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Pepper Mushroom Masala

- Submitted by Dahlia on 9th Jan 2008

(Mushroom Pepper Masala Dry, Pepper Mushroom Fry, Kalan Masala, Koonu Masala, Khumb Masala, Guchhi Masala)

Pepper Mushroom Masala

Pepper mushroom masala is a very tasty, spicy vegetarian side dish made with button mushroom. Its a very popular dish in restaurants in India. I love the flavor of mushroom when combined with pepper and garlic. Its like a match made in heaven.

Mushrooms are commonly referred to as the Vegetarian Meat because of its unique texture. Though it tastes like meat, its a lot healthier than meat. It is full of protein but without the fat. So people who are looking after their cholesterol level can include more of mushrooms in their diet. Even in this preparation, it tastes just like some meat cooked with pepper masala. 

I know of many of my vegetarian friends who suffer from protein deficiency. Even though they include lentils on a regular basis in their diet, it is not sufficient to meet their daily protein requirements. You may have to include other sources of protein like soya, mushroom etc. as part of your everyday meal. So mushroom is a very good choice. However, due to its meaty texture there are some vegetarians who do not like it. If you are planning to try mushroom for the first time, just combine it with some of your favorite vegetable like potato or capsicum. Slowly you will start loving this vegetable.


  • Mushroom - 1 lb
  • Onion - 1 big or 2 small
  • Tomato - 1 big or 2 small
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 4 cloves (crushed)
  • Green chilly - 1
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Garam masala - a pinch
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 lemon
  • Cilantro - for garnish

Ingredients - 2

  • Garlic - 4
  • Pepper - 2 tsp (or add as per your heat level)
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp


  1. Chop all the ingredients and keep it ready.

    Pepper Mushroom Masala Steps

  2. Coarsely grind the ingredients from list-2 and keep aside.

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  3. Heat oil in a pan and crackle some mustard seeds and cumin seeds.

    Pepper Mushroom Masala Steps

  4. Add some onions, curry leaves and green chili. Cook till they are soft.

    Pepper Mushroom Masala Steps

  5. Add the ginger garlic paste followed by the chopped tomatoes. 

    Pepper Mushroom Masala Steps

  6. Next add all the dry spices - turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala.  Let everything cook together till nice masala is formed.

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  7. Add the mushrooms and cook it covered with little water. Mushrooms have a lot of water inside so very little water is needed to cook them.

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  8. After about 5 minutes, open the lid and cook uncovered till all the water evaporates. After that add the above ground mixture.
  9. Pepper Mushroom Masala Steps

  10. Sprinkle few drops of lemon juice and toss everything together. Fry for a minute and switch off. If you like it spicier, you can add some more pepper powder.
  11. Finally, garnish with chopped cilantro. Mushroom pepper masala is ready to be served.

    Pepper Mushroom Masala Steps

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve the spicy pepper mushroom masala with white rice, any variety rice or roti.

Pepper Mushroom Masala

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Comments (4)

Person   ()
I tried this dish today. It turned out to be really amazing. The recipe is very simple but the final result turns out to amazing. Thank you for sharing such a nice recipe.
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Thanks for leaving your comments. Next time you make it, do take a picture and send it to I will post it in our social media.
Person   ()
this recipe came out very tasty. thank you.
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Nice to hear that... Thank you.

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Comment by Pamela Dasgupta
Hey,I tried mushroom for the first time with this recipe of yours. It was really tasty...

Reply :-
Thank You. Glad that you liked it.

Comment by Namagiri Sridhar
When to add salt?

Reply :-
Add the salt when you add all the other spices.

Comment by Meera Viswanathan
Hi Dahlia,
Is there any special precaution to be taken while cleaning mushrooms? I have heard different versions of elaborate cleaning and hence have been wary of trying out any mushroom dish so far. Should simple wiping the tops of the mushrooms be sufficient or anything else?

Reply :-
Hi Meera, I just wipe the mushrooms with a clean kitchen cloth. I think that is sufficient. Nowadays mushrooms are cultivated and hence is very clean.

Comment by Uthara Muruga
I tried the Pepper mushroom masala and it was excellent.

Reply :-
Thank You Uthara.

Comment by bhramara madduri on 10 August 2009 10:46AM
Wish to try out healthy veg recipes

Reply :-
Yes. Do try it. It is healthy as well as tasty..

Comments by sree niranchini on 16 April 2009 07:57AM
this dish is really superb.. i tried it out n just came directly to mail u this comment.. u r gr8... please upload many recipes,so that i can get more love from my hubby

Reply :-
Thank You Sree. Will surely upload lots of recipes.

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