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.
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.
hungry little downy woodpecker eyeing the suet
After all that shoveling, I was tired and hungry.
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 🙂
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.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
stellar Ray Charles and Dionne Warwick rendition…