Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mushroom Masala

Mushrooms contain about 80 to 90 percent water, and are very low in calories. They have very little sodium and fat, and 8 to 10 percent of the dry weight is fiber. Hence, they are an ideal food for persons following a weight management program or a diet for hypertensive.
 Mushrooms are an excellent source of potassium, a mineral that helps lower elevated blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke. One medium portabella mushroom has even more potassium than a banana or a glass of orange juice. One serving of mushrooms also provides about 20 to 40 percent of the daily value of copper, a mineral that has cardio protective properties.
Mushrooms are a rich source of riboflavin, niacin, and selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant that works with vitamin E to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Male health professionals who consumed twice the recommended daily intake of selenium cut their risk of prostate cancer by 65 percent. In the Baltimore study on Aging, men with the lowest blood selenium levels were 4 to 5 times more likely to have prostate cancer compared to those with the highest selenium levels.
  1. Mushroom: 400gm
  2. Onion: 1
  3. Tomato: 1 big
  4. Ginger: 1” piece
  5. Garlic Cloves: 4
  6. Green Chilli: 1
  7. Turmeric powder: ¼ tsp
  8. Chilli powder: 1 tsp (as per taste)
  9. Garam masala powder: ½ tsp
  10. Cummin powder: 1 tsp
  11. Salt: needed
  12. Coconut oil: 2-3 tbsp
  13. Coriander leaf chopped: 2 tsp
  14. Curry leaves: 1 string
Method of Preparation:
  • Heat oil in a pan, add chopped ginger and garlic, sauté and add chopped onion and salt, sauté until yellowish brown.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and garam masala. Stir well.
  • Add chopped tomato and green chilli. Sauté till tomato is done.
  • Add washed and sliced mushrooms. Stir well.
  • Close with the lid and low the flame.
  • Cook till the mushrooms are cooked and gravy comes dry.
  • Switch off the flame and add cumin powder, coriander leaves and curry leaves.
  • If likes the flavor of coconut oil just add 1 tsp coconut oil at this stage.
  • Serve hot with chapathi, roti or rice.

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