Monday, January 17, 2022



In my house, we like dishes made with mushrooms. Apart from being tasty, it is well-known that mushrooms have several health benefits. They are low in calories but have lots of vitamins and antioxidants.

They are fast to cook and are commonly used in different parts of India.  Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for mushroom dishes, such as:-

Today's recipe is from Goa. It is for a dish called Xacuti which is pronounced as "sha-kuti". It is a curry made with spices, poppy seeds, coconut and dried red chillies.  We can make this with chicken, mutton, vegetables, mushrooms etc. 

Today, I have made Xacuti using button mushrooms. This has been adapted from Goan Mushroom Xacuti in the popular website, Archana's Kitchen. 

We enjoyed this with peas pulao.


  • Button Mushrooms, 400 gms
  • Onions, 2
  • Ginger, 1" piece
  • Garlic Cloves, 4
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, 1 + 1 tbsp 
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coriander Leaves, 2 tbsp  for garnish
For Xacuti Spice Mix:-
  • Byadgi Red Chillies, 5
  • Poppy Seeds, 1 tbsp
  • Fennel Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Cloves ( Laung),  3
  • Cinnamon, 1 " stick
  • Black Peppercorns. 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Coriander Seeds, 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds (Methi) 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind, 30 grams or lemon sized ball 

Clean the button mushrooms thoroughly and dab them dry with a clean kitchen towel
Slice the mushrooms and keep aside
Finely chop the onions, ginger, garlic cloves, and coriander leaves

In a pan, dry roast the poppy seeds, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and fenugreek seeds for 2 to 3 minutes on low flame, till the spices get roasted and give off a good aroma
Switch off the gas, keep aside and allow it to cool
In the same pan, add 1 tbsp of oil and when it is heated add the onions, ginger, and garlic
Saute for 3 to 4 minutes till the onions become soft and slightly brown
Add the fresh coconut gratings and roast for 1 minute till it turns slightly brown
Switch off the gas and allow this to cool
Transfer all these roasted ingredients to a mixer jar
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cups of water, little by little, and grind these to a smooth paste. Keep aside
In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil and on medium heat add the sliced button mushrooms, salt, and turmeric powder and sauté for a few minutes till the mushrooms shrink and start leaving water 
To this add the freshly ground paste, mix well and add and water as required to get the desired consistency
Cover and bring to a boil and then let it simmer for about 5 minutes
Switch off the gas and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves 
Serve Mushroom Xacuti with Peas Pulao

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