EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY
RECIPE: MUSHROOM MASALA/ MUSHROOM CURRY
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.
- Baked Breaded Mushrooms – Breaded Mushrooms are generally deep fried but I bake mine.
- Love to have Mushroom On Toast with soup.
- Dhingri Palak Sabji – is basically mushroom made in spinach sauce.
- Shahi Mushroom Korma – is mushroom cooked in a rich sauce, Mughlai style
- A fusion dish, Paneer and Mushroom Enchiladas
- I love this Mushroom Egg Fried Rice
- Have you tried Enoki Mushrooms and Mache Salad? So healthy and yummy.
- Pasta with Mushroom Sauce, hubby’s favourite
- A healthy and filling Avocado Mushroom Pasta Salad
- Pesto Mushroom Pie make a good starter or side dish
- Love homemade Mushroom Soup
- These flaky Spinach Mushroom Pies are a treat.
- Odia Style Chatu Batibasa using crab mushrooms is a dryish vegetable enjoyed with rice, roti or paratha.
- And here comes my favorite portobello mushrooms – Caprese Stuffed Portobello
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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.
Here Are Some More Mushroom Recipes By Members of Sunday Funday
- Beef Stroganoff With Oyster Mushrooms from Sneha’s Recipe
- Butter-Braised Cardoons and Oyster Mushrooms from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Grilled Filet Mignon with Mushroom Cream Sauce from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Mini Mushroom Burger Bites from Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking
- Mushroom Masala from Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Noodle Soup with Enoki Mushrooms and Scallops from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Pork Chops with Garlic Butter Mushrooms from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
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
- For Vegan version don’t use ghee. Also use coconut cream.
- For Gluten Free version don’t add asafetida.
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- 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.
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July 4, 2021 at 4:25 pm
This sounds delicious and love the flavors!
July 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm
Thank you Sneha.
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.
July 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm
Thank you so much Wendy.
July 4, 2021 at 5:33 pm
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.
July 4, 2021 at 10:07 pm
Thank you Stephanie.
July 4, 2021 at 11:46 pm
You are so informative! And your dish looks fabulous. I love the gorgeous flatbread too.
July 5, 2021 at 9:10 pm
Thank you so much Karen, it is normal wheatflour flatbread roti, but with turneric.
Bless my food by Payal
July 18, 2021 at 1:48 pm
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.
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.
July 9, 2021 at 1:45 pm
Mushroom masala looks scrumptious. Even I like to add coconut cream. Love this rich and creamy mushroom masala. Perfect accompaniment with hot rotis.
July 9, 2021 at 5:42 pm
Thank you so much Preethi.
July 9, 2021 at 3:28 pm
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.
July 9, 2021 at 5:40 pm
Thank you so much Archana. Wonderful idea to enjoy it with some pav too.
July 10, 2021 at 4:17 pm
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.
July 16, 2021 at 2:25 pm
Thank you so much Jayashree. Enjoy when you make it.
July 17, 2021 at 10:03 am
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.
July 21, 2021 at 9:01 am
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.
July 21, 2021 at 9:39 pm
Thank you so much Vandana.
July 22, 2021 at 9:20 am
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.
July 23, 2021 at 4:23 am
Thank you so much Lata. Coconut cream does add a distinct flavour and creaminess to the curry.
July 24, 2021 at 5:18 am
What a creamy and delicious looking mushroom masala this is. We are big time mushroom lovers and this looks like a must-try recipe.
July 24, 2021 at 6:45 pm
Thank Pavani, enjoy the masala when you make it.
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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.
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.
July 26, 2021 at 7:47 pm
My family loves mushrooms and I make mushroom masala often. Love your version with coconut cream. The curry looks creamy smd delectable.
July 27, 2021 at 6:50 pm
Thank you so much Poonam.
August 5, 2021 at 6:50 am
My kids are huge fans of mushrooms and this creamy gravy mopped with some hot tandoori rotis would absolutely make their day! bookmarked..
August 5, 2021 at 7:36 am
Thank you so much Kalyani.. and hope your girls love it.
August 5, 2021 at 9:08 am
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.
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.
August 14, 2021 at 10:07 pm
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.
August 15, 2021 at 7:27 pm
Thanks Sapana, mushroom masala for sure tastes good with paratha or naans.
October 29, 2021 at 7:02 pm
We made this recipe today with some tawa roti. The taste was spot on and my family loved it. Mushroom masala was a superhit.
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.