Mughal Mushroom Curry and a Giveaway

I was recently treated to a lovely package of dried mushrooms, mushroom blends, a quick and easy smoked oyster mushroom chowder that was most satisfying and delicious and some delightful Balsamic Vinaigrette infused with White Truffle which is just perfect for dressings and marinades from FungusAmongus. I am pleased to offer my readers located in the US an opportunity to win some dried organic mushroom medley consisting of porcini, shiitake, crimini, maitake, oyster, and chanterelle as well as a pacific blend of seasoning and rub marinade. The seasoned mixes are a perfect idea to add to cream cheese or yogurt to make a dip that would go along well with veggies or pieces of flatbread. All you need to do is leave a comment for a chance to win. Please do leave your email address if you do not have a blog so I can contact you. The contest runs until May 8th. My Canadian readers will have a chance at winning some of these satisfying staples soon. I also encourage you to check out their facebook page and become a follower. Mushroom lovers such as myself will not be disappointed with these offerings.

I admit I was rather skeptical about serving apples and raisins with mushrooms, but I was pleasantly surprised indeed. Such a delightful blend of flavors - so earthy, and the addition of yogurt tempers the spices. The inclusion of dried mushrooms here adds a slightly chewy texture that is pure joy for mushroom lovers. I have made this dish twice already. The first time around I was foggy headed and missed the yogurt step and used some water instead. Either way, you can't go wrong with a spicy mushroom curry. Serve with rice and an Indian dal for an especially satisfying meal that even your carnivorous friends will enjoy.

I also made a delicious and super simple dip with 4 teaspoons of the Pacific blend of seasoned mushrooms combined with a cup of cream cheese. Just perfect with veggies and peta breads.
Mughal Mushroom Curry

Adapted from Silk Road Cooking by Najmieh Batmanglij

4 tablespoons of butter, ghee, or oil
1/2 cup of raw, unsalted cashews, broken into bits
1/4 cup of raisins
1 green apple, peeled and sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 clove of garlic, minced or crushed
1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated
small handful of dried curry leaves
2 - 3 fresh green chilies, seeded and finely chopped
4 - 6 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes and drained
1/4 cup of dried mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes and drained (I used the organic mushroom medley)
1 - 2 teaspoons of Pacific blend seasoning
1 pound of fresh mushrooms (I used portobellos)
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 teaspoons of sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons of curry powder (or a dash of asafetida, 1/2 teaspoon of ground mustard powder, 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds, 1 - 2 green chilies, seeded and finely chopped, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom, a pinch of saffron, freshly cracked black pepper and 3 tablespoons of dried fenugreek leaves)
2 teaspoons of garam masala
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups of yogurt
2 teaspoons of cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoon of water
fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped, for garnishing

In a wok, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium heat. When hot, add the cashews and stir and fry until browned. Now add the apples and raisins and stir and fry for a minute or two. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

In the same pan, heat another 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Toss in the onions and stir and fry until translucent. Now add the garlic, coriander, ginger, curry leaves and chilies. Stir and fry for another minute or so. Add the mushrooms and celery and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Toss in the salt, mushroom seasoning, black pepper, curry powder, garam masala and tomatoes. Reduce the heat to low and cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Gradually add the yogurt and cornstarch mixture to the mushrooms, stirring constantly. Simmer over very low heat for another 5 minutes. Garnish with the apple mixture, parsley or cilantro and serve warm.

Yields 4 servings.

More mushroom dishes from Lisa's Kitchen you are sure to enjoy:
Mushroom Curry
Best Ever Mushroom Sauce
Chickpeas with Mushrooms
Shredded Paneer with Tomatoes, Chilies, Mushrooms and Chickpeas

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Meg said...

I'm a mushroom fanatic! The curry looks great, only a little intimidatind due to the length of the ingredient list. If I win the mushrooms I promise to give it a try!

madeinalaska said...

i have that cook book isn't it beautiful!! i have not tried any of the recipes yet.. you have motivated me.. thnx
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bellini said...

This sounds like a wonderful cookbook Lisa!

Priya said...

Wat a fantastic dish..

sos said...

would love to win!

Anonymous said...

Sounds really interesting.. Would love to win a giveaway :)

Lisa said...

Yes, the list of ingredients is long, but the recipe is worth the effort.

KALVA said...

love mushrooms in any which way! good one here

Anonymous said...

One 1/4 cup of ground cardamom in the curry mix right? That seems like a lot for such a powerful spice.

Lisa said...

Oops! No, I meant a 1/4 teaspoon. The error has been corrected. Thanks for pointing this out.

Tsaint said...

Your blog is very interesting recipes, I've been a reader for a couple of years now I think.. I adore mushrooms and a chance to win :)

sillygirl said...

It would be fun to experiment with some mushrooms!

Kitchen Shaman said...

How do you ever remember to write stuff down? I get to cooking, ingredients go in the pot, then I'm asked, "what did you put in that?"
Love the mushroom curry idea. though, a version of vegan yogurt is needed in my household.

cajunlicious said...

Love this it looks so delicious!!! Just came across your wonderful blog on foodbuzz & am a new follower!
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Jenna Z said...

I LOVE mushrooms so that looks delectable! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!
beastbunny at hotmail dot com

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eatme_delicious said...

I know I'm too late for the contest, but just wanted to say how yummy this sounds! I recently made a lentil sweet potato dish with raisins in it and was surprised how much I enjoyed the addition of raisins.