Monday, January 26, 2009

Sauteed Mushrooms with spices and tempered..(A variation of Mushroom Thoran..)

Yesterday it snowed lightly ,but didn't leave any traces and today its all sunny..sunny cold..Today or yesterday(as in India) is the Republic Day of India.I was personally little scared and apprehensive about the oncoming big day of our country,in account to 26/11.Now feel happy that everything went well.We watched mom's n wives of brave martyr's receive Ashok Chakra,with tear brimmed eyes and a proud heart..

Coming to the foodie part of today,am posting yet another mushroom recipe.When we bought some last time,after using a portion for sandwich and also some for a Creamy Mushroom Masala dish,I had a little left in fridge.Was thinking about a different recipe to try out.One noon time,I was too lazy to indulge in elaborate cooking,and wanted some side dish for hot white rice.Seeing the sorry looking mushrooms, lying idly on the corner of the fridge,I decided to try this.Mushrooms are relatively easy to clean and cut,so easy to prepare as well.Sauteed it with some onions and chillies,pepped it with seasoning and fried fresh grated coconut and a surprisingly yummy platter full of goodness was ready.Similar to our Nadan Thoran,it tasted awesome with hot white rice n curd n pickle.It would make a great filling for toasts and tortilla's too..

..And did you know Mushrooms are source of wholesome goodness.All that your body needs is stocked in one serving of Mushrooms..

Yup,without additional ingredients, a serving (5 medium-sized mushrooms) has only about 20 calories, no cholesterol and virtually no fat and sodium.

  • Mushrooms are high in riboflavin, a B-vitamin that promotes healthy skin and good vision.
  • Niacin, another B vitamin found in mushrooms, ensures that the digestive and nervous systems function as they should.
  • Pantothenic acid, also found in mushrooms, is involved in the production of hormones.
  • Mushrooms are an important source of potassium; one medium-sized portabella contains more that a banana.
  • Selenium is an essential mineral that plays an important role in the immune system, the thyroid system, the male reproductive system and cancer prevention; mushrooms are the only produce item that contains significant amounts.
  • Copper, also found in mushrooms, aids iron in its role in making the red blood cells that deliver oxygen to all the cells in the body.
  • Scientists are looking into the role that white mushrooms may play in treating and preventing breast cancer and prostrate cancer.
  • Laboratory studies suggest that a mushroom extract may help prevent heart disease by reducing blood lipids and cholesterol levels.

  • Great no..Alrite..See here for more lovely notes about Mushrooms and be happy..:)


    2 cup Sliced Mushrooms

    1 Cup Sliced Onions

    1 tsp Garlic chopped

    3-4 Green chillies roundly sliced

    1 tsp Red Chilli powder

    1/2 tsp Pepper Powder

    1/2 tsp Garam masala


    1/2 cup fresh Grated Coconut

    1 tsp Mustard Seeds

    2-3 Dried Red Chillies

    A few Curry leaves


    Pour some EVOO and saute the Mushrooms.After it sweats and then gets relatively dry,remove and keep aside

    In the same pan,do the tempering with Mustard seeds and dried chillies and curry leaves.Saute.

    Throw in the Onions and garlic and saute till raw smell of garlic goes..

    If you are using as side dish for rice,add the coconut flakes now and saute till brown.

    Add the mushrooms and Saute.

    After a few minutes,season with all the Masala powders and mix well.

    (For sandwiches,avoid tempering and sprinkle some oregano powder/thyme on the top at last)


    30 Luv'ly people shared their views..:

    Adlak's tiny world said...

    wow lovely varsha... (in both ways i m happy on cing veg dish and a lovely curry for my kids)

    lots of info abt mushrooms?! hm good and useful one...

    Preety said...

    i use mushrooms only as a topping on my pizza or in pastas sometime but this dish sounds fast & easy to cook..will try sometime..

    Anonymous said...

    Mushrooms are great yes dear..can imagine how you had..
    And yes,we too had the complete Rep Day parade.These are definitely the moments of pride which i never give a chance to miss..Now I make it a practice for my lill'one too..she eventhough is 3 and half know complete national anthem and she was there giving salute hearing anthem in Television..

