Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mushroom And Spring Onion Songa.

Mushrooms and Spring Onion Songa ......... A Spicy Curry With Fresh Mushrooms And Spring Onions ........

Potato songa is a well known semi dry dish in GSB / Konkani Saraswat houses. It is a perfect combination with any dish you wish to serve, be it dalitoy and rice or roti, paratha, poori. The dish goes so well with shevai, that in my house we always make this both as a combination. Do try this combination of Mushroom Songa and Shevai. 

Wash, clean and slice about 20 fresh mushrooms. Keep this ready aside. 

Wash and drain abou 8-10 spring onions. Chope the white onion bulb part and also the green leafy parts and keep them ready separately aside.

Peel and finely chop 2 large onions and keep them ready.

Chop and grind to a fine puree 2-3 medium sized tomatoes. Keep this also ready aside.

Masala to be ground : Grind to a fine paste, 1 heaped tablespoon of freshly grated coconut with 12 – 15 kashmiri red chillies (plus or minus depending upon individual preference), a very samll marble sized tamarind and 1 tbslp coriander seeds. 

Heat ½ cup of refined oil in a thick bottomed kadai. When hot lower the heat and add in the finely chopped along with the chopped onion bulbs and fry till brownish in colour, now add 1 tsp of kashmiri chilli powder and fry for a seccond, then add the leafy portion of cut spring onions and the sliced mushrooms. Add in some water (about ¼ cup) and mix well. Cover and cook till the mushrooms get cooked.

Now add in the ground masala and salt to taste and mix well. Add water only if necessary. This is a semi dry gravy masala dish, so do not add water in excess. Cover and cook on low heat for a good 15-20 minutes, while stirring in between to ensure that it does not get burnt at the bottom. The gravy and mushrooms should blend in well and a nice aroma should fill the room. Remove and serve with poori, roti, dal-chawal or shevai. Serving Shevai with Potato Songa is a tradition in my family. I try to make different types of songas and serve with shevai. This is one of them. Mushroom Songa and Shevai is an awesome combination.

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