Vegetarian/vegan recipe for Mushroom Bhaji – a spicy dish with mushrooms, cumin and a tomato onion sauce.

400gr white button mushrooms
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (remove seeds for a milder dish)
2 tsp minced garlic or garlic puree
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1 Tbsp tomato paste
3 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp minced fresh chives, for garnish

How to
Wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel, trim the bottom of the stems, and slice into thick slices.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeno, stirring for 5-6 minutes, until the onion is softened but not brown. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, and chile powder, and cook for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, salt and tomato paste, and stir to combine.

Sprinkle the water evenly over the mushrooms and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. The sauce should have thickened, but if it appears runny, cook uncovered for 3-4 more minutes to achieve a nice consistency.

Transfer to a serving dish, sprinkle the chives on top, and serve hot.

Recipe provided by The Perfect Pantry.
All text and photographs copyright Lydia Walshin 2006-2010 – licensed under Creative Commons.

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