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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Stuffed Mushroom Tikka

I have always struggled with cooking Mushrooms in the initial years of my cooking. Every time I made a subji ( side dish), it would run watery and I had almost given up on making the vegetable at home. Then I chanced upon an article on the right way of cooking Mushrooms and I got back to making them again at home, and that too with near perfection. That said, this recipe is a starter and though a lot of steps are involved, they are pretty simple. Serve it at home to make a simple meal special, or serve it at a party for friends asking you the recipe. You can bake, Tava roast or deep fry the tikkas. Let's get to the recipe right away.

PREP TIME: 20 Mins+ Marination 1hr       COOK TIME: 30Mins
TOTAL TIME:1 hr 50 Mins                                COURSE:  MAIN 
CUISINE: SOUTH INDIAN                         SERVINGS: 4
                                                                    AUTHOR: Rajni Ram

Button Mushrooms 1 packet
Paneer/ cottage cheese 200 gms grated
Gram flour/ Besan 1 cup
curd 1 cup
Fresh coriander 1tbsp finely chopped
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder 2 tsp( 1 tsp each for filling and tikka mix)
Coriander Powder 2 tsp( 1 tsp each for filling and tikka mix) 
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Chat Masala 1/2 tsp 
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp
Green Chilli 2 finely chopped
Mushroom stalks finely chopped

Mushroom Preparation:
Wash the Mushrooms well under running water and pat them dry with an absorbent towel. Gently break away the stalks from the mushroom. Chop the stalks finely and keep them aside( we will use it for the filling).

Directions for the tikka mix:
In a dish take the curd and add all the dry spices- salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala( don't add the chat masala), and mix nicely. Add the gram flour little by little and make a thick batter. Don't add any water the curd will be enough. You can add 1 tsp lemon juice if you like a little sourness, this is totally optional. Don't add the lemon juice if the curd is sour. Keep aside. 

Directions for filling:
   Crumble the paneer or grate it. In a Karahi or pan take 1 tbsp oil and heat it. To this add turmeric and chopped green chillies and saute. Put in the chopped Mushroom stalks and saute on high flame. The mushroom will release water and dry out again. Now add the crumbled paneer to this and mix. Add salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, and chat masala. Saute well. Add the finely chopped coriander and turn off the stove. Allow the mixture to cool.

Overall directions:
 Fill the mixture into the mushroom caps. Fill up to the brim and gently press so that they get packed. Coat each mushroom with the prepared batter nicely and arrange on a plate filling side up. If not serving immediately you can refrigerate it and then either bake it, Tava roast it or deep fry it.

If BAKING, Preheat oven to 180 degrees,  grease a tray and bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Since microwaves have temperature variations, look out for doneness between 20 to 30 minutes. Arrange mushroom on a baking tray, facing the filling side up. Midway stop and turn over the mushroom to the other side and continue baking. When the mushrooms turn a golden brown and the batter is not raw, the mushrooms are done.

If TAVA ROASTING, drizzle oil on the Tava and heat. Arrange the mushrooms Filling side down. For this method, you should have coated the mushrooms well with the batter. Once a side is done flip it over and cook the other side.  

If DEEP FRYING,  take a small quantity of oil in a Karahi and heat it. Drop the mushrooms gently a few at a time, the filling side facing up. In a few seconds gently turn over and cook the other side. Once they are golden in colour, remove from oil and place on kitchen tissues. This method needs the batter to be coated well on the mushrooms or the filling could spill into the oil.  Arrange the Mushrooms In a tray/ plate and decorate with cheese shreddings. sprinkle some chat masala and the Mushroom Tikkas are ready to pop in. Enjoy. Bon Appetit.


  1. Assemble all ingredients for the filling, batter and Mushrooms stalk removed.

2. For the filling crumble the paneer. Heat a karahi, pour oil and heat. Put in the green chillies, turmeric, and the mushroom stalks and fry on high heat until mushrooms release water and become dry again. now add the crumbled paneer and all the dry spices, and mix well. Add the finely chopped fresh coriander and put off the stove. allow the mixture to cool.

3. For the batter take the curd in a dish and add all dry spices mentioned in ingredients, add salt, and mix. Add the gram flour/ Besan little by little until you have a thick batter. 

4. Fill the mushroom caps with the filling and set aside. Now coat each mushroom well with the batter. Place them Filling side facing up in a tray.

5. To bake them preheat oven to 180 degrees, grease a tray and arrange the mushrooms, filling side up and bake at 180 degrees for approximately 30 mins. Midway turn around the mushrooms and continue to bake until they are done. They will turn golden brown.

You can also cook them on a Tava or deep fry them. The method is mentioned above. I have baked them in this recipe.  


1. If the mushrooms are large, it's better so that you can fill them up well.
2. This recipe is good to prepare ahead and bake or fry just before serving.
3. In case you prepare it ahead, then keep them refrigerated until half an hour to serve. From the refrigerator, they can directly be popped into the oven.
4. Serve it as a snack with some green chutney or as a starter with mint curd dip.
5. Garnish with grated cheese. 

If you tried this recipe and liked it please comment below. I would love to hear from you. 

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