Mushroom Masala

I used to very often make a gravy with canned button mushrooms and paneer in an onion-tomato sauce made rich with a paste of ground cashews but this one is something I tried recently with fresh white mushrooms from Seema's blog (with minor modifications) and we loved this. It went great with chapathis and made for a quick dinner along with a simple dhal. Thank you Seema.



Mushrooms (White) - 1 pack ~8oz, wiped clean with a damp tissue & quartered
Onion - 1 big, sliced
Garlic - 4 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Tomato - 1, cut into pieces
Green Chillies - 2
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped
Milk - 2 to 3 tbsp
Oil - 3 tsp
Salt, to taste


1) Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies and saute till lightly browned. Add the tomato and fry for 2-3 minutes more with chilli powder.

2) Allow the above mixture to cool slightly and grind to a smooth paste.

3) Heat 1 tsp oil in the same pan and add a few pinches of salt. Fry the mushrooms in this till cooked.

4) Heat the last tsp of oil and add cumin seeds, add the ground paste and turmeric, salt and garam masala. Fry well. Add mushrooms and the milk and let this simmer for about 10-15 mins more for the flavours to absorb.

5) Garnish with Coriander leaves and serve.


  1. lavanya,
    Mushroom Masala gravy looks rich and colorful.Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. wowBeutifull color :) its looks so rich and tasty

  3. I love the color, enjoy girl:)

  4. This looks tastey. Something easy enough for me to try as well!

  5. You got a very colorful gravy! Looks rich n tasty.

  6. I'm not too fond of mushrooms but this looks like something I might like. Beautiful pic!The gravy looks so rich & creamy.

  7. Yum. i love mushrooms. And if it is with spices then they are delicious. I am going to make this once as my hubby loves mushroom.
    But my daughter dislikes them. So she will be just dipping the sauce and he will be eating the mushrooms from her plate

  8. Fresh mushrooms are way better than canned ones. Gravy is colourful!

  9. laavanya..the masala looks yum! i will make this with paneer..dislike mushrooms :(

  10. This is definitely a dish to try. I love mushrooms but never have had it with masala.

  11. the color of the masala looks divine! very well presented.

  12. Thank you Prajusha. The frying first before the grinding always helps.

    Thank you Roopa and Asha. It was very tasty.

    Hope you try it Erin.

    Thank you Pooja.

    TBC - frying the mushrooms first helps. Hope you try it and start liking mushrooms! :)

    That's funny about your daughter picking at the sauce. I made a simple dhal to go with this (for the protein) maybe your daughter will be happy if there's something else she likes besides this.

    Definitely Suganya.. the canned ones have no flavour whatsoever.

    Rajitha.. yes this gravy will suit most vegetables/paneer.

    You ought to try this Cynthia. Am sure you'll like it.

    Thanks Sharmi.

  13. Somehow Laavanya, (inspite of the nutrient factor) i don't like mushroom. For me it is like NV item :) but this gravy is rich in color. Viji

  14. Hey this is lovely. Looks very rich.
    I guess even people who hate mushroom will like this.

  15. We tried this and came out excellent. Frying mushroom does help to avoid some raw smell. Grinding masala also helps mushroom to absorb flavor very well. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  16. Sriranjani, Thank you so much for trying this and posting your feedback... :) it's so inspiring.

  17. excellent recipe...was appeciated very well among the family


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