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How to make vegetable puff | Indian Veg Puff Recipe | Vegetable Puffs Recipe | Veg Curry Puffs Recipe [Video]


Vegetable Puff Recipe with step by step video instructions. Vegetable Puffs are a popular Indian bakery snacks made by filling sheets of puff pastry with a spicy potato and mix vegetable mash. Vegetable Puff or Pattis are perfect for a tea time snack.

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Indian vegetable puff

Vegetable Puffs or Pattis, as I knew them throughout my childhood, have always been a favorite tea time snack. Layers of crispy flaky puff pastry that crumbled as you ate them, filled with a spicy veg filling, mainly potato. 

Veg Puffs are also so easy to carry that they are almost the most popular food on the walk for me. I used to buy them all the time when I was in college and eat them on the bus on my way home. 

What are Vegetable Puffs?


Vegetable Puffs or Veg Puff or Veg Pattis are a very popular savory bakery snack sold in India. They are very similar to curry puffs that you may find in South Asia but vegetarian. A spicy filling of potato and mix vegetables are sealed in puff pastry sheets and baked until golden. These are a popular evening snack.

While I loved eating them, until a few years ago, I didn't attempt to bake them myself. The reason? the extremely complicated recipe for the puff pastry. I mean you have the rough puff and the traditional puff pastry. The rough puff pastry, while works out perfectly for pies, doesn't really work for our bakery-style puffs. And the traditional one, well I attempted it. I laminated the butter and dough and went through the whole shebang. The resulting puff tasted nothing like the bakery puff. My sister just rolled her eyes saying it tasted too buttery for her liking. Although I hate to admit it, it was true. That puff pastry would have tasted amazing with something sweet like a chocolate puff or something, but for savory, the butter just took over. And I may have messed up somewhere because it never got the nice golden color and the pastry became way flakier than I would have liked. 

Indian vegetable puff

Indian vegetable puff

Bakery style Puffs....

A few years ago I visited my cousin who had taken up the running of a bakery on contract. He had a cook who would make the pastry and bake the final puffs, while my aunt made the filling. So this recipe of the filling is actually courtesy of her. I would have never thought of adding in the mint leaves, but she did and it tasted amazing. I left it as optional since most bakeries do not add it, but it does taste really good with it. 

Regarding the puff pastry, the cook used vanaspati or dalda (hydrogenated vegetable oil). All bakeries use vanaspati in their puffs, it makes them crispier and is much easier to use as it doesn't melt at room temperature. While it makes the puffs vegan and much easier to make, vanaspati is not good for health.

So in this recipe, we followed the exact same process as that of the bakery, but replaced the vanaspati with butter. This makes the puffs crispy without an oily feeling. While it is not the healthiest recipe around with all that butter in there, it is definitely better for you than the vanaspati. 

Some tips and details

  • Use a good quality unsalted butter as this is the taste that will come through in your puff pastry.
  • Adding sugar in the dough helps with the color. If you are avoiding sugar, you can skip it, but the puffs will be paler to the eye. You can also brush the puff with milk before baking for more color.
  • 3 folds is the common way of making puff pastry. Any more than that may lead to a very dense pastry that may not rise well.
  • I sealed the puff a little away from the edge and very gently. This allowed the edges to expand into separate layers. If you seal the edge, the pastry will still taste the same, but may not be visually very appealing.
  • The first time I baked the puffs, I made the pastry a week ago and froze it. This puff had more well defined layers as compared to the one I made on the same day. It still tasted great.
  • The puffs can be filled with anything you like, the filling recipe here is only one of the many. Feel free to be creative with it.
  • If you need to bake in batches, store the remaining puffs in the fridge until the first batch bakes.
Indian vegetable puff



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How to make vegetable puff | Indian Veg Puff Recipe | Vegetable Puffs Recipe | Veg Curry Puffs Recipe


Indian vegetable puff Vegetable Puffs are baked Indian puff pastry parcels stuffed with a spicy vegetable mix. These veg puffs are stuffed with a spicy mix of boiled potatoes, carrots and green peas. This recipe also shows how to make the puff pastry from scratch.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     3 hours
Cook time:     45 minutes
Total time:     6 minutes
Yield:                Makes 8 Puffs


Ingredients:


For the Puff Pastry:


3 cups Maida / All Purporse Flour
190gms unsalted Butter
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Sugar
0.5 Lime
1 cup cool Water

For the filling:


