Weekend Cook Book: Buttery Garlic Mushrooms

Weekend Cook Book: Buttery Garlic Mushrooms

Butter-garlic mushroom is a popular side dish at most restaurants. It's popular because of the distinct umami taste that the mushrooms have. The word umami is Japanese in origin; it means ‘pleasant savoury taste’.

This dish is simple to make and can be included in any diet plan regularly as the mushrooms are high in nutrients and low in calories.

Health Benefits:

1) Button Mushrooms are a rich source of protein.

2) They help in the absorption of calcium in the body.

3) It's rich in vitamin B12 (a vitamin obtained from the animals), so vegetarians can eat it regularly.

4) It’s a fungi vegetable that boosts the immune system.

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Serves : 3

Ingredients :

1)3 small cubes of Unsalted butter

2)15– 20 Button Mushrooms or 250 gms

3)1 medium finely chopped onion

4) 8 -10 Garlic cloves

5)1 tsp white vinegar

6)½ tsp black pepper

7)¼ tsp Salt

8)2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

Method :

1) Clean the mushrooms and dry them on a kitchen towel.

2) Now, in a frying pan, heat little oil and then add the butter.

3) After the butter has melted completely .Add the chopped onion and sauté until they soften.

4) As the onions turn soft, throw in the mushrooms and sauté again.

5) Keep cooking the mushrooms on a medium to high flame for at least 5 – 6 mins, gradually add the chopped garlic and stir again; cook for another 2- 3 mins.

6) By now, the mushrooms would have turned a little brown, add a teaspoon of vinegar and mix well the mushrooms.

7) After this, add the salt, pepper and mix again.

8) Just before turning off the flame, add the coriander leaves and serve hot on a flat dish.

Tips:

1) Always clean the mushroom by first scrubbing them with some salt, then wash them with running water and dry them on a kitchen towel.

2) You could either sauté the mushrooms as whole or cut them half.

2) Adding a little oil to the butter prevents it from burning and also gives a nice brown color and some crunch to the mushroom.

3) As the mushrooms contain tons of water in them, cooking them on a medium-high flame evaporates the water which, seeps out while cooking.

4) These buttery mushrooms can be served, along with toast, used to make an omelette or could be served as just an appetizer.

(The writer is a home cook based in Lucknow)

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