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Mushroom Fry

 Published 2007-Oct-29   Updated 2018-Apr-30

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Goan Mushroom Chili Fry, Mushroom Pepper Fry, Kalan Varuval, Gucchi Fry, Mushroom Dry Dish)

Mushroom Fry is a no-fuss quick recipe that can be made with any kind of mushrooms. This stir fry is popular in Goa and is known as Mushroom Chili Fry. In South Indian, it is commonly known as Mushroom Pepper Fry

It requires very few ingredients and can be made in a jiffy. The spiciness of the mushrooms come mainly from the combination of green chilies and black pepper powder, which makes this dish very tasty. You have to try it once to believe how easy it it to prepare this restaurant style mushroom fry at home.

I have made this fry with white button mushrooms since that is what I had with me. You can make with any type of mushrooms available. My favorite is the meaty baby portabella mushrooms.

This mushroom chili fry can be served as an appetizer or as a stuffing to make wraps, sandwiches etc. It also makes an excellent side dish for rice or roti. So here comes the recipe..

Recipe For Mushroom Fry

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time:10 minutes
Serves : 2-4 (depending on how you serve)


  • Mushroom – ½ lb
  • Onion – 1 ( cut lengthwise)
  • Garlic - 3-4 cloves (finely chopped)
  • Green Chilies - 2 or 3 (slit)
  • Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp 
  • Black Pepper powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander Leaves (Cilantro) - for garnishing

For Tempering

  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - few 


  1. Clean the mushroom by wiping with a damp kitchen towel. I prefer not to wash it with water as the mushroom has lot of moisture in itself. Any extra water used for washing makes it difficult to fry.
  2. Chop the mushrooms vertically into thin slices to retain the mushroom shape.
  3. Now heat oil in a kadai or deep sauce pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  4. When the mustard seeds pop, add the sliced onions, green chilies and chopped garlic. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
  5. Next add the mushrooms and fry on medium flame for about 6 minutes or until all the moisture from the mushrooms dries up.
  6. Now add salt, red chilly powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder and garam masala. Sometimes, I like to add 1/4 cup of sliced capsicum (bell peppers) at this stage to make the dish colorful but it is optional.
  7. Fry everything for another 2-4 minutes till the mushroom pieces are nicely browned. 
  8. Switch off and take it in a serving dish. Garnish with coriander leaves and a piece of lemon. Mushroom chili fry or mushroom pepper fry is ready to serve.

Mushroom Fry

Detailed Mushroom Fry Preparation Steps

Chop the ½ pound of mushroom vertically into thin slices. Slice one onion, mince couple of cloves of garlic and slit the green chilies. Keep them ready.

Mushroom Fry Preparation Step

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a deep sauce pan or in a kadai. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.

Mushroom Fry Preparation Step

Once the seeds start popping, add the sliced onions, slit green chilies and garlic.

Mushroom Fry Preparation Step

Sauté till the onions turn translucent. .

Mushroom Fry Preparation Step

Now it’s time to add the sliced mushrooms. Fry the mushrooms in medium flame for about 6 minutes. The liquid that comes out of the mushrooms dries out and it reduces to half its original size.

Mushroom Fry Preparation Step

Add salt per your taste, 1/2 tsp of red chilly powder, 1 tsp of black pepper powder, ¼ tsp of turmeric powder and ¼ tsp of garam masala. Increase or decrease the spices according to your taste.

Mushroom Fry Preparation Step

Sauté everything for another 2 minutes and turn off the stove. The spicy mushroom pepper fry is ready. Before serving you can garnish the dish with coriander leaves.

Mushroom Fry Preparation Step

Serving Suggestion

  • You can serve the mushroom fry with any variety rice or with white rice and some curry.
  • It also goes well with any roti varieties.
  • It can be served with pav buns, sandwich bread or stuffed in wraps or pita breads. This makes a great filling.
  • I also like to use this to toss with pasta or lasagna or use it as a topping when making a burger meal.

Mushroom Fry

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Comments (26)

Person   ()
Awesome!!tried it out . My son and husband liked it very much. THANK YOU for!!
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Thats great to hear.Have a great day.
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Simple,easy& tasty Mushroom recipe..
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Thank You.
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Simple and tasty! Thanks
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Thank you.
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★★★★☆ Very simple and easy to made. Mushroom Fry tastes really good even made at home!
Thanks for sharing this recipe ::
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Thank You.
Person   ()
Hi Dhaila,
How are u? I tried your mushroom fry and it was very delicious. Really a useful website for me.
Nilofer parthiban
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Thanks Nilofer.
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its awesome nice to eat enjoyed it
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its very very tasty. Really good
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Thank You Meena.
Person   ()
Hi dahlia, my family and I love mushrooms. Could you please let me know what kind of mushrooms I could use for pepper mushroom masala and mushroom fry. Could I use tinned button mushrooms instead if fresh white mushrooms. Thank you so much for your fantastic recipes. I have tried some of your recipes and really enjoyed them. Could you please add me to your mailing list. Thanks once again Dhalia.
Person   ()
You can use any kind of fresh mushrooms for this recipe. I have never used tinned ones and so I'm not sure of its taste.
I've sent you the invitation to join the mailing group. Thanks for your interest.
Person   ()
hi how are u.i saw all your recp ,i so nice and i need help from u .i need tofu recipe for kids.not smoothie,partha,stirfry.
Person   ()
Hi Krithy, You can make tofu parathas. Just grate/scramble the tofu and mix it with chappatti flour. Knead the dough and make rotis. You could also make a simple tofu stir-fry ( with little or no sauce. Another option is to make Tofu pasta (
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Thanks excellent
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Thanks for the information
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You are welcome.
Person   ()
Good and a simple dish.
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Yes. Try it.
Person   ()
you should have dressed it properly
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Trying to improve in that aspect. Thanks.
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Simple and Superb Mushrom recipe
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Thank You.

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