Dhingri badaami / Mushrooms in Almond Gravy

I made this one especially for Meeta! Whatever little I know of her is through her blog and her writing. The power of the pen at its best is what I think when I read her posts – she comes across as someone bent upon extracting the best out of herself, and that is so motivating.

I hope this original recipe from me satisfies the palates of my readers as much as it salivated the family. ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately the best of things always seem to reduce in quantity by some mystic force. I used 1/2 a kilo of mushrooms expecting it to last till evening – and imagine my surprise when all I found was clean sparkling bowls by the sink when I returned from work!

The gravy is simple consisting of finely chopped onions, pureed tomatoes and of course the coarsely ground almond which lends it a royal touch and feel! I think the best part about cooking with mushrooms is that they hold their firmness, and yet soak up and blend well with any gravy – whether the Thai coconut milk, the Chinese stew or the Indian curry!

I must narrate the funny thing that happened the morning I made the mushrooms! My son hates curried gravy, and my daughter loves mushrooms in rich gravy, so that morning while preparing their lunchbox – I made phulkas and mushrooms for all of us, and phulkas and carrot salad for my son (follows soon). The lunchbox was assembled after they had already left for school and my husband was to drop the lunch bags in the counter later – by mistake he interchanged the bags, and my son was forced to eat the mushrooms and daughter the salad which she hates:) When they returned from school, my daughter ate up the whole bowl of dhingri badaami by itself, and called up to say it was the tastiest mushroom curry she had ever had – not knowing she got the wrong bag I told her I knew she would love it and that is why I had sent a lot to school. She then told me what had transpired, and wonder of wonders – my son had loved the mushrooms and licked his lunchbox clean! ๐Ÿ™‚

Believe me, if my son says it is good – it is worth a try and the dish will have you licking your spoon or your fingers – even if you are terribly sophisticated about the ‘etiquette’ thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

These are the ingredients:
Button Mushrooms – 2 packets
A handful of green peas – About 1/2 cup
Tomato puree – 1 cup (I used dabur as it was late) – Generally I juice 6 large tomatoes and cook till thickened.
Onions – 2 big ones chopped fine
Almond meal – 2 to 3 tbsps. (I blanch, peel, leave them in the fridge for a day before running them in short spurts to get a coarse meal)
Oil – I use sunflower oil – 2 tbsp.
Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp. (I am not a huge fan of this in curries – you may add more)
Turmeric powder – a generous pinch
Red chilli powder – As per your taste
Salt – To taste
Ginger to garnish and eat – not set aside ๐Ÿ™‚

Method:
1. Heat oil. Add chopped onions and saute till brown.

2. Add tomato puree and cook well till blended.

3. Add the powders, salt, peas and mushrooms and saute till well coated.

4. Add a little water and cook till the mushrooms exude juices and completely cook. Now add the almond meal a tablespoon at a time and mix till you get a rich feel.

5. Taste to check the spice level and adjust as per your requirement.

6. Garnish generously with thin ginger sticks, and see that you have them rather then set them aside – it does wonders to the stomach. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you make it in October don’t forget FIC brown and send it to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

The dish goes to quite a few places
1. Meeta’s Monthly Mingle guest hosted by Ruth of Ruth’s Kitchen Experiments. The theme ending today is ‘Sensational Sides’. This one lifted our senses and got us drooling, so I guess it is just apt. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Also goes to Food In Colours hosted by me, Sunshinemom. The colour for October is Brown and it is on till 31st. Awaiting more entries from my dear friends. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  1. One of the best mushrrom dishes i have seen.

  2. wow … that looks awesome .. trhe pic is real tempting .. my hubby loves mushrooms too & iam always on the lookout for sensational sides as he is not very much a roti person & he hates dry curries .. this one is worth a try .. good one ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sukanya Ramkumar

    I love mushroom curry a lot. Looks so good. Nice and clear pictures. Will try ur version. YUM!!

  4. I am always short of mushroom recipes.This looks delicious.Will try this today with rotis and keep u posted,cheers

  5. That does look delicious and tempting ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Rich and simple side dish, I make without almond , great side for roti or rice ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I keep admiring all those blog posts dedicated to mushrooms and yours is no exception. But we somehow don’t seem to like the taste. ๐Ÿ™
    Maybe its an acquired taste.

