Chettinadu Mushroom Masala /Chettinadu Kaalaan Masala

Mushrooms are good source of protein and low in calorie.Also they are rich in vitamins and minerals.Mushrooms are great substitute for meat as it is chewy,juicy.

Coming to the recipe,its a spicy and flavorful curry whereas,mushroom is simmered in freshly ground masala paste.Be it with rice or roti,this curry goes very well.

I made my masala on the thicker side and the gravy was enough for 3 people.If more gravy is need then add another tbs of coconut and some cashews while roasting the spices.Off to the recipe..............

             Chettinadu Mushroom Masala/Chettinadu Kaalaan Masala

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30-35 minutes
   Serves ~ 3(generously)


Button Mushroom/kaalaan
300 gms(sliced)
Onion(finely chopped)
1 medium size
Tomato(finely chopped)
2 medium size
Green chilly/pachamilagai
2-3 (slit lengthy)
Ginger&garlic paste
2 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai
1-2 sprigs
Coriander leaves
as needed
1 tsp
1 tbs +2 tsp

  For the tempering 
Black stone flower/kalpaasi
Star anise
2 petals
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp
 Roast and powder
Fennel seeds/sombu
1 tsp
Black pepper/milagu
1 tsp
Red chilly/varamilagai
3- 4
Coriander seeds/dhaniya
1 tbs
1/2 inch
2 tbs


  • Heat pan with tsp of oil and fry the ingredients given to roast and grind except coconut,until a nice aroma comes out.Finally add the grated coconut and fry it for a minute.Put off the flame,once it becomes cool down grind it to a fine paste.Keep it aside.
  • Now in a pan heat the remaining oil and do the tempering with the given ingredients.Add the chopped onion,green chilly and curry leaves.Saute it with a pinch of salt till transparent.Add in the ginger&garlic paste,fry it until raw smell disappears.Add in chopped tomato and cook it until mushy.
  • At this stage add in the ground paste,turmeric powder and salt, mix it well.Rinse the blender jar with a cup of water and add it.Let it cook for couple of minutes.Meanwhile heat a pan with a tsp of oil and saute the mushrooms till it is tender.
  • Add the sauteed mushrooms to the boiling gravy and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes or desired consistency is reached.Add in the chopped coriander leaves and put off the flame.Add in lemon juice if needed.
  • Serve it with roti or rice.

  • I used 2 Kashmiri red chilly to get a nice color and 2 regular red chilly for the spice.
  • The spices given are  for medium spice level.
  • The amount of green chillies can be increased for a spicy level.



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Chettinadu dish always has its own charm.. Looks absolutely delicious!!

Nalini the light exposure on these pictures are stunning!..all the pictures look so great and can't decide which one is bette!..this masala sounds wonderful will surely make it with aloo..thanks!

I may similar mushrooms curry minus the ground masala. I guess that's what makes it more special.

That freshly ground masala sounds wonderful Nalini. The masala looks absolutely yum. I guess it will be so tasty with rotis..

Slurp slurp, cant take my eyes from the last click, what an irresistible masala. Chettinad masala rocks.

Wow, the pictures are awesome. I need to try these chettinadu dishes they sound so yummy.

I bought a packet of mushrooms today thinking that in the course of the week I'll make pasta. Now I know what I want to do with that packet.... make your delicious looking mushroom masala.

Ahhhh I can smell that kalpaasi here. One of my favorite chettinadu curry. Very nice Nalini.

The chettinad twist to mushrooms looks awesome! And your pictures look stunning!

love all chettinad recipes, and this is no exception. a treat for mushroom lovers...

as always the clicks attract you right away...what ever the food might be, you present it so well that naturally you want to grab it right away.

Wow... authentic chettinadu recipe. And of course stunning clicks..

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