3 large Potatoes, boiled and peeled
1 Carrot, diced small
0.5 Green Peas, fresh or frozen
4-5 Garlic cloves
1 Tbsp Ginger, chopped
1-2 Green Chillies
Handful of mint leaves / pudina (Optional)
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
2-3 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

Method:


To make the puff pastry:


1. Squeeze the lime in the cool water.
2. To make the dough for the puff pastry, take 2 cups of the flour in a large bowl and add 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp salt to it. We will use the remaining 1 cup of flour for dusting while rolling.
3. Add in 40 gms of the unsalted butter and with your fingers mix it in until the flour appears sandy.
4. Now add the cool water little by little and knead to a soft and smooth dough.
5. Make a few slits in the dough with a sharp knife and cover and rest for 20-30 minutes.
6. After resting, dust the counter with dry flour and place the dough on it. Roll the dough into a rectangle as thin as possible. Use dry flour for dusting as required.
7. Take 50 gms of unsalted butter and apply it in a thin layer to 2/3rd of the rolled dough.
8. Sprinkle some dry flour on the butter. This helps make the layers.
9. Now gently fold the non-buttered 1/3rd dough onto the buttered dough. Now fold the other end to complete the letter fold. For clearer instructions on folding, refer to the video.
10. Take a baking sheet and sprinkle some dry flour on it and place the folded dough. Cover with a moist cloth and cool it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
11. After 30 minutes, move the dough from the baking sheet to a dusted surface and roll it out again.
12. Repeat steps 7,8,9 and 10. This is the second fold. We will do one more similar roll and fold process.
13. After 30 minutes, repeat the same steps 7 to 9 for the third time.
14. At this point you can choose to freeze the puff pastry if using later. To freeze the puff pastry, wrap it in a plastic wrap and freeze it without folding. If you are planning to make it fresh, then repeat step 10 and continue to make the filling in the meanwhile.
15. If you are using frozen puff pastry sheet, then on the day of making the puff, remove the sheet from the freezer and keep it on the counter 45mins to 1 hour before you plan to bake. You want the dough to be pliable but the butter to still be cold. You can make the filling while the dough thaws.

To make the filling:


16. To make the vegetable filling, grind together the mint leaves (optional), ginger, garlic and green chillies into a paste.
17. Heat oil in a kadhai and add in the mustard seeds.
18. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add in the finely chopped onion and fry until the onions are golden.
19. Add the green peas and diced carrots. Fry until cooked.
20. Add the paste made earlier and saute until fragrant.
21. Add in turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
22. Coarsely mash the boiled potato and add to the kadhai.
23. You can add garam masala for a spicy filling.
24. Keep aside the filling to cool to room temperature.

To make the puff:


25. Once the filling has cooled, roll out the dough on a surface dusted with dry flour.
26. Dust off the excess flour on the dough with a brush.
27. Cut the dough into 8 equal rectangular pieces.
28. Add a spoonful of filling in each rectangle in the center.
29. Wet your finger with water and lightly apply water along the shorter end of the piece.
30. Fold the pastry sheet to seal the puff. Very gently press a little away from the edges to seal . Do not crimp the edges if you want the layers to puff up and separate.
31. Preheat the oven to 220 degree C. Bake the puffs for 20 minutes or until the puffs are golden.
32. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.




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Bangarpet Pani Puri Recipe | Bangarpet Chats Recipe | How to make clear pani puri [Video]


Bangarpet Pani Puri Recipe with step by step video instructions. Bangarpet is a small town on the outskirts of Bangalore that is famous for its spicy pani puri which is transparent or clear. Bangarpet Pani Puri is a pani puri stuffed with boiled green peas and filled with a clear spicy and sour pani.

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Bangarpet Pani Puri

To be honest, we are nuts over Pani Puri in this house. We can eat it for lunch / dinner and wipe off a hundred in one sitting together. And we are hard core, no meetha pani (sweet water) people. 

My love for Pani Puri probably comes from my dad. Seeing him eat puri upon puri obviously tempted me to try some and I was hooked. Imagine marrying a guy who loves Pani Puri even more than I do. As I said, nuts!

Before moving to Bangalore, I only knew of one Pani Puri, the regular pudina pani one. You can check out that recipe here. It's a classic and definitely the ultimate favorite.

But in Bangalore, I saw several "Bangarpet Chat" shops that seemed to serve a different variety. 

Bangarpet Pani Puri

What is Bangarpet Pani Puri?

