Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Mushroom Stewed in Coconut Milk (Koon Theenga Paalil Veyichathu)

Recipe No: 174
This is a tasty but very easy and fast  stew which tastes the best when eaten hot out of the pan. This is one of my very few Mushroom preparations where I don’t use Turmeric Powder and please use fresh Mushrooms.
Ingredients                                       Serves 3
  • Mushrooms………………..150 Grams/ 3 heaping Cups (cleaned and sliced)
  • Oil……………………………..2 Tablespoons
  • Shallots chopped fine…..1/4 Cup
  • Indian Green Chilly……..1 (chopped fine)
  • Garlic chopped fine………1 ½ Tablespoons
  • Coconut Milk………….…..1 Cup
  • Pepper Powder………..…..1/2 Teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves……..…..1 Tablespoon (chopped fine)
  • Salt as needed
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat Oil in a pan on medium high heat, and saute Shallots, Green Chilly and Garlic till it is slightly brown.
  2. Add the sliced Mushrooms and fry for 5 minutes. By this time, most of the Water will come out of the Mushrooms and it will be reduced considerably.
  3. Add Salt and Pepper Powder and fry for 30 seconds before adding Coconut Milk.
  4. Close the pan, reduce the heat and let it cook covered for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Once cooked and the gravy is reduced to a desirable consistency, add the Coriander leaves and serve hot with Appam, Chappathi or Bread.
  • Cleaning Mushrooms- I have a habit of peeling the skin off the Mushroom. (To see how it is done, see the picture in this post on Mushroom Curry) In this case, I washed the Mushrooms, dried them with a paper towel and then peeled off the skin. As the Mushrooms were big, I cut them into two before slicing. If it is small just slice it.
  • If the Coconut Milk is too thick, please add some Water to thin it a bit. If you are making Coconut milk by squeezing grated Coconut then mix first and second Milk together.
  • Don’t add Salt to the Mushrooms before it reduces, as there are chances that you may misjudge the amount of Salt seeing the huge amount of Mushroom, which will actually reduce considerably.
  • If you are making this dish in a shallow pan, the Coconut Milk may boil over. So in that case, keep the pan partially opened while cooking.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


sojo said...

looks lovely.... i loved the fish in fish.... and thanks for ur comment... well, mine is just every dishes...whatever I cook on any given day, i blog.... just to keep all the recipes safe!!!! wink!!! again iam telling u....dont stop after 88 more recipes... and one doubt...did u put on weight in the last 8 months? coz ur pictures itself making me put on weight.... and I want to try most of it.... iam trying to figure out how to give you an award...

Asha said...

He..he... well I didn't put weight till December. But during the Christmas season (it happens every year with or without a blog !!) I did. And I still don't know how to reduce it, for this year I have this blog... Thanks a lot Sojo..

All Things Said & Unsaid said...

Nice dish👍

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