Monday, February 2, 2009

Onion Kulcha and Mushroom Masala

Dinner is always simple no rice affair at our home. Its either chapathi with subzi or stuffed parathas or dosas but no rice. Yesterday I saw this recipe for Onion Kulcha on Active cooking which seemed to simple enough to be tried. Mushroom Masala is my daughter's favourite. I have tried many recipes and this particular recipe is inspired from Spicy Tasty which I found while browsing through google. I havn't made many changes except for a few. And yes it tastes like the one made at restaurants.

Onion Kulcha

Whole Wheat flour or Atta - 1 cup
onion - 1 medium
green chillies - 1
coriander leaves - 3 sprigs
mint leaves - 6 leaves
carom seeds/ajwain - 1 tsp
red chilli powder - ½tsp (optional)
pomegranate seeds - 1 tsp, coarsely ground
salt to taste

Prepare a stiff dough with flour and water. Allow to rest for an hour. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and make round balls.
Peel and chop onions finely. Wash and chop green chillies, coriander leaves, mint leaves finely
Prepare stuffing using chopped onions, green chillies, coriander and mint leaves. Add salt, red chilli powder, crushed carom and pomegranate seeds.
Take a dough ball and flatten each with a rolling pin into a round disc. Place a portion of the filling in the middle of the disc, fold in the filling and pinch off the excess dough to seal the edges. Then flatten again with a rolling pin into a large disc.

Place each kulcha on a plate and put it in a microwave to grill each side for 5 minutes or till brown spots appear on the kulcha. One can also tawa fry as for chapathis. Dab with a dash of butter for kids and serve hot with Mushroom Masala.

Mushroom Masala

Mushrooms - 1 packet around 8 big sized
Onions - 4 medium
garlic - 6 cloves
ginger - 1" piece
cashewnuts - 10-12
cardamom - 2
cinnamon- 2
Bay leaves - 2
Red chilli powder - 2tsp
garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Hung yogurt - ½ cup
Tomatoes - 2 medium
coriander leaves - handfull
butter/oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tsp

Hang yogurt in a muslin cloth for 15 minutes to drain off the excess water.
Blanch tomatoes in hot water for 5 minutes. Peel off the skin and puree to a smooth paste.
Peel and chop onions, garlic and ginger roughly into small pieces.
Boil a cup of water and add the chopped onions, ginger, garlic and cashews. When onions becomes soft enough. Put off the gas and let aside to cool.
Meanwhile heat a pan and dry roast cinnamon and cardomom seeds on a low flame. Powder them into a fine powder using mortar and pestle.
Wash mushrooms thoroughly in running water. Pat dry the mushrooms. Slice Mushrooms into thin slices. Heat a tsp of butter in the pan and saute mushrooms till nice and brown.
Blend the boiled mixture to a smooth paste.
Now in the same pan, heat butter/oil add cinnamon-cardamom powder and bay leaves. Saute for a while and add the smooth paste. Fry on medium flame till the oil comes to the sides of the pan.
Now add red chilli powder, garam masala, salt.
Add hung yogurt and mix thouroghly. Now add tomato puree and cook for another 8 minutes till the gravy is nice and red. Now add stir fried mushrooms and mix well. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Onion Kulchas and Mushroom Masala is off to the Event
Healthy Family Dinners at What's for Lunch Honey? and Monthly Mingle Page


Asha said...

Great combo, isn't IT? :)

Namrata Kini said...

Wow I love Onion Kulchas and Mushroom too. Great combination Poonam.

Ashwini said...

Love Kulchas..though I dont like mushrooms..I make them for my hubby..This looks yummy..

sowmya said...

mushrooms looks very nice..wil try it sometime..

vidhas said...

Never tried onion kulcha, sounds great. Mushroom is our favourite, great combo.Thanks for dropping by poonam.

Premyscakes said...

sounds delicious, and looks great poonam.

MeetaK said...

oh what a lovely meal. perfect that you are bringing it along to the mingle!

Uj said...

Looks yummy.. loved the combination

Varsha Vipins said...

I just love Kulchas Poonam n the mushrrom gravy looks so rich..yummy combo!!!

onno david said...

Wow. That's a very colorful dish. my favorite mushrooms masala. Your picture med me hungry!i can't wait to try it. I am going to ask my mom to do it.

Anonymous said...

Hi poonam,
I tried this ysdy.It was too gud.