Earthy Mushrooms flavored with Shahi Jeera!

For some reason my daughter doesn't like mushrooms and she 's a kid who fancies fish heads and goat bone marrow. I keep trying different recipes with a hope that someday I will be able to convert her. The good thing is she is always open to trying new recipes and tasting different ingredients.

I recently saw a video of a Chef demonstrating a recipe of mushrooms and black fungi in an unusual combination of Indian spices. I wanted to try and taste it for myself but had only mushrooms on hand. I still went ahead and was very pleased with the final result. Though my efforts to make my daughter enjoy mushrooms still continue.

The Shahi jeera /caraway seeds used enhances the earthy flavor of cremini mushrooms to a greater degree. Know more about this unique spice here.

This is an easy recipe which tasted quite different from usual Indian curries. This is a classic example of letting only one spice dominate the flavors while the other ingredients balance it.

  • 1 tsp shahi jeera/caraway seeds
  • 0.5 lb cremini mushrooms (about 8-10), washed and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup peas ( I used frozen ones)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1/2 a tomato chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 8-10 cashews soaked in little water and ground to a paste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a large sauce pan, heat the oil to medium heat.
  2. Add onions and saute till pink.
  3. Add the ginger, garlic and butter and saute for 5 more minutes. Butter is added later to avoid burning.
  4. Add the mushrooms and saute on high heat to avoid the release of water.
  5. Add spice powders and continue to saute lowering heat to medium again.
  6. Add the peas, tomatoes and cashew paste and mix well.
  7. Add salt and keep stirring it all the ingredients are well blended.
  8. Serve hot with cilantro garnish.

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