How to Cook Mushroom Indian Style: Kumbhi Changezi

How to Cook Mushroom Indian Style: Kumbhi Changezi

When we say mushroom, we think of Chinese preparations or soups. But, we have all wondered, at some point, if there are mushroom dishes Indian diners can enjoy. I hardly find mushroom gravy recipes on the restaurant menus. I have always wanted to enjoy some veg recipes of India which highlight this lovely item. 100 gm of white mushrooms contains 3.1 gm of protein, 0.3 gm fat, and 3.3 gm of carbs. It’s loaded with potassium, along with other nutrients. Then, why skip this healthy option for vegetarians?

How to Cook Mushroom Indian Style 2018: JustODThings

How to Cook Mushroom Indian Style

A few days ago, I came across a chicken recipe on Facebook, called Chicken Changezi. I wanted to cook it; but then I found that some mushrooms in the refrigerator were gradually turning brown. So, I decided to simplify the recipe slightly, and give the veggie lovers a recipe of mushroom gravy for chapathi and rice. So here’s how to cook mushroom Indian style: presenting, Kumbhi Changezi!

How to Cook Mushroom Indian Style: Kumbhi Changezi


1. Mushrooms: 500 gm

2. Oil: 2 tbsp

3. Ghee: 2 tbsp

4. Cashew Nuts: 1 cup

5. Tomatoes: 1 large

6. Onions: 2 medium

7. Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder: 1 tbsp

8. Turmeric: 1/2 tsp

9. Ginger/Garlic Paste: 1 tbsp

10. Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black Pepper: whole, 5-6 pieces of each

11. Coriander Seeds: 1 tsp

12. Cumin Seeds: 1 tsp

13. Yoghurt: 1/2 cup

14. Dried Red Chilli: 1-2

15. Dried Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi): Half cup

16. Salt to taste

17. Garam Masala powder, 1/2 tsp

How to Cook Mushroom Indian Style - Indian Mushroom Recipe 2018: JustODThings

How to Cook Mushroom Indian Style – Indian Mushroom Recipe


1. Heat up your pan, and add a tsp of oil, and a tsp of ghee. Add chopped onions, and sweat them.

2. Add the nuts and keep toasting them till they turn slightly golden. You can add almonds, though I skipped them, and used the cashews I had at home. If the onions start to look too brown, add a little bit of oil or ghee.

3. Add the chopped tomatoes, and keep stirring, till they become soft.

4. Take the pan off the heat. Put the entire mix in the mixer, and give it a whizz to turn it into a fine paste.

5. In the pan, add a tbsp of oil and half a spoon of ghee. Add the ginger-garlic paste, along with the red chilli and turmeric powders, and half of the whole spices. Add the red chillies.

6. When the spices start to look soft, add the chopped up mushrooms. Stir them well so that the spices start to coat the pieces.

7. When the mushrooms start to release water, add the onion-tomato-cashew paste to the pan, and mix well.

8. Beat the yoghurt in a cup with a fork, so that there are no lumps, and add it to the mushrooms. Sprinkle some salt.

9. Once the mushrooms are coated in the mix, slowly add a cup of water. Then, cover the pan and let it all simmer for about 5 min.

10. Remove the cover. Now, add the kasuri methi leaves and half a tsp of garam masala, and give it a stir. Cover again and let it simmer, till the mushrooms become softer.

11. Add half a tbsp of ghee, and remove the pan from the heat.

Your dish is ready!

How to Cook Mushroom Indian Style - Kumbhi Changezi: JustODThings

How to Cook Mushroom Indian Style – Kumbhi Changezi

I’m not sure if this looks like one of the easy mushroom recipes, because of the list of ingredients. But trust me, you can put it on the plate in less than half an hour. Any kind of mushroom works well in this Indian style mushroom gravy. I personally prefer to use oyster mushrooms for this recipe, because they have a slightly meaty texture. But then again, my brother prefers the regular ones in this Indian mushroom recipe.

So now you know how to cook mushroom Indian style, and put those mushrooms browning away in the fridge to good use. I think this is one of the best mushroom recipes for chapathi, parantha, or any Indian bread. If you’re a “bheto” Bangali like me who can’t do without rice, I’m sure you’ll like this dish. It’s a mouth-watering Indian mushroom gravy for rice and pulao. Don’t forget to let me know if you like this recipe, and share it with your friends.


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