Chettinad Mushroom Masala (காளான் கறி)

Description

White button mushrooms sauteed in spicy chettinad curry. Happened to taste this dish at a local Indian restaurant, since then I was craving for this dish and can’t wait to try it out myself. Tried this curry with my own blend of chettinad spices and guess what??? it turned good and the next thing, was to post it here to share with you all. (Mushroom Masala / Kaalan Masala / Mushroom Chettinad / Chettinad Mushroom Curry )
Ingredients-1
3 nos Dry red chilli
5 tsp Coriander seeds
1 tsp Black pepper corns
½ tsp Cumin seeds
½ tsp Fennel seeds
1 tsp Poppy seeds
1 tsp Split roasted gram/pottukadalai
1 no Cardamom
1 no Clove
1 no Cinnamon stick (very small)
1 no Mace/jathipoo(just one petal)
1 no Star anise (just 1 small petal)
1 pinch Nutmeg powder
3 tsp Dry coconut flakes/ desicated / coparai thengai
Ingredients-2
15 nos Shallots (sambar onions)
½ inch Ginger
3 clove Garlic
5 nos Curry leaves
¼ tsp Turmeric powder
Ingredients-3
4 nos White button mushrooms
1 no Tomato (diced)
1 no Green chili (slit open)
1 no Bay leaf
2 nos Black stone flower/ kalpasi
5 nos Curry leaves
3 stks Coriander leaves (chopped for garnishing)
½ tsp Salt (or to taste)
4 tsp Oil

Instructions

 

 

Clean the mushroom with a damp paper towel, cut them into thin pieces and keep aside.

Dry roast each ingredient from this list one by one(Dry red chilli , coriander seeds, black peppercorn, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, pottukadalai/split roasted gram, coconut flakes). Dry toast this set in one batch(cloves, cinnamon, cardamon, mace flower, star anise and nutmeg).

Combine all the dry roasted items from table-1 with all ingredients from table-2 (Shallots+ginger+garlic+curry leaves +turmeric powder) and grind to make a fine paste and keep aside.

Now heat oil in a pan, drop in the bay leaves, kalpasi, green chilli and curry leaves. Fry them to toast, followed by the sliced mushrooms. Saute for few minutes and then add the ground masala. Keep frying till the masala turns golden brown. Add the chopped tomatoes, cover and cook for few minutes (2 to 3 minutes), then add salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, when you see the oil separating, garnish with coriander leaves and switch off. Serve hot with roti or rice.

 

 

Notes

1. I have used large size white button mushrooms, use 10 number if using the small ones.

2. Green chilli is optional, add to make it extra spicy.

3. This dish goes well with boiled eggs. Instead of serving plain boiled eggs as a side for any food, top it with this gravy for an extra touch.

Other related recipes Chicken Chettinad.

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52 comments to Chettinad Mushroom Masala (காளான் கறி)

  • vino

    Hi mam.. Am a gr8 fan of urs..tried few of ur dishes turned out to be sooo gud.. Today am gonna try this.. I hav few queries.. Can i use canned mushroom in this?? I don knw how to use canned mushroom.. Pls help me out.. In this recipe wen shuld i add it?? Am in dubai so here poppy seeds r banned..can i substitute it with cashews or anything else?? Can i use fresh coconut bcos i don find desicated one here..?? Pls reply mam.. Thanks in advance..

    • Vino,
      Fresh mushrooms are always better than canned. I personally on’t like canned mushrooms which has rubbery texture & is flavorless. If you still prefer then add after making the gravy and simmer for few minutes. You may use cashews instead of poppy seeds and fry the fresh coconut in a tawa for few minutes and then proceed to substitute for dry coconut. Goodluck!

  • kumudam

    hi Mullai
    have tried this recipe yesterday…came out in a great manner..

  • Recipe is awesome. i had this recipe recipe in bangalore at Chettiars . thanks for sharing it . quick question the ingredients which u have shared in ingredient1 is a chettinad garam masala or wht ? do u also use this masala in other chettinad recipes ?

