Snowy Day and Easy, Tasty Mushrooms

The first measurable snow of the season made its way north overnight.
While not a storm of historic proportions as it was in parts further south, it still managed to dump about a foot of fluffy white stuff in my yard and on my driveway.


two hours worth of shoveling… thank goodness it was lightweight snow!

The snowblower wouldn’t start, so I spent a fun afternoon out in the cold and wind, shoveling and watching the birds feasting. There were plenty of juncos, but they scattered before I was finished and could play with the camera.


bird tracks in the fresh snow


hungry little downy woodpecker eyeing the suet

After all that shoveling, I was tired and hungry.


pinks was tuckered out too ~ watching all those birds is hard work!

I was craving something rich and creamy. Lacking much energy to cook,
I pawed through the freezer, dissatisfied. Then I peeked into my depleted
veggie drawer and my heart sank.

Two packages of sad-looking sliced mushrooms, and half an onion!

Needs must when the devil drives, goes the old saying… I had to make do.
The mushrooms were too far gone to eat fresh, but they might be ok cooked…

Oh! and my tongue tingled at the thought — I had plenty of goda masala
(well, Badshah Rajwadi garam masala, with stoneflower… close!) —
and I lovelovelove mushrooms with that masala!

Out came the frying pan and I tossed this together.

Easy, Tasty Mushrooms
I literally made this up as I went along — all ingredients can be adjusted to taste — but please use butter (or ghee). It’s only 1 tsp and this easily serves two. Mushrooms in oil just don’t taste the same πŸ™‚

Over med-high heat, in 1 tsp butter, saute until browned:

2 pkgs sliced mushrooms (12 oz each)
1/2 small red onion, sliced

Reduce heat and add:

1/4 c yogurt mixed with 1 tsp each ginger and garlic paste, 1 TB tomato paste,
1 TB dailya powder, and 1 TB goda masala

Mix well, adding water as needed (the mushrooms will give off some liquid) and cook over low heat about 10 minutes. Salt to taste.

Sprinkle with bhelpuri mix for a crunchy garnish.

(I did that after reading Mandira’s post!)

Next time I will add potatoes — which also taste great with that Rajwadi masala.


tasty mushrooms, ready in a flash

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!


stellar Ray Charles and Dionne Warwick rendition…

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4 Comments »

  1. sra said

    That’s a great-looking curry. And an easy gravy formula! Happy Holidays!

    Thanks, Sra — happy holidays to you too! πŸ™‚

  2. Nupur said

    How wonderful to enjoy a tasty curry on a wintry day!

    Especially an easy one, Nupur πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

  3. indosungod said

    Looking at the backyard makes me feel like I am in Antartica. The schools are closed for the day and the kids are having fun.

    The mushrooms with that Bhel mix do look yummy and great for the weather. Got to go in search of the pseudo Goda masala atleast.

    Not quite Antarctica but feels like it yes — the masala is a spicy one, ISG — I am sure you would like it! πŸ™‚

  4. vineela said

    Dear Linda,
    We are fine.Hope you are enjoying the snow.
    I am really busy with my toddler.
    Not that i dont like blogging but i am off .
    Hope to write atleast a post for a week.
    Thanks for dropping your heartfelt words at my blog.
    I Wish you a happy holidays to you and your family.
    Love the pictures of your garden loaded with fresh veggies in your previous posts.
    Creamy Mushroom curry is great for a snowyday.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Vineela

    Hi Vineela, thank you for stopping! I certainly understand how busy you can be with a baby/toddler πŸ™‚ Hope to see you around when you do have the time. Happy New Year to you! πŸ™‚

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