Saturday, November 14, 2015

PALAK MUSHROOM

PALAK MUSHROOM

One of the veggies we love is spinach, called Palak in Hindi. They are extremely good for health. Elsewhere in this blog you will find recipes for other palak dishes such as Palak Paneer, and Dal Palak Lasooni . Likewise I often make dishes with mushrooms, such as Kadai Mushoom, and Mushroom Chettinad.

I was delighted therefore to see this dish which is made with both spinach and mushrooms in Spice Up The Curry from where I have adapted the recipe for Palak Mushroom.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.



Ingredients:
  • Button Mushrooms, 200 grms
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala, 1/2 tsp
  • Kasoori Methi, 1 tsp, lightly crushed
  • Cashewnut Paste (made from 8-10 cashewnuts)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
For Spinach Puree:
  • Spinach, 2 cups,
  • Onion,  roughly chopped, 1/2 cup,
  • Ginger, chopped, 1/2 " piece
  • Garlic, chopped, 2 cloves
  • Green Chilli, chopped, 1
  • Tomato, roughly chopped, 1 small 
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
Method:

Clean the mushrooms thoroughly and slice them
Wash and roughly chop the spinach
Soak the cashewnuts in 2 tbsp of warm water for 10 minutes then grind them into a smooth paste. Keep aside.
In a kadhai, heat 1 tbsp of  oil. When it gets hot, add the onion, ginger, garlic and green chilli and saute on medium heat till the onion becomes translucent.
Add the tomato and cook it till it becomes soft
Next add the chopped spinach and cook till the leaves get wilted
Allow this mixture to cool, transfer to a mixer and grind it to a smooth puree. Keep aside.
In the same kadhai, heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil on medium heat, and once it gets hot add the cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the sliced mushrooms, and salt and cook for 2-3 minutes
Add the red chilli powder, and coriander powder, and cook till the mushrooms are tender
Then stir in the prepared spinach puree.
Add water if needed to make a gravy consistency. Let it come to a boil.
Now, add the prepared cashewnut paste, and mix well.
Finally add garam masala and kasoori methi and mix well.
Let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
Serve the Palak Mushroom as a side dish with roti and nan, or with jeera rice.