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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Kaalan Kulambu/ Mushroom Gravy

I am visiting Uzhvar Sandhai often and I am so happy to see all the fresh vegetables out there. I never miss a chance to buy the fresh green peas. There is also a vendor who sells mushroom and hot mushroom soup. We usually have a cup of the soup and when returning back will buy a pack of the fresh button mushrooms. I am really enjoying these trips and hubby had to forcibly move me away from the stalls. If not I will end up with two bags full of vegetables. Kaalan/ Mushroom is a favourite of hubby. I usually try to make many dishes with mushrooms and one of the dish is this gravy. This has a paste which is coconut based and this goes well with chapathi, paratha, parotta, idli, dosas and rice. I paired it up with fresh green peas from the sandhai and it was such a great combination for the Pudina chapathi I made for breakfast. 

Button Mushrooms-200 gm
Green Peas-1 cup
Pudina Powder-1 tbs (please click on the link for the preparation of pudina powder)
Turmeric Powder-1/2 tsp
Red Chilly Powder-1 tsp
Coriander Powder-1 tsp
Salt-to taste
Oil-3 tbs
Cinnamon-a small stick
Star Anise-1
Black Cardamom-1
Coriander Leaves-4 tbs ( finely Chopped)

For The Paste:
Grated Coconut-1/2 cup
Garlic-5 pods
Ginger- a small piece

1. Grind coconut, garlic and ginger to a paste.
2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the spices.
3. When they crackle, add chopped onions.
4. Saute until golden.
5. Add finely chopped tomatoes, pudina powder , turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder and saute until it is cooked. 
6. Add the green peas and mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes.
7. Add the paste and enough water to make the gravy.
8. Pressure cook the gravy for 5 minutes.
9. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves.
10. Serve hot along with any flat bread or rice or dosa.


  1. Best Combo with chapathis. Looks very tempting.

  2. Mushroom is my all time favourite , I can eat them in any version.. Yummy and thick gravy..

  3. Looks very yummy. How to prepare pudina powder?

    1. Please check the link for preparation of pudina powder. http://gayathriskitchenbasics.blogspot.in/2013/01/homemade-dried-mint-pudina.html

  4. lovely dip for chappathi :) simple and flavorful

  5. delicious and yummy mushroom and peas gravy

  6. Nice side dish for roti... or paratha... lovely lovely.

  7. Looks delicious n awesome. Lovely clicks.

  8. Gravy looks rich n yum!!! But sadly, my people @ home don't prefer Mushrooms!!! :(

  9. veyr tongue tickling and aromatic!!! delicious curry!!!
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