries will have specific names like pasanda, korma, mughlai, bhuna, etc. Though the basic ingredients onion, tomato, spices and herbs may be the same in the different varieties the difference will be in how it is cooked and sometimes the spice mixture or blend used.

To know more about the different  Indian curries check out my 15+ Popular Indian Curries post.

More About Mushroom Masala

There are two ways one can prepare any Masala or basic curry. The main ingredient can be mixed vegetables, paneer, chicken, fish, meat or in this case mushrooms. The first way is to marinate the main ingredient in a yogurt or spice based marinade. Then the marinated ingredient is roasted and added to a curry or sauce base prepared separately.

The second method is to prepare the sauce or curry and add the main ingredient. Allow it to cook with the sauce or curry. I’ve chosen to make mushroom masala using this method. A masala is the most basic Indian sabji or sabzi that one can prepare in a matter of minutes.


Some More Mushroom Recipes to Check Out:

I have a tendency to use mushrooms quite a bit in my cooking. Here in Mombasa I get limited to button mushrooms but during my travels I’ve taken the opportunity to cook with other types of mushrooms too.



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I’m a huge fan of mushrooms and though I’ve made Mushroom Masala umpteen of times, surprisingly I didn’t have the recipe on my blog. When Sneha who blogs at Sneha’s Recipe suggested Mushrooms as the theme for this Sunday, it was time that this family favorite made it ways to my blog.

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Ingredients Required For Mushroom Masala

  • Mushrooms – generally button mushrooms are used for this masala.However, can also use cremini mushrooms. Wipe the mushrooms well with a damp cloth. Cut into quarters or thick slices.
  • Onion – white, yellow or red, peeled and chopped finely
  • Garlic – peeled and minced
  • Ginger – peeled and minced or grated
  • Green Chillis – chopped finely or crushed
  • Fresh Tomato Puree – or canned
  • Oil – any vegetable oil
  • Ghee – clarified butter  – an optional ingredient. I like the aroma of ghee in curries. For vegan option use vegan ghee or coconut oil.
  • Cashew Nut or Almond Powder
  • Garam Masala – a spice mixture or blend that is easily available in stores.
  • Turmeric Powder 
  • Asafetida – hing. Is an optional ingredient especially if you want a gluten free curry. Asafetida usually has a bit of wheat flour mixed in it.
  • Salt – according to your taste
  • Sugar – a little balances the flavours
  • Kasuri Methi – dried fenugreek leaves. Adds a distinct flavour to the curry.
  • Water – tap water
  • Coconut Cream – can also use normal whipping or cooking cream


Dietary Tips:

  • For Vegan version don’t use ghee. Also use coconut cream.
  • For Gluten Free version don’t add asafetida.





Mushroom Masala/ Mushroom curry is an Indian style curry made with mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, spice mixture, herbs and a bit of cream or coconut milk. The flavorful, tasty and creamy curry is enjoyed with naan, paratha, roti or rice. 
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Meal, sabji
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 250 g mushrooms
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • 1 tsp green chilli minced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 2 tbsp cashew or almond powder
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp asafetida optional
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi dried fenugreek leaves
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup coconut cream or cooking cream
  • 3 tbsp fresh coriander chopped


  • Heat oil and ghee in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • When the oil becomes hot, add the chopped onion and stir fry till it becomes soft and slightly brownish.
  • Add garlic paste and stir fry for a minute.
  • Add ginger and chilli pastes. Stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add asafetida, turmeric powder and the cashew nut or almond powder. Stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add tomato puree, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cover the pan and allow the sauce to cook for at least 2-3 minutes.
  • The sauce will be cooked by now. Add chopped mushrooms and garam masala.
  • Mix well. Cover the pan and allow the mushrooms to cook for 5 -7 minutes. The mushroom will at this point release a bit of water. In between remember to stir the curry so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add water and kasuri methi. Mix well. Cover the pan again and let the masala cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Open the lid, mix the mushroom masala. Add coconut cream and mix well.
  • Add chopped coriander and Mushroom Masala is ready to be served with rice, paratha, naan or roti.


  • Adjust spices according to your taste.
  • Can easily add sweet corn, peas, chickpeas, beans, paneer along with the mushrooms to make a different kind of masala.
  • Can replace the nut powder with chickpea flour if you have nut allergies.
Keyword Easy Mushroom Curry Recipe, mushroom masala recipe

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  • Sneha Datar

    July 4, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    This sounds delicious and love the flavors!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you Sneha.

