Chettinad mushroom

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A delicious dish from Southern India, Alfred Prasad’s Chettinad mushroom adds flavour and excitement to any main. Perfect to serve year round, this vegetarian side is simple and economical to make.

First published in 2015





In a food processor or wet grinder, grind the ginger, garlic, poppy seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, coconut, cashew nuts and 2 teaspoons of the fennel to a smooth paste, adding water by the tablespoon until the right consistency has been achieved

Heat the coconut oil in a thick-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat. Add the cinnamon, bay leaf, fennel and kalpasi, if using, and sauté for 30 seconds


Add the shallots, tomatoes, curry leaves and coriander leaves to the pan, stirring well to combine. Cook for 5 minutes on high heat


Add turmeric powder, salt, chilli powder and the freshly ground curry paste to the pan, mixing well. Cook on a low heat for 20–25 minutes or until the oil begins to separate


Meanwhile, heat a dash of oil in a small wok. Add the mushrooms to the wok and sauté, then transfer the cooked mushrooms to the curry pan, stir well and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the coconut milk, mix well and cook for a further 1 minute. Check the seasoning and serve, garnishing with the nasturtium leaves

First published in 2015

Alfred Prasad’s years at Tamarind saw the restaurant awarded one Michelin star, which it retained, and a stack of accolades (including numerous ‘Indian Restaurant Of The Year’ titles).

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