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Malaysian mushroom korma in white bowl with cilantro garnish and spoon.
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5 from 9 votes

Malaysian Mushroom Korma

Malaysian Mushroom Korma is a beautiful curry, full of rich flavor, and it works for either a weeknight dinner or a special meal with family or friends.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Curry
Cuisine: Malaysian, Soy-free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 134kcal


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (grated)
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro (optional)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ cup vegan yogurt
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 24 oz mushrooms (shiitake, portabella, crimini, oysters are all wonderful. Chop or slice the mushrooms according to your preference. If you use dry wild mushrooms, be sure to reconstitute them in hot water and reserve the stock to use in the curry)
  • 2 medium potatoes (cubed)
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Spice paste:

  • 4 shallots (or 1 medium red onion, chopped)
  • 6 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 inch piece ginger (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoon cayenne (optional -- if you can't tolerate too much heat, leave this out because the peppercorns and the garam masala will add some heat)


  • Place the ingredients for the spice paste in a blender and using just as much water as is necessary, process to a thick, smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan.
  • Add the onions, cilantro if using, ginger and garlic and a pinch of salt. Saute until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the garam masala and stir to mix.
  • Add the spice paste and stir well. Cook, on medium-low heat, stirring frequently to keep the paste from sticking to the bottom. Cook about 10 minutes or until the paste is quite fragrant.
  • Add the yogurt, potatoes and mushrooms. Mix well. Don't add water at this point even if you think the curry looks dry because the mushrooms will express water, especially if you're using fresh mushrooms. If using dry mushrooms, add ½ to 1 cup of the mushroom stock -- the water remaining after you reconstitute the mushrooms.
  • Cover and let the korma cook another 10 minutes. Check after five minutes to make sure there is enough liquid in the pot. If necessary, add some water or vegetable stock to thin out the korma to the consistency you like.
  • Add the coconut milk and warm through before turning off the heat.
  • Serve hot or warm. The korma tastes even better the next day!


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3.2mg