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Serves 4

Adapted from Indian: A Culinary Journey of Discovery, by Mridula Baljekar, this recipe serves 4

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  • 14 oz white button mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (remove seeds for a milder dish)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic or garlic puree
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh chives, for garnish


    1. Wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel, trim the bottom of the stems, and slice into thick slices.
    2. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño, stirring for 5-6 minutes, until the onion is softened but not brown. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, and chile powder, and cook for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, salt and tomato paste, and stir to combine.
    3. Sprinkle the water evenly over the mushrooms and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. The sauce should have thickened, but if it appears runny, cook uncovered for 3-4 more minutes to achieve a nice consistency.
    4. Transfer to a serving dish, sprinkle the chives on top, and serve hot.

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Katherine Bobbin's picture
Katherine Bobbin
1st Aug, 2019
Absolutely delicious. Cooked this for my family and all 5 of us loved it. Thanks poster!
16th Mar, 2019
Great authentic tasty dish. Followed recipe but added coriander not chives. Would probably omit the chilli next time as I prefer this as a mild side dish to a fiery curry. Loved it though!
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Claire Sexton
17th May, 2018
Really good recipe and super simple. Family favourite in our house!
24th Feb, 2018
Great recipe and so easy to make. We had it with a biryani and veggie curry. It got the thumbs up from everyone!
9th Aug, 2017
Made this last night. Really quick and very tasty. We eat a lot of indian food and this will definitely be repeated!
28th Aug, 2016
Do hajis not not require gram flour? Has anyone actually made THIS recipe?
6th Feb, 2017
I'm assuming as you posted this so long ago you have since found out, but, just in case, mushroom bhaji is not like an onion bhaji! It's more like a vegetable curry xx
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25th Sep, 2014
Great recipe, easier than expected and really tasty. Definately one to made again and again!
1st May, 2014
what the hell is a jalapeño pepper? and if i cant get one what can i use in it's place . i take it chile powder is chilli powder ?
9th Aug, 2017
I just put minced red chilli in. Was an excellent dish!


1st May, 2014
what the hell is a jalapeño pepper? and if I cant get one what can i use in it's place . i take it chile powder is chilli powder ?
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