Bangarpet is a town on the outskirts of Bangalore that is famous for it's unique pani puri. The Pani, unlike all others, is clear or transparent and is very very hot / spicy. It almost tricks you into thinking it is plain water and then the spice hits you right up your nose. It is an experience you must have if you ever spot a Bangarpet Chat shop. 

I attempted this several times and have now almost settled on a recipe that tastes similar to the one sold near our house, but with heat levels that we can tolerate without having a heartburn. 

The shop near my house does a Sunday special, something you can attempt once you have the base recipe mastered. They add fruit squashes and vegetable soups to the pani and have flavored panis like grape, pineapple and tomato. Definitely worth a try, but the original is the best, as always.

How is the Pani clear / transparent?


This is really the question isn't it? The simple answer is citric acid and seeping rather than grinding.

Also, sometimes, alum.

I avoid ingredients I have no idea about, so alum was out in my case. It left my pani with a very slight beige tinge, that I could live with. When served in individual quantities, that tinge isn't visible, so all's well here.

The making of the pani begins by lightly pounding ginger, garlic, cinnamon, clove and green chillies and letting them seep for a few hours or overnight in hot water. You can also tie this in a muslin cloth pouch for a better color, or rather, less color. Citric acid crystals are added for acidity instead of lemon juice or tamarind. This ensures the water is clear. 

I added chopped coriander too, you can skip it, it doesn't alter the taste too much. 

The water is sieved and the solids are kept aside. Adjust the salt and/or sourness and your Bangarpet Pani is ready.

The solids that we had seeped are ground and used to make the green peas stuffing for the puris. You can also use it in any curry.

Bangarpet Pani Puri




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Bangarpet Pani Puri Recipe | Bangarpet Chats Recipe | How to make clear pani puri


Bangarpet Pani PuriBangarpet Pani Puri is a famous pani puri from the small town of Bangarpet near Bangalore. The pani is super spicy and clear and the puris are stuffed with green peas.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:            Karnataka
Prep Time:     8 hours
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     8 hours 30 minutes
Yield:                Makes 100 Pani Puris


Ingredients:


For the clear Pani:


2 Cloves
1" Cinnamon
2-3 Green Chillies
2 Tbsp Ginger, chopped
10-12 Garlic cloves
1 tsp Citric Acid crystals
0.5 tsp Black Salt
1 litre hot Water
Salt to taste

For the green peas filling:


1 cup dried Green peas
Salt to taste

To assemble the Pani Puri:


100 Puris
1 large Carrot, grated
1 large Onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 cup Sev (Optional)

Method:


1. Wash and soak the dried green peas in water overnight.
2. Coarsely pound the ginger, garlic and green chillies together.
3. Take 1 litre of hot water in a steel tumbler and add the pounded mixture, black salt and citric acid crystals.
4. Keep the water aside for 2 hours at room temperature or in the fridge overnight, allowing the flavors to seep into the water.
5. Next morning, pressure cook the soaked green peas with 1 tsp of salt.
6. Sieve the pani and keep the ginger-garlic-green chilli mixture aside to use later.
7. Add salt to the pani as per taste. If you want the pani to be sourer, add more citric acid crystals.
8. Blend the ginger-garlic-green chillies into a smooth paste.
9. Heat a pan and add a few spoonfuls of the blended paste and then add the boiled green peas along with 1 cup water used for boiling it and salt.
10. Mash lightly and cook until the water evaporates. Allow to cool to room temperature.
11. Mix together the grated carrot, chopped onions and coriander leaves before assembling.
12. To assemble the pani puri, lightly poke a hole in the puri and stuff it with the green peas, carrot-onion mix, sev and fill with pani just before eating.





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Instant Milk Peda Recipe | Milk Peda Recipe with Condensed Milk | Quick doodh peda recipe [Video]


Instant Milk Peda Recipe | Milk Peda Recipe with Condensed Milk | Quick doodh peda recipe with step by step video instructions. Instant Milk Peda or Doodh Peda is made by combining sweetened condensed milk like mithai mate or milkmaid and milk powder and cooking them on low heat to make instant khova. Pedas are flavored with cardamom, shaped and topped with nuts. Instant milk peda is perfect for festivals like diwali or when you want a quick dessert. This recipe is gluten free and suits a Jain diet.

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milk peda made from milk powder and condensed milk

Milk Pedas are one of the easiest of Indian sweets, especially with THIS recipe.

You know that time, when you had a nice spicy dinner, and then get this sudden sweet craving, but it's already late and you are so cozily dressed up in your pajamas. And you are torn between changing and driving to the nearest sweet mart or trying to suppress that craving. You don't need to anymore, not with this recipe. 

