‘Kadhai’ Mushroom Curry
‘Kadhai’ is a thick and heavy bottomed traditional iron wok, used in Indian cooking.A kadhai wok is deeper and narrower than the familiar Japanese or Chinese woks. Using very little, or more often, no water, the idea is to cook all the ingredients together in a tomato-based sauce with a savory mixture of garlic and other assorted spices. The ingredients cook in their natural juices as they are stirred,which adds to the flavor of the dish.Over time & repeated use, a ‘Kadhai’ becomes well seasoned and is an asset to any kitchen, simply because of the ease of cooking any dish in it, because it spreads the flavor at the same time the ingredients are well coated with the spices.It’s no wonder that ‘Kadhai’ cooking is quickly catching on as a new trend in the culinary world.
Its the first day of Summer, so off to the Farmer’s market I went early this morning to get the fresh produce grown in the local farms around here.Needless to say, the colors, the smell, the sounds of the Farmer’s market brought all of Summer rushing by , and armed with a bagful of goodies, I returned home a satisfied person. The ‘organic sigh’ escaped me when it came to arranging all the veggies , the fruits & the greens in the refrigerator, my hunger pangs grew louder as I finished the chore.What could I do in a jiffy, which was still yummy & still took little time to prepare, off course the ever friendly mushrooms! …thus ‘Kadhai’ Mushroom was born in my kitchen grin emoticon
It took me 20 minutes from start to finish & before I knew it , we were having a hearty meal.It goes very well with flat breads like chapatis or naan.Enjoy!