Friday, 4 January 2013

Mushroom Masala fry

Almost all of us are familiar with mushrooms and their miraculous and magical powers. Particularly those who have read or heard a lot of fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland, Three Bears and a Baby etc.
You have seen mushrooms making somebody big or playing shields against the dreaded monsters. Actually, these are just symbolic representations of the actual health benefits of mushrooms. 
Believe me! They can really make you big and protect you against diseases and infections, as they are full of proteins, vitamins and minerals, amino acids, anti biotic and anti oxidants.
Mushrooms themselves provide you with lean proteins as they have zero cholesterol, fats and very low carbohydrates. The fiber and certain enzymes in them also help lower cholesterol level. Moreover, the high lean protein content in mushrooms helps burn cholesterol when they are digested.
Mushrooms can be an ideal low energy diet for diabetics. They have no fats, no cholesterol, very low carbohydrates, high proteins, vitamins and minerals, a lot of water and fiber.
Mushroom Masala Fry is a simple, quick and easy to make dish. I make this quite often as mushrooms are very healthy.
For those who like dry dishes with rotis or phulkas, this dish is very good. 
I often pack this for my daughter's lunch box.
Serves 3
Mushrooms - any variety - 500 gms ( I have used button mushrooms as they are most easily available)
Olive oil or any oil of your choice - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp or as per palate
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Chaat masala or Amchur/Dry mango powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Spring onions - 1 handful - chopped

Slice the mushrooms lengthwise along with the stem and keep aside.

Take a heavy bottomed flat pan or tawa, keep on low heat, add the oil and half the quantity of spring onions and fry for about 2-3 minutes.
Add the cumin powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, chaat masala or dry mango powder, turmeric powder and salt and fry for about 30 seconds.
Now add the sliced mushrooms and fry on high heat for 3-5 minutes stir frying continuously.
Garnish with the remaining spring onions and serve hot!

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