Sunday, July 6, 2008

Mushroom Podi Pirattal (Mushroom Fry with Spice Powder)


My hubby being a vegetarian, eating out can be fiddly sometimes. Indian restaurant/fast food is a life-saver many times, but when we are in a mood for fine dining, it becomes really hard to pick a restaurant that has atleast a few vegetarian dishes in the menu. He is not a salad lover too. Though vegetarian soups are an option, he becomes doubtful about the "meat stock" being the base for many soups. With all these restrictions, there are only a very few safe options available, like Cheese Ravioli, Grilled mushroom burgers, Veggie Pizzas etc. At these times, I keep teasing him that now is the time for him to get converted to a non-vegetarian, but hasn't worked so far ;-) Mushrooms are his much preferred choice and he is comfortable with any entree that has mushrooms in any form, be it grilled or roasted or baked. Back in India, mushrooms weren't a familiar food for us, and I've hardly tasted them before coming here. It was available only in special stores and no one had the anxiety to go buy and cook it.

After trying out some interesting mushroom recipes at restaurants here, I started cooking mushrooms frequently at home by applying some Indian touch to it like Mushroom Soup, Mushroom Briyani, Mushroom Kurma etc. All these are recently adopted dishes from various sources and are wonderful dishes that anyone can enjoy! Nowadays, mushrooms are becoming another staple food in our diet. This is one such fabulous mushroom dish that my Mother-in-law told me after watching it in a cooking show. In fact, she shares new recipes everyday with me after watching the TV shows! I pick to try the recipes that sound yummy and new to me. Last week when she told about this recipe, it sounded interesting to me as its made of idli podi and I sure wanted to try this soon. After a few relaxing days in our long weekend, I decided to try this today and it didn't disappoint me. It was yummy, and moreover uses very simple ingredients and quick to make too! I called her immediately and told her how tasty it came out :)

Before going to the recipe, its time to share my excitement! I've been showered with awards lately and I'm in the seventh heaven now! I received the awards from four of my dear fellow bloggers on the same day! Its such an ecstasy to receive the "Blogging with a Purpose" award
from Rekha, Srilekha, Vani and JZ!

I also received the "Yum Yum Blog" award from my dear friends Ramya and Srilekha. Thanks so much to all of you for sharing your awards with me :) I will soon pass these awards..


Ingredients:

  • Sliced Mushrooms (button) - 1 cup
  • Gram Flour(Besan) - 1 tbsp
  • Rice Flour - 1/2 tbsp
  • Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Onions - 1/2 cup (Chopped)
  • Idli Podi - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Corriander leaves - a hand full
  • Oil for deep frying
Procedure:
  • Mix the sliced mushrooms, gram flour, rice flour, chilli powder and salt along with some water. Be little cautious in adding water. Start by sprinkling some water then mixing, and repeat this until the flours are well blended with mushrooms. Should NOT be watery like bajji batter.
  • Deep fry this in oil in batches and set aside on a paper napkin to let the oil drain.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, season with fennel seeds and fry the onions, curry leaves until the onions turn light brown.
  • Add the mushrooms, Idli podi and fry well in medium heat for 5 mins.
  • Finally add chopped corriander leaves and fry for a min. Remove from heat.
We enjoy this with a mixed rice dish like veg briyani or pulao.

28 comments:

Laavanya said...

This looks fabulous Sujatha.. the podis must be such a nice touch and I'm always on the lookout for new mushroom recipes. Have bookmarked this. Will let you know when I try it out.

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo..great recipe adding idli podi with mushrroms...superb

Andhra Flavors said...

good twist adding idly podi.

TBC said...

That sounds good to me, a mushroom hater!:D
I like the idli podi and besan addition. Nice!

delhibelle said...

Looks absolutely lip smacking!

Ramya Bala said...

vah...superb recipe pa...bookmarked...u really have a good recipe collection :)

Sunshinemom said...

Very nice recipe - remixed? I have some mushrooms in the fridge to try on:)

rekhas kitchen said...

oohoo sujatha one more different recipe with mushrooms great Ihave some Iam going to try it

Sireesha said...

Very nice rcipie sounds intresting......

Indranee said...

It looks like it's mushroom mania among all the bloggers:)I read so many recipes with them...got to give this one a try too. Thanks for the recipe Sujatha!

Blog said...

OMG... mushroom everywhere.... yours look stunning.... what a colour:)

Mrs.SriLekha said...

superb dish suji.. tempting me to eat more.. surely will try once with veg briyani

notyet100 said...

wow,,,this is somethin different...have one more topost,..will post soon,,,

SMN said...

new recipe for me.. must be tasting good

Asha said...

Love your recipes, will come back and go thru' later. Pirattal looks delicious!:)

kamala said...

This is new to me.My daughter is a mushroom lover so I try this soon Sujatha..Looks delicious

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

that looks good .. my hubby loves it too .. will try it out

Laavanya said...

Can you please mail me at cookerycorner@gmail.com so I can send you the bread roll recipe. Thanks.

Shreya said...

Another awesome mushroom recipe!:-) Thanks, and wonderful blog to be browsing around...love it.

Jeena said...

Delicious mushrooms Sujatha, everytime I click onto your site I feel like grabbing my spoon to have a taste of the recipe. This looks and sounds so yummy!

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

i have something for you on my blog...

wow, love the mushroom curry.i love mushrooms a lot, but my hus doesnt like its texture! :-(

Uma said...

delicious fry Sujatha! Awesome.

BTW, something is waiting for you at my blog. Pick it up at this address:

http://teluguruchi.blogspot.com/2008/07/mint-pulao.html

Sia said...

very interesting recipe sujatha. i am a mushroom lover too and i cant get enough of it :)
do u have a recipe for idli podi in ur blog? would like to try it soon.

Illatharasi said...

Suja, just wanted to let you know that I have added your blog to my blogroll:)

Sujatha said...

Thanks to all of you for your great comments and encouragement!!!

Asha & Shreya - Welcome! And thanks for stopping by my blog.. :)

JZ & Uma - Thank you so much for passing me the awards!! Thats so nice of you both..

Sia - Thanks for your comments, I don't have the recipe for Idli podi posted in my blog.. Will soon do it.. You can subsitute with MTR's Chutney powder that you get in Indian grocery stores..

Madhavi said...

Awesome entry, looks great, very nice recipe!!!Thanxxx for sharing!!

Sia said...

thanks sujatha... i do have a pack of MTR chutney powder in my pantry :) will use it soon.

Anonymous said...

this recipe turnedout really tasty.no my kids will eat mushroom every time i make them.thanks for sharing