    • Thans Jaishree, well I use this chettinad masala only for gravy type chettinad dishes. You may use this for chicken, shrimp or veggie(mixed vegetable, potato, mushroom, peas) gravies. Hope this helps, thanks.

  • awesum! i did this gravy n it really came out delicious!!!! wonderful recipe…. the taste,aroma,evrythn was perfect i wud say tis is the best out of mushroom we can do thnk!!!

  • Vishnupriya

    Hi Mullai Mam, just made this dish as a side dish for my parattas, It was simply delicious, everybody in our family liked it, super, Thanks a lot for posting this recipe.

  • premalatha

    The taste of chettinad mushroom was excellent.
    Thank you
    premalatha

  • krithika

    hi, i have tried this receipe but it was bitter..i didnt burn the dish..will the onion paste turn the dish bitter? please help me

  • megalaii

    I TRIED THIS DISH JUST NOW. ITS REALLY VERY SO GOOD.THANKS YOU.

  • angelaJohn

    I have tried so many of your recipes Mullai.. and this one has become my Favorite..
    many thanks……..

  • Akash

    I came to know about this website from my friend today and this is great and collection of wonderful recipes.

    mouthwatering mushroom recipe ,me and my roommates like to make this curry in this weekend.we have 2 doubts.

    //can you give gram measures of tomato used in this recipe? or else can u give cup measurement for tomatopuree for this recipe,from that we will come to know howmuch we have to use.//

    This will be very helpful for us because when we make cooking everytime,we will add tomato less or more and it changes taste.

    //if we dry grated coconut, howmany teaspoons we can add.//

    Hope we will get help from u and looking for your reply.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Akash,
      You may use about 1 and 1/2 Tbsp chopped tomatoes and 3 tsp of grated coconut for this recipe. If using tomato puree then go ahead and use about 3 Tbsp of it. Hope this helps, goodluck with the preparation.
      Thanks,
      Mullai.

  • Yes, we also tried and turn out very well, delicious.

  • Harish

    Hello Ms. Mullai, Thanks for your great recipes. I tried Chettinad Mushroom Curry and it turned to be crowd pleaser and taste was authentic. Many thanks to you. Please keep up your good work going.

  • rums

    Awesome recipe Mullai. I just dished this up with Meijer sliced mushrooms. AMAZING! If I’m ever in the mood for Chettinad Cuisine, your site is the only place I stop by. I’ve tried your Biryani and Pepper chicken too, both of which were amazingly authentic. I couldn’t believe myself that I’d cooked something that tasted like it was ordered from Anjappar or Ponnuswamy! Thanks for the wonderful recipes, the Chettinad Mushroom Masala has turned out kick ass awesome :)

  • Rama1

    I like this recipe very much. I’m planning to make this for 12 persons, so it would be great if you let me how many does the above quantiy serve?

  • shivani27

    Hi Mullai Ma'am…I tried this dish and it came out really well.!!….

    Your site is really superb and am addicted to ur site like anything…You are doing a gr8 job..!!

  • ananthiraja

    haiiiiiii
    can anbody plz lemme knw where we can get these chettinad items like kalpasi i mean the authentic chettinad items

  • sudha.dilip

    Mullai.. I tried it last night.. It turned out excellent !! My hubby too liked it a lot.. thank u so much.. Now i jus luv Mushroom…:-)

  • sudha.dilip

    Hi Mullai,
    I ve never tasted or cooked mushrooms before.. Ippo unga site irukara thairiyathula i ve bought home a pack of mushrooms.. gonna try this dish for dinner tonight.. with Chapathi.. will tell u tomo abt how it came out.. Thanks a lot for this amazing website.. enna mathiri newly married gals living abroad will really appreciate this site..its guiding us like mom..

  • Aarthisuresh

    Dear friend Mullai,
    I tried chettinad mushroom masala today..it was really really gud and awesome…thankyou so much for this yummy recipe….takecare.
    regards
    Aarthisuresh….