The scene I just described above, is something I experience almost every couple of weeks. And most of the times laziness wins, I hate changing and going out after 10pm. So I mostly settle for maybe a biscuit or when I am in a good healthy-diet sort of mind, a couple of dates or raisins. But mostly, I'm still thinking of delicious desserts in my head. 

So when you aren't freezing brownies for such nights, give this peda recipe a try and I assure you it won't disappoint. In fact, it is so easy, a 12-year-old can make it, so feel free to delegate this to the little chefs at home. My sister actually won a cooking contest in school making this on an old kerosene stove, so you can guess how simple and tasty it really is. 

Instant Milk Peda is made from just a handful of ingredients - ghee, condensed milk, milk powder, cardamom powder and nuts.

milk peda made from milk powder and condensed milk

Notes to make the perfect Pedas

Not that you need too many pointers, but I did somehow manage to mess up this recipe once, so I thought I'd rather share the experience.

  • When I say 5-6 minutes of cooking, I mean it. Unfortunately, the first time I made the pedas, I went by look and feel rather than timing. I ended up with very chewy pedas, almost like a 5-star or caramel candy if you know. Not a pleasant experience for my jaws. So although the mixture looks runny and sticky after 6 minutes, don't cook it too long. At the maximum, based on the heat, you may need 1-2 minutes more. The pedas will harden and set as they cool, so don't worry.
  • What if my advice above failed and you actually undercooked it. Don't worry, put the mix back on the stove and maybe cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • What if you totally missed my advice and overcooked it. Well, at least now you know how strong your jaws are. But don't worry, I actually managed to get this working too. Keep the pedas in the fridge overnight. In the morning, remove them and keep them on the counter and allow them to come to room temperature. Somehow this magically fixed the texture in my case. So it is worth a try, don't you agree?
Also, you can top the pedas with any nuts or no nuts at all. I like almonds and pista, so that is what I used.

Flavoring too is your choice. The traditional flavoring for most Indian sweets is cardamom and I stuck with it. You can use saffron, rose, or kewra too. I've tried the rose and it rocks.

Oh and also, since I'm posting this so close to Diwali, have a happy and safe one. 

I have a Diwali playlist on YouTube, that may interest you too, check it out here.

milk peda made from milk powder and condensed milk

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Instant Milk Peda Recipe | Quick Doodh Peda | Milk Peda with Condensed Milk


milk peda made from milk powder and condensed milk Instant Milk Peda or Doodh Peda an Indian fudge type of dessert / sweet that is made by combining sweetened condensed milk like mithai mate or milkmaid and milk powder and cooking them on low heat. Pedas are flavored with cardamom, shaped and topped with nuts. Instant milk peda is perfect for festivals like diwali or when you want a quick dessert. This recipe is gluten free and suits a Jain diet.

Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     10 hours
Cook time:     10 minutes
Total time:     20 minutes
Yield:                25


Ingredients:


400gms Sweetened Condensed Milk
1.5 cup Milk Powder or Dairy Whitener
8-10 Green Cardamom
1 Tbsp Ghee
3 Tbsp chopped nuts like Almonds and Pistachios

Method:


1. Peel the cardamom and crush the seeds into a powder. Add 1 tsp sugar to help you pound it into a powder.
2. In a non stick pan, add the ghee, condensed milk and the milk powder.
3. Mix well.
4. Cook the mixture on low heat while stirring constantly to prevent the mix from burning.
5. Continue to cook for 5-6 minutes or until the mix comes together as one mass.
6. Add cardamom powder and mix well.
7. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl or a plate. The mix will look sticky, but don’t be tempted to cook it more. The pedas will become chewy if overcooked.
8. As the mix cools, it will begin to harden and set.
9. Grease your hands with ghee and take a spoonful of the mix while still warm and shape into pedas.
10. Top with chopped nuts and gently press so that they stick to the peda.
11. Cool completely before serving.
12. Pedas can be stored at room temperature for 1-2 days, after which they are best stored in the fridge. Do not store them for over 5-7 days.




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Batata Vada Recipe | Alugadde Bonda Recipe [Video]


Batata Vada Recipe with step by step video instructions. Batata Vada or Alugadde Bonda are a popular deep fried snack from India. Spiced mashed potato is dipped in a batter of besan or chickpea flour and deep fried. Batata Vada is stuffed inside a pav bread to make the famous street food Vada Pav. Batata Vada is vegan and gluten free.

