One evening, while doing my routine household work I opened the refrigerator and picked up a packet of mushrooms. A random thought crossed my mind - can I treat these mushrooms differently ? Can I try something new; something rich; but with the mundane items and surprise my husband. 

I visualized a couple of rich dishes like malai panneer, malai kofta. This brought the idea to my mind that besides mushroom, cream (malai) has to be the other base ingredient. Now the question was mushroom and cream have to be accompanied with another ingredient which could add taste and flavour to make the dish complete. As with cream one cannot use much spice, the idea of methi struck my mind. Methi malai is a popular base in northern part of the country, where I come from. Further I decided to add corn and capsicum also (which are popular these days). Now I could think of other ingredients and complete the recipe and decided the name as " Methi Malai Mushroom ".

Ingredients:

1 Cup mushrooms : cut into pieces

1/2 Cup Corn

1 Green Capsicum: cut into slices

2 Onions

2 Grinded Tomatoes

1 Spoon Ginger garlic paste

1 Spoon dry Kasuri Methi

Chopped coriander leaves

2 Green Chillies

1/2 spoon zeera powder

1 spoon sugar

3-4 Table spoons of refined Oil

1 Spoon red chili powder

1/4 spoon turmeric powder

2-3 Spoons of fresh creme

Salt to Taste

Preparation:

Take a cooking pan, pour 3 to 4 table spoons of refined oil, put ginger garlic paste and onions. Fry them till they get pink in colour.

Add tomato puree and salt along with red chili powder, turmeric and zeera powder. Fry this mixture for 5 to 8 minutes and then add corn and mushrooms.

Keep the pan covered till its half cooked.

Cut the capsicum in slices and add to it and again cook it for 5 mins over a low flame. The sliced capsicum gives the green quotient to the dish.

Lastly, add fresh cream, kasuri methi with one spoon sugar and cook it for 2 to 3 mins.

Garnish the dish with coriander with green chillies.

The entire cooking time took about 20 minutes. The delicious "Methi Mali Mushroom" is now ready to serve.

This dish can be accompanied with any kind of bread such as Roti, Tawa paratha, Chapathi, Naan, Lachha parantha, Kulch. As this recipe is rich, it qualifies to be prepared when some guests are around or you are inviting vegetarians for lunch or dinner .

Now, I must mention that the experiment was successful as I got many compliments from guests and many of my friends have taken the recipe and were successfull in trying as they found it simple to prepare. 

Hope you too will find  the recipe interesting :-) . Will be looking forward for your comments.

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