I love mushrooms! Regardless of how they are prepared and what cuisine they are used in! A peek into my refrigerator will always reveal a pack of mushrooms stored somewhere. So, obviously, when hunger strikes, my first choice is a mushroom dish. I love to play around with it… I cook it with cheese, I use it in soups, salads and even Paranthas, I eat it raw, I love it cooked… After all, mushrooms are mushrooms! 🙂 This particular dish is a favorite of every person in my family. In this dish, mushrooms are coated in a flour batter, deep fried till crisp and then tossed in Chinese sauces with capsicum and onion. Makes for a perfect appetizer! Here’s the recipe:
10-15 button mushrooms (cleaned and quartered)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3+1 tablespoons corn flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 green capsicum (de-seeded and cubed)
1 large onion (peeled, layers separated and cut into cubes)
1 small onion (finely chopped)
2 stems spring onions (finely chopped)
1 green chilly (minced)
1+1/4 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon green chilly sauce
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 + 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt (to taste)
Oil (to deep fry) + 1+1/2 teaspoon
1 cup water
Make a thick batter by mixing the all purpose flour, 3 tablespoons corn flour, bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Coat the quartered button mushrooms in this batter and deep fry till crisp and golden. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.
Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add 1/4 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute. Mix in the soy sauce, chilly sauce, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and salt to taste. Cook for a minute. Add 1 tablespoon cornflour dissolved in 2 tablespoons water to the sauce. Allow it to thicken. Toss in the deep fried mushroom pieces and stir till all the pieces are well coated with the sauce.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in another pan. Add the finely chopped onion and 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and fry till the onion becomes translucent. Now add the onion cubes, capsicum cubes, chopped spring onions and green chilly. Fry for a minute or till the onion cubes become translucent. Season with a pinch each of salt and black pepper. Now mix in the mushrooms coated in the Chinese sauce and toss well. Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot!
Eat, drink and be merry! 🙂