Mushroom Puli Munchi is a spicy and tangy, flavorful dish prepared using chilies, tamarind and aromatic spices. This gravy can be served with hot steamed rice, or with any variety of dosa or pancakes.
This is a very spicy and sour dish popular in coastal Karnataka (Mangalore region in India) and traditionally prepared using fish or chicken as main ingredient. Puli means sour and Munchi means chilli in local language. If you love Mangalorean cuisine, then you should definitely try this recipe.
As you all know, I am big fan of mushrooms and like to use it in most of my recipes. I have prepared vegetarian version of Puli Munchi recipe using mushroom and I have served it with Neer dosa (panpolo). Serve it with any dosa variety or hot steamed rice and it tastes great. You can also substitute mushroom with paneer (tofu) if desired. And non vegetarians, substitute with any meat of your choice.
To prepare Mushroom Puli Munchi, dry roast red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and black peppercorns in medium to low flame till you get nice aroma. Do not do this on high flame as this will burn the spices.
Grind the dry roast ingredients along with cashews, garlic cloves, ginger, green chili, tamarind and water to form a smooth paste. Keep this ground paste aside.
In another pan, heat oil. Traditionally coconut oil is used. Add onions and saute till it becomes translucent. Add mushroom and saute till its halfway cooked. Add the ground paste, bring it to boil and reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and let this cook for another 7 to 10 minutes and you are done!!
If you are spicy food lover then you will love this recipe. But if you like mild version then adjust the spices as per your taste. One more secret is, the gravy actually tastes better the next day, as this gives a chance for all the flavors to get infused. So I generally prepare it in the night so that I can serve it the next day as a side for breakfast (e.g. dosa) or for lunch (e.g. rice, roti etc.) !!
Some of my other favorite and most popular Mangalorean Recipes (Coastal Recipes) have been listed below, do check them out!
- Banana Buns (Mangalore Buns)
- Fish Fry
- Fish in Ginger Onion Gravy (Jalke Alle Piyava Ambat)
- Potato Curry (Batate Song)
- Prawns curry (Shrimp Curry)
- Batate Vagu (Potato In coconut Sauce)
- Gajbaje (Mixed Vegetable Curry)
- Baby Corn Mushroom Ghee Roast
- Neer Dosa
- Chane Gasi (Chickpeas Gravy)
- Patrado (Collard leaves with Indian twist)
Detailed Recipe for Mushroom Puli Munchi or Mushroom In Hot and Sour Gravy
Mushroom Puli Munchi | Mushroom in Hot and Sour Gravy
- 1 tablespoon Coconut oil or vegetable oil
- 1 large Onion chopped or cubed
- 12 oz Mushroom sliced, by weight 350 grams
- Salt to taste
To Dry Roast
- 10 Dry Red Chilies
- 2 tablespoon Coriander Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
- ¼ teaspoon Fenugreek seeds Methi
- 2 teaspoon Black peppercorns
Other Ingredients to grind
- 5 to 6 Cashews
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 1 inch Ginger
- 1 Green chili optional
- 1 tablespoon Tamarind about the size of half a lime
- 1 cup Water
- Dry roast red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, peppercorns on low to medium flame till you get nice aroma. Do not roast on high flame as this may burn the spices.10 Dry Red Chilies, 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds, ¼ teaspoon Fenugreek seeds, 2 teaspoon Black peppercorns, 2 tablespoon Coriander Seeds
- Grind the dry roasted ingredients along with cashews, garlic cloves, ginger, green chili, tamarind and water to form a smooth paste.5 to 6 Cashews, 4 cloves Garlic, 1 inch Ginger, 1 Green chili, 1 tablespoon Tamarind
- In another pan, heat oil and add onions. Saute onion till it becomes translucent.1 tablespoon Coconut oil, 1 large Onion
- Add the mushrooms and saute till its halfway cooked.12 oz Mushroom
- Add the ground paste, salt to taste, water for desired consistency if required and bring it to a nice boil.Salt, 1 cup Water
- Reduce the heat to simmer, cover with the lid and cook for additional 8 to 10 minutes.
- Mushroom Puli Munchi or Mushroom In Hot and Sour Gravy is ready. Serve and enjoy.
- Vary the spices as per your taste.
- You can use any meat of your choice if desired.
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