Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Mushroom Thoran

Mushrooms are usually ignored during my trips to the grocery store. I guess it has something to do with its very rubbery, almost meaty texture, in addition to the fact that it is not easy to clean. (Gently wiping with a damp paper towel/dry cleaning, to me, does not constitute cleaning!)

Though I’m not a big fan of these, I do pick up a pack occasionally to make this
thoran . All of the flavors blend very well to make a pretty decent dish.

15-20 mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
½ tsp sambar powder
½ tsp coriander powder
2-3 Tbsp grated coconut

For the seasoning:
1 Tbsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp urad dal
A pinch of asafoetida
4-5 curry leaves
1-2 red chillies

In a pan, heat the oil & add the ingredients for the seasoning.

Sauté the onions, add the garlic and mushrooms and cook on medium to high heat till mushrooms are cooked.

Add the sambar and coriander powders and mix well. Cook for a minute or two.

Add the grated coconut. Mix. Serve hot.

30 Burps:

Purnima said...

Thoran looks delicious,that too with mushroom! How innovative! Tks for sharing. (sauteeing mushrooms in olive oil enhances it flavour!-my finding)

Sia said...

mushrooms in south indian style!!! i got to try it.

Nupur said...

Very innovative of you! Thorans are really a quick and tasty way to use up any veggie, right?
BTW, I do give mushrooms a quick rinse (never mind what the experts say). I wash them *right* before cooking, though. I think the whole damp wiping is to keep the mushrooms from absorbing water and getting soggy, but this is not so much of an issue if they are cooked right away after rinsing.

Seena said...

I make thoran with egg and mushroom or with coconut. Fresh mushrooms really tastes great. Nice pic..TBC.

Saswati said...

wow that curry looks yummy and spicy...i love mushrooms!

Asha said...

I know!! Wiping them never seems to be clean enough, I just rinse them quickly!:D
I love all kinds of Thoran, looks yummy tbc.

Mandira said...

we love mushrooms and this is a great dish to add to the list. Thanks TBC :)

Happy cook said...

I lve mushrooms and mu hubby too. I have never done a thoran with it.
Looks delicious

Laavanya said...

This looks so good! I've never attempted a thoran with mushrooms before. Is this made with the white buttom mushrooms?

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musical said...

The most awesome thoran! I have to try this soon, TBC! The aroma must have been heavenly! i can imagine how good mushrooms taste with coconut, i once tried eggplant and mushroom combo with coconut.

Seema said...

Looks Yum Tbc! Great recipe.

Dhivya said...

love these thoran..yummy

Uma said...

Yummy! Looks lovely as usual! Great pic.

Nags said...

mushroom thoran?? wow :D lovely idea! why didnt I think of that?!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Mushroom thoran Looks so delish!....Nice recipe...Love it..

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Wow..Thats new for me...A nice way to prepare Mushrooms!!

Lisa said...

I can't possibly imagine ignoring mushrooms! I go through fits of withdrawal if I go a week without a dish that heavily features them.

I would be sure to love this. I like the addition of coconut. Not sure I've tried that yet. Thanks for this!

Sagari said...

nice recipe for mushrooms tbc

mallugirl said...

thoran is wonderful...try varutharacha curry too.mushrooms taste good like that too.

Namratha said...

Good one T, I avoid Mushrooms too not because I don't like them but becoz hubby shuns them...

Mallika said...

I always just rinse them under a cold tap. How else do you get the mud off them? This thoran recipe is lovely! I must use it to finish the jars of homemade sambhar powder I have sitting around.

Divya Vikram said...

I love mushrooms too..This recipe is very innovative..Will try them once

Mona said...

Thats looks yummy! The picture is to tempting! I love mushrooms, and this recipe is new to me, i do not make dishes like these in my house, but i'm gonna try this Thnx for sharing!


zlamushka said...

Coconut and mushroom? Very unusual combo. I actually thought it was sardines at first. Your picture has a bit of purply tone in it. I love it :-)

TBC said...

Purnima- thanks. Using EVOO enhances flavor? I will give it a shot the next time.:-)

Sia- please do and let me know how you like it.:-)

Nupur- I don't know about that. I make a thoran out of pretty much anything!;-) That's the first(and in most cases the only) thing I can think of!
I do too. I cannot imagine not washing any vegetable before cooking. I saw Alton Brown's "mushroom" episode and he had similar findngs...

Seena- Eggs with mushrooms? hmmm...I really like eggs too much to use it up with mushrooms like that;-)
But mushrooms with coconut is good:D

Saswati- thanks:-)

Asha- yeah, my sentiments exactly.:-)I do the same too.

Mandira-hmmm- a mushroom lover. I'm not too crazy about this one. I would not miss mushrooms if I never saw it again.:)

HC- You've gotta try this than.:)

Laavanya- thanks:-) Yes, button mushrooms. I guess one could also use other kinds.

Jeena- thanks for visiting.
I will stop by and check it out. Thanks:-)

Musical- oh no! brinjal and mushrooms! my 2 least fav veggies.
:-( But I'm sure anything u make tastes good. :-)

Seema, Dhivya, Uma- thank you:-)

Nags- you have other things to think of right now;-). A thoran with mushrooms should be the last thing on your mind these days.;-)

Sukanya and Swati- thank you.:-)

Lisa- Oh I can ignore them forever! I would never even miss 'em.:) Do let me know how you like it if you do make it. This is a very common preparartion in South India.

Sagari- thanks:-)

Mallugirl- that does sound good! I might not even taste the mushrooms in it!.
I love varutharacha! I love to add pineapple to it when I make it. More on that in another post:)

Namratha- thanks. It's the oppostite here:)

Mallika- exactly!. Thank you:-)
BTW, are you not on Taste of India? I've missed so many of your posts...

Divya- thanks. It is worth a shot;)

Mona- thank you:-) Another mushroom lover!

Zlamushka- Not really... veggies seasoned with coconut are made almost on a daily basis in most South Indian homes. Do try it. You could use whatever vegetable you wanted (french beans, carrots, plantain, beetroot etc)
No sardines allowed in my kitchen. ;-)

Susan said...

I've never been satisfied just to wipe a mushroom off, either; I always soak them briefly in very cold water then power wash all the compost debris off them with the sink hose. After that they get quickly cooked. No big.

This looks great, TBC. I recently made a mushroom ambat that I was very happy with.

Meera said...

I love this quick stir-fry -Thoran. I make it from cabbage to eggs. but never tried with mushroom. What a great idea. Looks great!! Thanks for sharing

TBC said...

Susan- I've never tried an ambat-mushroom or otherwise- before!
Do you have arecipe for it? Sounds really good.:-)

Meera- thank you:-)... and u are welcome.

Susan said...

Here's a recipe, TBC: Ambat
I added some other veggies, but it was essentially mushrooms; in fact, the original recipe I adapted it from was mushroom based.

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