Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mushroom Malai Tikka

This recipe was put together in a jiffy for my cousin.Since he was travelling back home by train .I decided to prepare him a tiffin for dinner . One look in the refrigerator convinced me to prepare something out of limited stock from the fridge.All that was in there was a packet of mushroom ,coriander leaves and a couple of veggies i had bought to make pasta...Well the end result was quiet yummy and quickly executed... The recipe was requested by my nephew to be put up for him :) he has recently turned into a vegan .

Ingredients For Mushroom Malai Tikka

1pkt White Button Mushrooms( Approx 200gms)
2large Tomatoes de-seed and cut into large cubes
1large onion Cubed
1Red Bell Pepper Cubed
1Yellow Bell Pepper Cubed
1 Green Bell Pepper Cubed
10 cherry tomatoes(optional)
Salt as desired
2 tbsp Malai or Fresh Cream
100 gm Butter
Coriander leaves and lemon wedges for garnishing
Grind to a fine paste
8-10garlic flakes
2" Ginger
10-12 kashmiri Chillies(Or 2tsp red chilly powder)
1/2 tsp Turmeric
2 ripe tomatoes (Steam for 5mins with one small onion)


Step 1:Wash the mushrooms ,pat dry with kitchen towel.Using a chopping board half each mushroom.

Step two: Wash and cube the peppers and tomatoes.
Step 3: In a wok , melt butter and saute onion till it turns slightly pink in colour, add mushrooms and cubed peppers Saute for a while add cherry tomatoes ,cubed tomatoes,add salt . Stir all the veggies till done ..
Step 4: Add the ground paste add water if needed.let the veggies soak in all flavours from the ground masala..add the cream /malai and cook for another minute or two .Adjust seasoning.Garnish with coriander and lemon wedges..Serve Hot with Roti/Naan /or Chapati.

Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms:
Mushrooms are loaded with polysaccharides, phytonutrients that appear to possess potent anti-cancer properties. Specifically, several studies indicate that consuming mushrooms may help to prevent breast cancer. This is attributed to the inhibition of aromatase, an enzyme involved in hyperestrogenemia, a condition characterized by excessive estrogen production. Mushrooms are also high in other antioxidants, such as L-ergothioneine. In fact, mushrooms contain higher levels of this agent than other dietary sources, including liver and wheat germ, and are not depleted during cooking.

According to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease may be included among the health benefits of mushrooms. This assessment is based on research suggesting that niacin-rich foods, like mushrooms, appear to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders by as much as 70 percent. In addition, niacin interrupts the activity of homocysteine, an amino acid associated with elevated cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoarthritis.

Mushrooms are also dense in several nutrients and minerals. In fact, they are an excellent source of iron, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, and zinc. In addition to providing antioxidant value, these nutrients also play a role in enhancing immunity and preventing disease. For instance, zinc is necessary for a variety of enzymatic processes that affect metabolic functioning, including cell division and repair. Studies have shown that an adequate zinc supply is required for wound healing and to stabilize blood glucose levels, an amount that equates to five ounces (141.75 grams) of mushrooms daily.Mushrooms are a rich source of riboflavin, niacin, and selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant that works with vitamin E to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Male health professionals who consumed twice the recommended daily intake of selenium cut their risk of prostate cancer by 65 percent. white button mushrooms can reduce the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.

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