Achari Mushrooms (White Button Mushrooms sautéed with aromatics and Achari spice blend)

Now, there are tons of recipes floating on the cyber culinary world with the pre-fix ‘achari’. For those who aren’t aware, achari or achar refers to pickle in Hindi. The Indian pickles, unlike the Western counterparts, are an indulgence of spices and these very spices are used to flavour other dishes too, which have ended up being labeled ‘achari’.

You might have read the ‘achari okra’ recipe that I had posted on the blog a while ago. In that dish, I used a spoonful of the pickle itself to add flavour to the okras. But in today’s dish, achari mushrooms, I made the achari spice blend and this was used to add flavour to the white button mushrooms.

The achari spice blend is a flavourful and fragrant medley of mustard, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, carrom, dry chillies, dry mango and nigella (the seeds, not the diva!)

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It is an extremely versatile blend that can be used for flavouring barbecues, meat skewers etc…apart from of course, Indian dishes. Do take the effort to make the spice blend from scratch, it’s not a difficult one and you can store the extra in an airtight container for a few weeks.

I used mushrooms only because I found some great ones at the market but you can use just about any vegetable or meat for this one. I have tried it with chicken and the result was delicious.

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Achari mushrooms would make a great starter. The fragrant and delicious spice blend flirts with the onions, aromatics and tomatoes to coat the mushrooms lovingly in a flavourful thick sauce. A squirt of lemon, the freshness of chopped coriander and a pinch of dry fenugreek leaves, all add to the delicious drama unfolding….

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Adapted from a similar dish by Meera Jayaram.

Ingredients:

Achari spice blend:

1. 2 tbsp mustard seeds
2. 2 tbsp cumin seeds
3. 2 tbsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
4. 2 tbsp fennel seeds
5. 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
6. 1 tsp carrom seeds (ajwain)
7. 75 gms dry red chilli
8. 2 tsp dry mango powder (amchoor)

For the dish:

9. 500gms white button mushrooms; washed, dried and halved
10. 3 tbsp mustard oil
11. 1 red onion, chopped finely
12. 3 garlic cloves, chopped finely
13. 1 inch ginger, chopped finely
14. 1 large red tomato, blanched and pureed
15. ¼ tsp turmeric powder
16. 2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
17. 1 tsp achari spice blend
18. ¼ tsp dry fenugreek leaves
19. Salt, to season
20. juice of ½ lemon
21. ½ cup chopped coriander leaves

Method:

• Dry roast all the spices except the red chillies and dry mango powder. Keep aside to cool. Roast the chillies separately taking care not to burn it. Cool and grind all the spices together. Mix in the dry mango powder and you have the achari spice blend.
• In a pan, heat oil and sauté the chopped onions. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté till the onions are softened and turn light brown.
• Meanwhile blanch and puree one tomato.
• To the onions, add turmeric, Kashmiri chilli and achari spice blend. Saute on low flame for a minute and add the tomato puree. Continue to cook on low flame till the puree thickens and the gravy comes together.
• Add the mushrooms and sauté for 2 minutes on high heat; season with salt. The mushrooms release a bit of water which helps to bring the dish together. Taste at this stage and adjust seasoning accordingly. Do not cook the mushrooms for too long; it should still have a bit to it when finished.
• Take off flame and add the fenugreek leaves, lemon and coriander leaves.
• Serve hot.

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21 thoughts on “Achari Mushrooms (White Button Mushrooms sautéed with aromatics and Achari spice blend)

  1. srvd0206 July 20, 2015 at 11:01 am Reply

    This looks so tempting! I am trying this tonight and am sure it’s gonna be a blockbuster in my family! 🙂

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    • vanyadhanya July 20, 2015 at 12:57 pm Reply

      lovely to hear that; hope you and your family enjoys it

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  2. swatilekha ghosh February 3, 2015 at 3:58 am Reply

    tried in todays dinner …turned awesome ..thanks

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    • vanyadhanya February 3, 2015 at 11:17 am Reply

      Lovely to hear that Swatilekha and happy to know that you enjoyed it. Thanks for writing in….

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  3. Nicole- Champagne and Chips November 23, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    Achari sounds delicious. Mango! I’ve just been reading about how healthy mushrooms are too. Apparently they prevent cancer now 🙂

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    • vanyadhanya November 23, 2014 at 7:17 am Reply

      Science will tell you one thing today and the opposite the next. Eat mushrooms because they are high on protein and great on taste.

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  4. machinegunmeow November 22, 2014 at 7:29 am Reply

    This looks delicious – I’m going to have to try making it soon!

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    • vanyadhanya November 22, 2014 at 9:11 am Reply

      go ahead, and do let me know if you enjoyed it

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  5. chefceaser November 19, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

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  6. simplyvegetarian777 November 18, 2014 at 6:07 pm Reply

    This is just brilliant Dhanya! Sharing it on my FB wall!

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  7. milkandbun November 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Mmm yummy What an aromatic dish! 🙂

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  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm Reply

    Doesn’t this look good! I must get the ingredients and give this a try.

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  9. Aruna Panangipally November 18, 2014 at 4:19 am Reply

    I like anything achari…. must be the Andhra in me. 😀

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  10. elsonsequeira November 18, 2014 at 3:58 am Reply

    I love anything with the word achaari attached to it… THis one is bookmarked for a try soon. 🙂

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    • vanyadhanya November 18, 2014 at 10:43 am Reply

      me too Elson, but I must say this was the best of the lot.

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      • elsonsequeira November 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

        Couldnt agree more!! 🙂

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