    Usha said...

    Wow fantastic fusion, looks delicious, I just made mushroom curry but with gravy , had I seen your version earlier I would have tried this...looks yum !

    Vij said...

    Wow! looks so lovely. Nice post. Thanks for sharing. Yummy one varsha! :-)

    vidhas said...

    Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing lots of information about mushroom.

    sowmya said...

    never tried such lovely things with going to buy soon and try this one..sounds good..

    aquadaze said...

    sounds delicious varsha! and great info on mushrooms :)

    RAKS KITCHEN said...

    I dont cook mushroom at home,only eat in restaurants,think its time to buy some!

    Happy cook said...

    I love mushrooms and this looks spicy dleicious.

    anudivya said...

    Looks lovely varsha... are they cripsy?

    Mushrooms Canada said...

    Great recipe! The photo is very colourful. Mushrooms certainly do contain a lot of goodness. But there is also something they don't contain a lot of, and that is fat a calories, making them the perfect choice for weight management. Mushrooms are also the only vegetable source of Vitamin D. A 100g serving of fresh white button mushrooms contains approx. 5% of your daily requirement of the sunshine vitamin. Just another great reason to include mushrooms in your diet.
    - Brittany

    Viki Xavier. said...

    Mushrooms are always yummy . yours look divine.

    Cham said...

    Love Mushroom but ur curry is quiet different and interesting!

    Asha said...

    Good to see at FH again, Varsha. I took a looong break too, just came back blogging 3 weeks back or so.

    Oh, I love Thoran. After I made that dish for RCI Kearal, it has become my favorite. Mushroom Thoran looks yummy! :))

    AnuSriram said...

    That looks lovely... Nice picture!

    Superchef said...

    nice variation of mushroom thoran!

    sriharivatsan said...

    First time here i think, Lovely curry with mushrooms, looks yummy..

    Vibaas said...

    looks very yummy and tempting, dear

    Vij said...

    Trail back girl I have somethin for you in my blo

    Shama Nagarajan said...

    hai varsha.....its been a long time since i had mushroom......urs inviting me....lovely

    Shama Nagarajan said...

    yummy mushrooms

    Nithya Praveen said...

    Hey not a great mushroom fan,but i really liked the way the dish looks.Very appealing:)

    Shreya said...

    i have never cooked with mushrooms at home:-( I have to try this, such a nice recipe!

    Varsha Vipins said...

    Thanks Hemakka..Glad that u liked..:)

    Thanks Preety..Give this a try n leme know how u liked it..:)

    Thanks Ann..So sweet to hear abt ur cutie..:)

    Try it with a new batch Usha dear..:)

    Thanks Vij..:)

    Thanks Vidhas..:)

    Thanks Aquadaze..:)

    Yup..its the time Raks..:)

    Varsha Vipins said...

    Thanks Happy..

    Divya..As I haven't fried the mushrooms much,they are not very crispy..but you can do that..Also the onions n crunchu coconut flakes give an overall air of crispiness to the dish..

    Brittany..Thanks fro the load of info n visit..:)

    Thanks lot Viki..:)

    Thanks Cham..xactly not a curry..dry side dish..:)

    Good to see u here Asha..Welcum after the break..:)

    Varsha Vipins said...

    Thanks Anu..:)

    Thanks Manju..:)

    Thanks for the visit n comment SriHarivatsan..Pls be around..:)

    Thanks Vibas,Vij,Shama,Nithya n Shreya..:Glad to know u all found the dish appealing..:)

    Urs....Jina said...

    I tried it out..I genrally dont like mushrooms..but i loved this one..I can whip it up easily in the mornings to pack n send..:)

    athey..wats this evoo thingie??

    Varsha Vipins said...

    Thanks Jina..:)..Evoo is extra virgin olive oil..just to make it flavorful n give anItalian twist while using for sandwiches n all..for nadan thoran..coconut oil is the best..!

    Urs....Jina said...

    ho..thankoo..athanalley ee saadanam..athoru kuppi pottikkathey ente cupboard il irikkan thudangittu naalu kureyaayi..ini areekshichekkam

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