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batata vada recipe, alugadde bonda recipe, aloo chop recipe

I had batata vada almost every day for a long time until the pandemic hit. Literally every day!!

It was my usual evening snack. I had a routine - get down from my cab, buy a mix of pakodas/bondas (usually, batata vada, masala vada and may be a mirchi vada) and enjoy those with tea while watching something on YouTube. It was my "me" time. Those 15-20 minutes were what relaxed me enough to take on the evening.

Now with no access to the bonda cart and the cravings rising, I had to make them at home. And boy, am I glad to be reunited with one of my favorites. And the day I made these, it rained, it poured.

Happy Days!!

I mean everyone knows, when it rains, you are obligated to have something fried along with your hot cuppa caffeine. And this time, we enjoyed it with these delicious batata vadas.

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The details...


Batata Vada, is thought to have originated in the state of Maharashtra, but is now equally popular all over the country. The Batata Vada forms the "Vada" of Mumbai's favorite street snack - the Vada Pav. If you'd like to make amazingly pillowy soft pav, you can follow our recipe for pav here.

The good thing about batata vada is that you can prep it in advance, so much in advance. And even on the day you are making it, it is very less effort. There are essentially just 5 steps

  • Boil potatoes
  • Make the stuffing
  • Make the batter
  • Dip the stuffing in the batter
  • Deep fry
You can make the stuffing and store it in the fridge until you are ready to fry. The batter is a simple matter of mixing besan (gram flour / chickpea flour) with a handful of readily available pantry spices like turmeric powder and red chilli powder and salt. A pinch of baking soda makes the coating thick. If you are not fond of the thick coating, don't add the baking soda and make the batter a little thin. 

And don't worry if you mess up the batter, it is SO easy to fix it. If the batter is too thick - add a little water to thin it down. If you added too much water in the batter, add in more flour and adjust the spices as required. If you made too much batter, you can either dip other vegetables and fry to make mixed pakodas or you can also use it to make Vegan Omelet, or Tomato Omelet.

Deep fry in hot oil so that the vadas soak up less oil.

Always serve the vadas hot. Always!!

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Batata Vada Recipe | Alugadde Bonda Recipe


batata vada recipe, alugadde bonda recipe, aloo chop recipeBatata Vada or Alugadde Bonda are a popular deep fried snack from India. Spiced mashed potato is dipped in a batter of besan or chickpea flour and deep fried. Batata Vada is stuffed inside a pav bread to make the famous street food Vada Pav. Batata Vada is vegan and gluten free.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Total time:     35 minutes
Yield:                12 to 14


Ingredients:



For the potato stuffing:


8-10 boiled Potatoes (750 gms)
2-3 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 Green chillies, finely chopped
1 Tbsp crushed Ginger Garlic or Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
0.25 tsp Asafoetida or Hing (Optional)
Curry leaves
Salt to taste

For the besan batter for coating:


1 cup Besan (Chickpea flour)
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.25 tsp Baking Soda
Salt to taste
0.5 to 0.75 cups of Water

Method:


1. To make the besan batter for coating, add all the ingredients except water to a large bowl. Slowly add the water while whisking with a fork or a whisk until smooth. The amount of water you add determines the thickness of the coating, so for a thick coating, add less water. For a thinner coating add more water. 
2. To make the stuffing, peel the boiled potatoes and roughly mash them. There should still be chunks in it. Don't mash it until smooth.
3. Heat oil in a kadhai and add the mustard seeds.
4. Once they splutter, add the hing (if using) and the curry leaves.
5. Then add the crushed ginger garlic or ginger-garlic paste and green chillies. Saute until fragrant.
6. Add the turmeric powder (haldi) and mix well. 
7. Add the mashed potatoes and salt and mix well until the potatoes are coated with the turmeric powder.
9. Turn off the heat and add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and remove to a large bowl. Set aside until it is cool enough to handle.
10. Once the stuffing is cool, make balls out of it. The size can vary from that of lime to a tomato. 
11. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadhai or deep pan.
12. To check if the oil is hot, add a small piece of potato to it, if it rises immediately, the oil is hot.
13. Dip the stuffing potato ball into the besan batter and add to the oil carefully. Do not crowd the kadhai. 
14. Once the lower side is cooked and set, gently flip the vadas in the oil.
15. Fry until the vada is completely cooked. Stir the vadas occasionally to cook them evenly.
16. Once golden brown, remove the vadas to an absorbant paper.
17. Serve the batata vadas while hot with ketchup or chutney.