  • narmada.naren

    Hi mullai,
    I am new to this site and new to cooking too.. can you tell me how many people will this measure serve for dinner with parota

  • gowher

    Hi Mullai, I am going to try this today. One small confirmation, should we need to remove the stem of the mushrooms? or will they work? Thanks in advance. gowher

  • Gokilapriya

    Nice Receipe!!! Thanks….

  • gowher

    Hi Mullai, Its a great dish. It really surprises me how you get all these wonderful recipes. Thank you.

    gowher

  • poornimaduraiswamy

    Hai mullai….

    Thank u for ur web site….
    I decide what to cook daily only seeing ur website…
    Thank u soooooooooooooooooooo Much

  • nithyak

    hey mullai
    i tried this and nalla vandhirukku pa.. different than the usual masala/curries.. thanks for the recipe.. mean time i adjusted the qty of dhaniya seeds – korachu poten… according to my taste

  • padmababu

    Hi Mullai, I tried this with dish and it was really g8…Thx for the receipe.

  • Vijitha

    Hi Mullai, One small doubt.. can i substitue small onions with big red onions

    VIJI

  • shivamahesh

    do we need to add any water while adding mushrooms & masala? will mushroom get cooked along with tomatoes?

    • Mullai

      Hi Shiva, it depends on how you wish to have the consitency. Tomatoes and salt should be suffiecient to cook the mushroom and with my recipe, the consitency will be a thick gravy. But its ok to add 1/2 cup water to make the consitency thin. Thick masala suits as a side for rice and thin gravy suits for roti and paratha.

  • Abhi Muthu

    Mullai,
    I tried chettinad mushroom today. It came out good, but it was slightly bitter. The reason is I think I added more poppy seeds and the poppy seeds did not grind properly in the blender.
    But overall it is good.
    Next time I will correct the quantity.
    Thanks again.

  • Abhi Muthu

    Mullai,
    The picture is so tempting that I cant wait to try this recipe(Chettinad mushroom) I will try and let you know. Thank you for all your posting. I am a fan of your website.

    • Mullai

      Hi Abi,

      This shot didn't come that perfect, out of focus… as I took while it was steaming hot and thats why it looks blurred. But hope you would enjoy the dish, seems you have posted many comments under member categories. Appreciate all your feedbacks… a big motivation factor for all members. Thanks!!

      • Abhi Muthu

        Mullai,

        Thank you for your response. Idhuve nalla picture illa solreenga appo real picture a kaattinaa thaanga maaten.. hihih..
        I got mushrooms yesterday will try tomorrow. Mullai seriously, you and your members are doing a good job.
        keep your good work and I love to see ur presentation..

  • Visitor

    I tried this Mullai, Very nice…am a new reader to ur site…looks like i find a lot…

  • Anja

    Dear Mullai, I wanted to prepare this dish a few days ago, but when I went for shopping, no one knew the kalpasi/black stone flower. I tried in different indian stores, and when I called up my fiances mom in india, she didnt know either. Is there a special tamil name for the black stone flower?

    • Mullai

      Anja, these are sometimes quite hard to get here. Grocers don't go by the English or tamil name, ask for Pathar ka phool (hindi term), may be… that might help. Only tamil name, which I know is, Kalpasi, nowadays all stores carry them, but for sure "Naattu Marunthu Kadaigal" will have them. Good luck.

  • lakshmipriya

    hai mullai,
    Today i tried this recipe
    it came out well..
    i tried lot of recipes for mushroom
    but this is the best one
    thanks for u’r recipe….

  • latha.mn

    Dear Mullai,
    On my vacation, I prepared your recipe pepper chicken curry instead of “chicken” I used “mushrooms’,really it was superb, everyone liked it very much .
    regards
    latha

  • karthikshan

    Hi Mullai,

    Thanx for this wonderful recipe. The recipe came out very well and am going to serve it with chapathi…..Thanx a lot again.

    Cheers

  • Nithya

    Dear Mullai,

          Chettinad Mushroom Masala was awesome..it was really gud..Thanks for the receipe.

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