Koon, Ulliyum Mulagum Arachukoottiyathu: Mushroom fry with a shallot-chilli paste
Bamboo fencing, coconut palm roots lining an old pathway...
Bamboo stalk fencing with a 'flexible' gate between neighbours, changing with seasons and feuds...
The single bamboo pole used as a ladder to go inside the well. The newer brick and cement pillar in the foreground holds up the water tank with metal pipes for 'running'water!
The basic recipe would be to fry it with just the shallot-chilli paste; others add garlic, hing/asafoetida and a touch of cummin. Tempering with mustard seeds is not done. To cut the heat of red chillies, more coconut oil is drizzled before serving.
5 Cups thinly sliced mushrooms
5 red shallots/sambar onions/red pearl onions
2 dried red chillies
1/2 tsp red chilli powder [optional]
1 stem of curry leaves
3 tbsps coconut oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Grind the red shallots with red chillies without any water
Heat the coconut oil and add the paste alongwith the turmeric powder,
Fry for 3-4 minutes,
Add the sliced mushrooms,
Fry on medium high heat, stirring often
Cook uncovered until almost done,
Add salt and fry for a couple of minutes,
Garnish with curry leaves.
Optional: Coconut Oil is added throughout the frying process to keep the mushrooms from burning.
Notes: Just updated this post with some pictures from a summer trip to India! :-)