Railway Mushroom Curry

Mushroom CurryThis curry was heavily adapted from a “Railway mutton curry” recipe I found on Sanjeev Kapoor’s Web site.  The curry, Kapoor says on his site, “gets its name from the days of the Raj when it used to be served in the railway pantry cars.” The “raj” being a quaint word used by some to describe Britain’s often bloody colonization of India for three centuries.

Whatever. I do like the part about it being served on railway cars because what can be a better setting for food than changing scenery? Besides, the curry really is delicious.For those not familiar with Indian television chefs, Kapoor is India’s first– and perhaps its most successful– one. Apparently he’s called India’s Rachel Ray for having spawned a food empire, but I don’t think that does him any justice– I think of him more as India’s Julia Child, if you know what I mean. A trained chef,  Kapoor comes up with some pretty great recipes. In fact, I can’t think of a single recipe of his that I’ve tried and not liked.

I used mushrooms to substitute for the mutton in the curry, and they were pretty great. With some rotis to scoop it up, it was a fabulous weeknight meal. The curry would also be great with rice and some tofu raita.

Gotta run now coz it’s a busy day. Enjoy, all!
Spicy Mushroom Curry

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Railway Mushroom Curry
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 8
  • 1 8-oz package of mushrooms, quartered (I used cremini. Feel free to use button or even shiitake)
  • 2 tsp canola or other vegetable oil
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, chopped
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  1. In a dry, hot skillet, roast the coriander and cumin seeds. Place in a blender.
  2. Heat 1 tsp of oil in the skillet. Add the curry leaves, garlic, ginger, chillies and onions and saute until brown spots appear on the onions. Add to the blender and, when cooler, grind along with the turmeric and some water to make a smooth paste.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet. Add the potatoes and stir-fry for a couple of minutes until they start to turn golden.
  4. Add the mushrooms and and saute until they begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Now add the ground masala and the tomato puree. When the mixture starts to darken and express oil, add 2-3 cups of water and salt.
  6. Cover and cook about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves.
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  1. says

    Train journeys brings back lots of memories of food..some stations have some special food 😉

    Curry looks delicious..Like the way you have called Kapoor as Julia child, not RR..I wonder how Sandra Lee has a show on FN (and how many people make them!)

  2. says

    I have no clue why the food served in Stations or trains tasted so good…curry looks delicious and i have thought Sanjeev kapoor to be India’s Emeril.

  3. says

    The Mushroom curry looks juicy and yummy.The egg curry served in the Indian Railways kitchen and the pantry cars is again another delectable item and has to be tasted and experienced

  4. says

    I know the typical tomato soup served in trains, thought not authentic it tastes the same always !

    I loved the thickness here in mushroom curry.

  5. says

    Sanjeev Kapoor is a wonderful chef and creator….yes,you’re right I’d compare him to Julia Childs, not Rachel Ray!

    Love the name and the look of this recipe….!

    -desi mom/desi dad

  6. says

    Hey, I love the bit under your profile pic – love animals and love great food but like you I don’t mix the two either..

    This recipe is so fab. I’m going to try it tom..

    Most of SK’s recipes I’ve tried are super though once had the opportunity to taste something he made at a show here in Dubai and it was sadly unfortunately quite crap :)

  7. says

    Made i today for dinner, and it was marvelous. Got to say that i used sweet potato instead of the normal one, but hey… tasted fantastic! The strong flavour of the roasted coriander seeds is great. thanks!

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