  8. HC, Sharmila – Thanks!

    Deepthi – It is! I too hate dry curries for packed lunch, but at home its OK!

    Sukanya – Do give it a try!

    Sweatha – Today? Wow! Let me know whether your family liked it!

    Cham – Yes! I too have done that but I always felt it was slightly tangy. Possibly because I use very less masala and too many tomatoes – the almond meal in this nuetralises that!

    Aparna – You’re right! My parents and my sisters don’t like it too:) I started enjoying it only because of the hostel stint, eating with friends in hotels:)

  9. Mm..love it. I adore mushrooms and almonds so this one sounds lovely to me.
    How do you do it? You wake up everyday and make phulkas and subzis for tiffins? And then go to work? and then you entertain separate menus for both children?
    And then you come back and make dinner?
    And then blog about it?!
    Amazing…kudos.

  10. Vow i have afresh packet of buton mushrooms in my fridge….sure must be waiting for your recipe…….

  11. Breathtaking pic..i love mushrooms..Will try this.

  12. This looks like a very unique way of making mushrooms…looks delicious…great pics too:)

  13. Looks delicious…will definitely give it a try.

  14. This looks delicious!!!! A great entry to the mingle, thank you!

  15. Bharti – Thank you! But I am no supermom:) I manage time in the best possible way for me, let my kids study on their own and have stopped being finicky about the kids room, and my husband’s clothes rack!!

    Raaji – Will appreciate if you really try! I too think many times that I would try this and that and end up with a staple or a self concocted recipe because I haven’t got a print of the recipe or have it written down:)

    Divs, Usha, Supriya – Thanks!

    Ruth – My pleasure, thanks!

  16. You have a great blog going with nice pictures and writing. I am sure I will visit you more often.

  17. You have got a lovely click! Yummy looking dish wins half the battle. No wonder you came home to empty bowl ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Wow, that looks fantastic. I love mushrooms with rich gravies and I love mushroom curry. I’ll have to give this a try, It is mushroom season after all!

  19. Great one on mushrooms..love the ginger strips….

  20. deleciouss mushroom curry

  21. This has to be good. I love mushrooms and what a royal combination of almond and mushroom. I will make this for the next party I am having at home.

  22. Mahimaa's kitchen

    hey thanks your nice comments dear.. i have tagged u ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. ooh, yummy!

  24. Come and pick up an award from my blog:)

  25. RC – Thanks for visiting! I shall be happy to have you often here:)

    Nidhi – Thanks! I do agree with you – its the garnish and the look that matters!

    Sabayon – Welcome to Tongue Ticklers – and do keep visiting and letting me know your suggestions:)

    Rachel – Ah! Someone noticed the ginger strips too;)

    Sagari, Uma – Yes, it is!!

    Soma – I hope you enjoyed the result!

    Mahima – Thank you, and I looked up the tag – Will do it as and when I am in mood:)

    Vani – Thank you so much for the butterfly award!

  26. Totally love mushrooms in all forms, but this is truly rich and unique

  27. Looks very delicious. But I am yet to develop a liking to mushroom.

  28. Never had spiced mushrooms before but it sounds delicious. .

  29. Looks and sounds fantabulous. Never tried adding almonds into mushroom gravy.

  30. Mushroom curry looks yummy..I love mushrooms and gravy looks delicious.. I have passed you an award ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. delicious recipe. We all love mushrooms, i will surely try.

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  33. i tried out ur recipe. I modified it a bit and it was delicious.. I sent it to this months MBP. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

  34. Lakshmi Venkatesh

    Fantastic Picture. Really you make me crave for food. Will give it a try and let you know soon.

  35. Very, very delicious … this has to one of the nicest mushroom recipes I have come across in a long time!

  36. Hi Harini, I tried this today and came out awesome! Have posted it in my blog too.. Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe!

  37. Sujatha, I am glad you enjoyed it:).

  38. Hey Sunshinemom,

    I chose this recipe fo rthe T&T event hosted by Raaga. Let me also take this opportunity to let you know how much I like you blog.

    Thanks fo sharing all your recipe.

    Andy
    http://fudnmore.blogspot.com/2009/11/tried-tasted-dhingri-badaami.html

  39. Thanks, Andy!

  40. Poornima, I am happy you liked the recipe:)

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