Saturday, December 3, 2016

Mushroom Capsicum Curry! Day 4 #100HappyDays

Happiness is...

When you try a new ingredient in your kitchen for the very first time, and it turns out like this...



So I've never used fresh mushrooms in my kitchen before. The only time I made mushrooms at home was in 1998, and I used canned button mushrooms then. (Fresh ones weren't as readily available with vegetable vendors back then.) I was feeling a bit adventurous lately, so I decided to give them a try.

I went through a lot of mushroom recipes on the internet while having my morning tea today, and got a vague idea of how I will make a simple curry with onions, tomatoes, capsicum and mushroom. What I forgot to check was "how to clean the mushrooms"! And I emptied the whole pack into a bowl of water. [facepalm]

Apparently, you never do that. 'Coz they absorb all the water and become soggy. Tch. My bad.

Some of those mushrooms looked so disgusting in the water, with all the big black hairy thingies on the underside, that I almost threw the whole lot away. Then I decided to check google on how to clean and cut them. That's when I discovered that you aren't supposed to put them in water. I also realized that only about half of my mushrooms were fresh. Sighhh.

Anyway, I quickly took them out of the water, and dried them on paper towels. The ones with the bigger black hairy thingies (they are apparently called "gills") were the not-so-fresh ones. I removed the gills from those. (They looked very unappetizing!) Then I cut them all in pieces as advised in the recipes. Some of the recipes said to remove the stems, as they tasted different. Some said to keep them. Since it was my first time, I decided to play safe and removed the stems.

I then boiled them in the pressure cooker, with a little bit of salt. (Only two of the recipes said to use pre-boiled mushrooms, but I wasn't going to take a chance with under-cooked mushrooms. This step was completely unnecessary though. Next time, I'll make them without boiling.)

I made a light curry with chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste, chopped tomatoes, and the regular spices. Then added the boiled mushrooms and a cup of chopped and micro-cooked capsicum. I added a little bit of the water in which I'd boiled the mushrooms. Allowed it to simmer for a couple of minutes, and then served hot with chapatis.

Sorry, no coriander leaves for garnishing today! Hehehe! And no intermediate pics either. I was so tense about how it would turn out that I forgot to take pics in between. In fact, I even put some potatoes to boil, in case the mushroom recipe turned out to be a disaster and I needed a 'Plan-B'! :P

Thankfully, the dish was completely edible. It was quite tasty, in fact. So the 'Plan-B' wasn't called upon! Next time, I'll get fresher mushrooms, clean them the proper way, and won't waste time boiling them separately.


Attempting #100HappyDays for the first time. Today was Day 4.