Chettinad Mushroom Masala Recipe
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: South Indian
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Serves: 4 to 5
Chettinad Mushroom Masala with step wise photos.
  • Mushrooms - 200 gms
  • Shallots - 50 gms
  • Tomato - 2
  • Green chilies - 2
  • Garlic - 6 pods
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Kalpaasi - 2 pinch
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
For the Chettinad Masala Powder:
  • Coriander seeds - 1/2 tbsp
  • Whole dry red chili - 3 to 4
  • Black pepper corn - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
  • Cloves - 3
  • Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
  • Coconut, grated - 1/4 cup
For the Onion Paste:
  • Onion - 2
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 pinch
  1. Wash, pat dry Mushrooms. Quarter each mushroom and set aside.
  2. Chop the shallots, garlic and tomatoes finely.
  3. Cut the onion into juliennes for the paste.
  4. Slit the green chillies.
For the Chettinad Masala Powder:
  1. Heat a pan and add all the ingredients for the powder, except poppy seeds and grated coconut.
  2. Dry roast till the aroma arises over low flame. Switch off the stove.
  3. Add grated coconut and poppy seeds now and let both gets roasted in the heat of the pan itself.
  4. Let it cool completely. Transfer to a mixie jar and powder finely or coarsely and set aside.
For the Onion Paste:
  1. Heat a pan with oil. Add onions, 1 pinch salt and let it cook till it browns. Take off stove and let it cool down completely.
  2. Transfer to a mixie jar and grind to a smooth paste without adding any water. Set aside.
To make Chettinad Mushroom Masala:
  1. Heat a pan. Add oil and temper with mustard seeds and let it crackle.
  2. Add fennel seeds, kalpaasi, bay leaf and let the aroma rise. Add garlic and saute till it changes color.
  3. Add shallots, green chili and saute till it softens and changes color.
  4. Add onion paste, mix well and let it cook over low flame till it absorbs all the oil.
  5. Add tomatoes and cook till it becomes mushy and they all come together.
  6. Add mushrooms and cook till it wilts, softens and mixes well with the gravy.
  7. Add turmeric powder, freshly ground chettinad masala powder, salt and mix well.
  8. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup water, mix well, close the pan with a lid and let it cook over low flame for 3 to 4 mins.
  9. The powder has to mix well with the masala, the raw smell has to go and the aroma of the cooked masala must begin to come.
  10. Switch off flame. Tear the curry leaves roughly and sprinkle over the masala, mix and close the pan with a lid. Let it sit for 5 mins to all the flavors to merge well.
  11. Serve this spicy Chettinad Mushroom Masala with Chapathis or Naans.
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