Friday, January 29, 2010

Mushroom Masala




Though we had a quiet start for the year, the days that followed geared us up with travel, shopping, festivals, alumni meets, weddings and the carpentry work at home that seems to be never ending; the repeated seasonal viral infections making the matters worse.

So back to my kitchen lab, with minimal stock of vegetables in the crisper, I resorted to make this all time favourite Mushroom masala served piping hot with a bowl of warm ghee rice.:)

Here we go..,

To Serve 4, you need;

A 200 gms pack of button mushrooms
2 Green chillies- slit lengthwise
1 tbsp oil
Fresh coriander leaves-to garnish
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
¼ tsp pepper powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt- to taste

To sauté and grind to a paste

3 medium,sliced thin or minced-big onions
2 tbsps oil
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1-2 tomatoes- cut into 8 pcs each



  • Slice onions and mushrooms separately.
  • Heat the 2 tbsp oil and sauté onions until golden brown in colour.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and the cut tomatoes. Sauté well till the raw smell disappears and the tomatoes turn pulpy.
  • Cool and grind this into a smooth paste adding very little water if needed. Keep aside.
  • Heat the 1 tbsp oil mentioned formerly. Add the sliced mushrooms and stir-fry till tender. Add green chilles, chilly powder, turmeric, pepper powder, garam masala and salt in that order. Do not burn the powders, just see to it they get heated up well and let not change their colours. 
  • Go to the next step immediately!
  • Add the ground paste and mix well adding a little water. Mushrooms let out water while cooking too.Simmer till mushrooms are cooked and the gravy reaches the right consistency.
  • Serve hot garnished with minced coriander leaves and fresh cream if you prefer.Mushroom masala goes best with any variety of Indian roti or Pulao.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Back after a quick visit from...

I was searching for some nice 'postable' 'sweet recipes' in my drafts for the first post of the year...(lazy to make..shoot..and post a fresh one..;)) and failed to find even a single one!.

So until I get ready with my next post, let me share this sweeter experience with you guys..:)...
...err absolutely no other choice for the time being..

My husband n me are just back after a quick n short second visit, last week.
It was last September we holidayed relaxingly in Dubai with my brother.



We weren't lucky enough to visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest buiding in the world which got inaugurated just a fortnight ago, as there was a long queue almost all the time..


A much familiar building in the city for all of us..:) Burj Al Arab; "Tower of the Arabs"or the "Arab Sail".The second tallest building in the world, used exclusively as a luxury hotel.


From its humble beginnings in 1996 as a small site by the Creek where little kiosks sold products from different countries, Dubai Global Village has grown into a huge crowd-puller. This is now the star attraction of the popular Dubai Shopping Festival.Huge pavilions from around 40 countries are at the heart of Dubai Global Village, bringing together diverse world cultures selling native food, goods and handicrafts.

I savoured Shawarma, from the Mexican food counter instead, desperately craving for some chillies and spices in them :)..


..that ended up extra spicy and could no longer wait to dig my tongue into a few these Arabian Sweets..:).


The Mighty Indian Pavilion in Global Village :)


A Srilankan artist(outside their pavilion), attracted a huge crowd by this unusual method of spray painting the face..

of a live model!.The Crowd was amused to see his exceptional talent!!..


The Arabian spreads-Muthabe (baked egg plant with yogurt, lime and cumin) tasted better for me than Hummus (made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic).

Tabouleh, the much popular and healthier green salad of the Arabs.


The Next day,..


..we hurried on our way to Ibn Battuta Mall,(they claim this to be the world's largest theme shopping mall)

straight to The Grand Megaplex Cinemas located in the China Court ...

....to watch Avatar (go for the ultimate Imax 3D experience.Believe me it's worth every cent!)

After the huge tub of popcorn in the theatre we found this cute place just outside(still in the China court of the lovely Battuta Mall)


They use a frozen granite slab to blend mix-in toppings into the ice cream..


...oh yeah...they ask you to choose your desired ones from the array of (all sorts of) fruits,(all sorts of) nuts,(all sorts of) chocolates and (all sorts of) cookies :)..eventually confusing you..;)


but we found a great deal of happiness within 'this' :)...



At times the main delight follows the dessert.

The grand finale was marked by fine dining Arabic food at magnificent Atlantis of Palm Jumeirah..
[Sorry no pics of my 'Pigging out' in there...;) ;)]

Bye for now till I meet you guys with a nice-lovely-recipe-post..;) ;)...soon ;)....