Feb 2, 2015

Methi Mushroom Chukka ~ Chettinad Cuisine

Chukka is a popular Spicy Side Dish in Chettinad Cuisine which means 'Dry Curry'. Usually Chukka recipes are made with Chicken or Mutton or any meat. But today I am bringing the Veggie Version of Chukka made with Mushrooms and Methi leaves for all the vegetarian lovers. In any Chukka recipe, the main ingredients are coated with curry spices first, then simmered with onions and lot of garlic along with Masala Spices, until all the water evaporates which yields to dry curry. The uniqueness of this dish lies in it's process, the meat or veggies will get all the spicy and masala flavors while getting simmered on slow heat. Oh my God my mouth is watering already! Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Methi Mushroom Chukka

Mushrooms  - 1 cup ( I have used Brown Bella Mushroom)
Methi Leaves - 1 cup (Fresh Fenugreek Leaves)
Onion - 1/2 small
Red Chili - 2
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic Cloves - 6
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp

Preparatory Steps:

  • First pat dry all the mushrooms with wet cloth and take out any dirt and clean them. Remove the stem from the bottom. Slice vertically into thin slices. 
  • Add red chili powder, salt and turmeric powder to mushrooms and keep it aside.

  1. Heat Nonstick pan on the stove and add Oil. Once the oil is hot. Add Red chili and Cumin seeds. As they start spluttering add chopped garlic. Let it simmer for 2 min so that the oil gets infused with garlic spice. 
  2. Now add the chopped onion slices and mix it well. sauté for 2 min.
  3. Add the mushrom marinade to the pan and keep on stir frying on medium high. Mushroom leaves lot of water so keep on stir-frying until it becomes dry. Finally add fresh methi leaves to the pan and stir-fry until the leaves are wilted and mixed into mushrooms. You need to stir fry for at least 5 to 7 minutes or until it becomes dry. 
  4. Switch off the Stove and transfer this into serving bowl and serve warm.
Take a Close Peek!
This will be good to serve with Roti or Rice or as an appetizer or as exotic side dish!


  • Today I did not add any masala spices in this dish as masala spices can be harsh on mushrooms. But if you prepare the Chukka with Chicken or Mutton you will be adding some ginger garlic paste and some ground masala to the meat while simmering or stir-frying so that the masala will sink into meat.

will be back with another new dish
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