Chettinadu kaalan kuzhambu/ chettinad mushroom masala

Happy new year 2012 to everyone. 2011 was a wonderful and memorable year for me. My son kk Jr's entry into my world made me a new woman with lots of new hopes and challenges. He is going to be 1year old soon. It just makes me proud when i look back the days as i had several sleepless nights and sweet burdens just like every mother. i thank the Almighty for all His blessings and lessons he taught me through the last six months of my life. It definitely has transformed me into a stronger woman with more courage, more patience and even more pious than before.

I wish i blog more recipes this year and be more active in the blogging world. Coming to the recipe which i am going to post today.. i got really bored with the usual mushroom curries i make for rotis. i wanted it to be more spicy and flavorful. I wanted to cook it in village style. So tried this chettinad style of cooking.


chopped Mushroom 500g

A. To dry roast and grind

cinnamon 1 inch
cloves 2
fennel seeds 2tsp
mace powder 1/2tsp
bay leaves 1
star anise 1

B. To dry roast and grind

coriander seeds 3tbsp
red chilles 3
cumin seeds 2tsp
pottu kadalai 1tbsp
mint/ pudina 8 leaves
black peppercorns 1tsp

C. To fry in oil and grind

Big Onion chopped 1 no
Tomato 1 no
chopped Ginger 1 inch
garlic 5 pods
canola oil/ olive oil 1tbsp

For seasoning

canola oil/ olive oil 1tbsp
mustards 1tsp
curry leaves 6 leaves

  • Dry roast all the spice items in the ingredients A list, powder it and keep it aside,
  • Dry roast all the items in the ingredients B list, powder it and keep it separately.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and fry onions till it turns golden brown. fry ginger and garlic in it. Finally add chopped tomatoes to it and fry well. Add the powdered ingredients B list i.e. coriander seeds, red chillies, etc to the onion mixture and fry well.
  • Now grind the mixture in a blender.
  • Again, Heat 1tbsp of oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds in it along with curry leaves.
  • Add the spice powder in A list to it. Fry well. Add chopped mushrooms to it and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the blended onion masala mixture along with some salt to taste to the pan and fry till oil separates from the sides.
  • cook for about 5 minutes. Finally add some coriander leaves. serve chettinad mushroom masala with rice or rotis


  1. Very delicious and tasty looking mushroom masala. Outstanding pics.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. I love mushrooms and it is always nice to have them in a spicy preparation..:))
    Good one..

  3. Simply cant take my eyes from ur click..delicious and fingerlicking kuzhambu.


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