Mushroom and Pea Kheema Recipe


Fresh India 130 Quick, Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Recipes for Every DayMy father lives just on the edge of what we consider to be normal. He prefers icing sugar in his tea, has the buttons of his back pockets removed (for fear of damaging his car upholstery), and keeps a logbook of when he waters the plants. One time, he accidentally spread mushroom compost over the lawn and we ate mushrooms in every conceivable way for months. If you find yourself in a similar situation, this is a satisfying and delicious way to make use of them.

  • Yield: 4 Servings (as a main course)


  • 1 kg chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
  • 2 red onions, finely diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3 cm ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1½ green finger chillies, finely chopped
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 0.33 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 250 g peas (fresh or defrosted)
  • 8 bread buns
  • a handful of chopped fresh coriander leaves
How to Make It
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.
  2. Dust any soil from your mushrooms using kitchen paper, and break up any very large ones using your hands, then pulse in batches in the food processor until the mushrooms are chopped to lentil-size.
  3. Put the butter and oil into a large lidded frying pan over a medium heat and, when hot, add the crushed cumin seeds and three-quarters of the red onions. Cook for around 10 minutes, then add the garlic, ginger and green chillies. Cook for another 3 minutes, then add the tomatoes and cover with the lid.
  4. Cook for around 10 minutes, until all the water has evaporated and it looks quite thick and paste-like, then add the mushrooms. They might initially take up an alarming amount of space in the pan, but will reduce as they cook. Stir gently and cook for around 5 minutes. Add the garam masala, salt, black pepper and turmeric, and cook for another 5 minutes, then add the peas. Heat the peas through, check the salt and take off the heat.
  5. To serve, pop the buns into the oven for 5 minutes, or until crispy. Slice off the top, hollow out the bread rolls and spoon the kheema in. Sprinkle over with fresh coriander and the remaining red onion, pop the tops back on, and eat immediately.

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