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Kadhai Mushroom Recipe [Video]


Kadhai Mushroom Recipe with step by step video instructions. Kadhai Mushroom is a spicy vegan curry made with mushrooms, capsicum and onions in a tomato based gravy. Kadhai Mushroom can be made either into a dry/semi-dry curry or into a curry with gravy. Kadhai Mushroom is vegan, gluten free and fits a plant based diet.

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Kadhai Mushroom curry with capsicum and onions


I love Mushrooms. It is the meat for vegetarians with loads of umami in it. There is seriously no other veggie that provides that elusive 5th taste that our beloved MasterChef Australia judges talk about.
Btw, are you watching the 12th season? The back to win series with the new jury? I'm completely hooked on.

What is Kadhai Mushroom?


Kadhai is literal terms is an Indian wok or the little vessel you see in my photos. That is a kadhai. So Kadhai Mushroom just translates literally to mushroom cooked in a wok. But as a dish, it is so much more than just that.

Kadhai Mushroom is a spicy melee of mushrooms, capsicum and onions simmered in a freshly ground masala that is so fragrant and a bit of tomato puree for that tartness and body for the curry.

This is probably one of the only curries where I don't substitute the masala with my Garam Masala. It just doesn't taste the same. The fresh masala adds so much flavor that it is almost a sin to substitute it with any store bough mixed spice powder. So I highly recommend making your own spice blend, just for this, and maybe then using it for myriad other curries. 

Kadhai Mushroom can either be a dry or a semi dry curry or it can be a curry with gravy. Every restaurant serves it differently and so can you.

Kadhai Mushroom curry with capsicum and onions

The details...


Kadhai Mushroom is probably one of the easiest curries to make. To make Kadhai Mushroom, toast the whole spices - coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom, black cardamom, bay leaf, cloves and pepper. Toasting on low heat makes the spices release their oils and makes them more fragrant. Toast the dry red chillies, if using. This can be substituted with red chilli powder or with paprika without affecting the flavor and there is no need to toast it either. Once everything has cooled, make a quick powder.

Next, saute the mushrooms and keep them aside until later. If you don't have the time to do this, just toss them into the curry later and allow them to cook in the masala.

The onions and capsicum are cut into large chunks. This is meant to be a chunky curry. They are sauteed along with ginger garlic paste until they are cooked slightly. Do not overcook the capsicum, it is meant to retain the crunchiness.

Then the tomato puree, turmeric, salt and masala is added along with desired amount of water and the curry is simmered for a few minutes. The mushrooms are added at the end and given a quick stir.

The kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves provide an additional salty bitter fragrance that goes superbly with the curry.

Kadhai Mushroom can be served as a side with roti or naan bread or even with rice.

Kadhai Mushroom curry with capsicum and onions

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Kadhai Mushroom Recipe


Kadhai Mushroom curry with capsicum and onionsKadhai Mushroom is a spicy vegan curry made with mushrooms, capsicum and onions in a tomato-based gravy. Kadhai Mushroom can be made either into a dry or semi-dry curry or into a curry with gravy. Kadhai Mushroom is vegan, gluten free and fits a plant based diet.

Recipe Type:  Curry
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     40 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2


Ingredients:


200gms Mushrooms
1 Capsicum
1 Onion
1 cup Tomato Puree
1 Tbsp crushed Ginger-Garlic
1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
3-4 dry Red Chillies or 1-2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Black Pepper
2 Green Cardamom
2 Cloves
1 Black Cardamom
2 Bay leaves
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Kasuri Methi
4 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


1. In a kadhai or pan, dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom, black cardamom, 1 bay leaf, cloves, dry red chillies and black pepper for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool, grind to a fine powder.
2. Cut the onions into petals and chop the capsicum into large chunks. Halve the mushrooms.
3. In the same kadhai heat 1-2 Tbsp oil and saute the halved mushrooms until cooked. Remove from heat and keep aside.
4. Add the remaining oil and add the onions, crushed ginger garlic and 1 bay leaf and saute until the onions are slightly soft.
5. Add the capsicum and fry until the capsicum is slightly browned.
6. Add the tomato puree, turmeric powder, ground masala, red chilli powder if using, salt and saute on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
7. Add water as desired, and simmer for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
8. Add the mushroom and mix well.
9. Top with kasuri methi and mix well.
10. Serve hot with roti and rice.





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