Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tandoori Khumb (Mushroom)

Last weekend I received a bag of ingredients from Nature’s Basket. It had a pack of crunchy lettuce, fat asparagus spears, bright red vine tomatoes and two plump portobello mushrooms. Now, that last ingredient confuses me. I get a bit confused around mushrooms. What to do with these buggers? Add them to salad, make stir fry or a burger; is that all? This time I wanted to try something new. So I racked my brain, looked on the net and zeroed in on Tandoori mushrooms or khumb. It’s a pretty simple recipe and doesn’t need a lot of preparation.

Preparation time: 1 hour (including time for marination)
Cooking time: 20 mins

Portobello mushrooms - 2
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste


  • Mix all the ingredients (except mushrooms) together in a bowl. Marinate mushrooms in this mix and keep aside for an hour
  • Preheat oven to 200 degree Celsius.
  • Grease the baking dish and place mushrooms on it. Pour over the marinade mix.
  • Roast mushrooms for 15-20 minutes till all the masala dries up.
  • Serve with sliced onions and green chutney.
I served these tandoori mushrooms with roasted vine tomatoes and asparagus which is again simple to make. Make a slit in tomatoes, drizzle some olive oil, garnish with salt and pepper and roast at 200 degree Celcius for 5 mins. Repeat the process with asparagus.

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