  • Wendy Klik

    July 4, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you for the curry lesson….I’m a little more knowledgable after reading your post. The recipe sounds amazing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy.

  • Stephanie

    July 4, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    5 stars
    I sympathise with your comments regarding the wordcurry as a blanket term for any dish from the entire continent. Thank you for your delicious and informative recipes.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 4, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you Stephanie.

  • Karen

    July 4, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    You are so informative! And your dish looks fabulous. I love the gorgeous flatbread too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 5, 2021 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you so much Karen, it is normal wheatflour flatbread roti, but with turneric.

    2. Bless my food by Payal

      July 18, 2021 at 1:48 pm

      5 stars
      Mushroom masala looks absolutely delicious. I have never added cream or coconut milk in mushrooms. Just by mere reading, I can feel they do add a unique flavour to this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        July 20, 2021 at 3:46 am

        Try it with the cream or coconut cream, it not only makes the curry or sauce silky creamy but it is finger licking good.

  • Preethicuisine

    July 9, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    5 stars
    Mushroom masala looks scrumptious. Even I like to add coconut cream. Love this rich and creamy mushroom masala. Perfect accompaniment with hot rotis.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 9, 2021 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

  • Archana

    July 9, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    5 stars
    This mushroom masala is so very delicious. A comfort food that we will love on any day. Just need some rotis or a hot pav that the bakers brings around.
    Love it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 9, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Wonderful idea to enjoy it with some pav too.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    July 10, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    5 stars
    Mishroom curry looks so delicious, it is ideal to pair with a few hot rotis. My son will be happy to pair it with pulav too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 16, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree. Enjoy when you make it.

  • Avin Kohli

    July 17, 2021 at 10:03 am

    5 stars
    One of my favourite curry’s to make. Not many people love mushroom. And I never grew with mushrooms around that much but now I cant get enough of them.
    Your recipe has a lovely rich gravy which I love.

  • vandana

    July 21, 2021 at 9:01 am

    5 stars
    I love mushroom masala and you have made it exactly the way my mother makes it. Just seeing these tempting pics have made me hungry.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 21, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana.

  • Lata Lala

    July 22, 2021 at 9:20 am

    5 stars
    This curry is perfect who has a mushroom lover family at home, like us. Oh my goodness, addition of coconut cream definately would have added so much flavour to this curry. The curry looks super delicious, creamy and rich.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 23, 2021 at 4:23 am

      Thank you so much Lata. Coconut cream does add a distinct flavour and creaminess to the curry.

  • Pavani

    July 24, 2021 at 5:18 am

    5 stars
    What a creamy and delicious looking mushroom masala this is. We are big time mushroom lovers and this looks like a must-try recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 24, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      Thank Pavani, enjoy the masala when you make it.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    July 24, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Mushroom masala with coconut milk sounds so delicious, rich, and creamy! This curry can be served as an everyday meal but would get lots of attention if served at any get-together too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 24, 2021 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Hayley and yes it definitely is a party pleaser… I love making it when I entertain as it is so easy and not time consuming.

  • Poonam bachhav

    July 26, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    5 stars
    My family loves mushrooms and I make mushroom masala often. Love your version with coconut cream. The curry looks creamy smd delectable.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 27, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam.

  • Kalyani

    August 5, 2021 at 6:50 am

    5 stars
    My kids are huge fans of mushrooms and this creamy gravy mopped with some hot tandoori rotis would absolutely make their day! bookmarked..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 5, 2021 at 7:36 am

      Thank you so much Kalyani.. and hope your girls love it.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    August 5, 2021 at 9:08 am

    5 stars
    Wow, the curry looks super delicious. The rich and creamy gravy can be reished with rotis and naans. I also prefer using coconut cream as a substitute to the cooking cream. It is lighter and gives the same results. A treat for mushroom lovers.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 7, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha, it sure is a treat for mushroom lovers. I totally agree that coconut cream is a great substitute for fresh cream.

  • Sapana Behl

    August 14, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    5 stars
    This mushroom masala looks so tempting and would make a wonderful side dish to pair with paratha or naan.The gravy you made is my go-to gravy base for most of the curries.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 15, 2021 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks Sapana, mushroom masala for sure tastes good with paratha or naans.

  • Seema

    October 29, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    5 stars
    We made this recipe today with some tawa roti. The taste was spot on and my family loved it. Mushroom masala was a superhit.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 29, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you so much Seema for trying the recipe out. I am so glad that your family loved it.

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