Mushroom Fry (Goan Style)

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This Goan style Mushroom Fry recipe is the simplest way to use mushrooms and turn them into a quick, delicious dish. Fresh succulent button mushrooms are sautéed with onions, green chilies and some spices in this Mushroom Fry. The dish is as easy to make as it sounds. Give this a try, because I know you’re going to love it.

mushroom fry in a white bowl

More on this Mushroom Fry

This recipe of Mushroom Fry is a Goan special and called Mushroom Chilli Fry. Don’t confuse it with the Indo-Chinese Chilli Mushroom recipe. Both the recipes are completely unique and different like chalk and cheese.

This Mushroom Fry recipe is inspired by my mother’s Prawn Chili Fry, where all that I have done is to substitute the prawns with fresh button mushrooms.

Not a lot of green chilies are used in this Mushroom Fry. Just 2 to 3 green chilies with onions. So, there is a subtle sweetness from the onions and hint of warmth from the green chilies and spices.

Similar recipes that I make with button mushrooms are:

Mushroom Fry is a completely hassle-free dish and goes great with a lot of accompaniments. It is perfect for days when you are very busy or are tired. You’ll have to try it to know what I’m exactly saying. And thank me later!

mushroom chilli fry recipe

I usually serve this Mushroom Fry with homemade Brown Bread, White Bread or Pav (Indian dinner rolls). I also served it once with the Black Sesame Masala Bread and it was just fab! Sometimes I also accompany it with the everyday dal for a comforting meal.

You can also serve this Mushroom Fry as a starter in your parties or with Naan and roti. Another interesting way of consuming this Mushroom Fry is that you can use this as a stuffing for rolls, wraps and tortillas. Makes for a quick tiffin food as well.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Mushroom Fry

1. Rinse 250 grams button mushrooms a couple of times in water and then drain well. Gently remove any traces of soil from the mushrooms with your fingers while rinsing them with the water.

rinsing mushrooms in water

2. Chop the mushrooms and keep aside. Trim a small portion of the base stalks while chopping them. Discard these base stalks.

chopping mushrooms

3. Slice 1 large or 2 medium-sized onions thinly (about ¾ to 1 cup thinly sliced onions). Slit 2 to 3 green chilies. Also, measure and keep all the ingredients ready.

measured ingredients ready for mushroom fry

4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan or kadai (wok). Add the sliced onions.

adding sliced onions to hot oil in pan

5. This process of cooking onions takes a lot of time. So, to quicken this, add a pinch of salt to the onions. This helps the onions to cook faster.

sautéing onions in hot oil in pan

6. Sauté the sliced onions till they begin to get light golden.

sautéing onions in hot oil till light golden

7. The onions should have a softness in them. So, when you see them beginning to get light golden, proceed to the next step. Don’t make the onions crisp or browned.

sautéing onions in hot oil

8. Now, add the slit green chilies.

adding slit green chilies to the onions in pan

9. Sauté for half a minute.

sautéing onions and chilies in pan

10. Now, add the chopped mushrooms and stir.

adding chopped mushrooms to the pan

11. Add ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder, 1 pinch red chili powder and 1 to 2 pinch garam masala powder.

Also, add salt as required. Remember we have added salt while frying the onions so add salt accordingly.

adding cumin powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder and salt to the mushroom mixture in pan

12. Mix the spices well with the mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms on low to medium heat. The mushroom will shrink in size and leave water.

mixing spices with the mushrooms and sautéing them

13. Continue to cook till all the water has evaporated and you can see oil in the mixture.

sautéing mushroom mixture in pan

14. Sauté till the mushrooms turn light golden from the edges and the mixture is dry. Then, add 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

adding chopped coriander leaves to the mushroom fry in pan

15. Cook and stir for a minute.

cooking mushroom fry in pan

16. Switch off the heat and serve the Mushroom Fry hot or warm with some pav, bread or dinner rolls. You can also serve it with chapati, Butter Naan, Garlic Naan or Paratha.

mushroom fry served in a bowl with pavs on a plate

Expert Tips

  1. Choose fresh mushrooms and wash them well when you are going to use them in preparing this dish.
  2. Mushroom stems are edible. But do discard the lower part of the stem/stalk while chopping.
  3. This Mushroom Fry is quite spicy due to the addition of green chilies, black pepper powder and garam masala powder. You can increase or decrease the quantities according to the level of heat you want in your dish.
  4. To sauté the onions faster, you can add a pinch of salt to the onions. Make sure the onions turn light golden and not crisp and brown.
  5. Mushrooms have a lot of moisture in them. So, make sure to cook them on low to medium heat till all the water has evaporated.
  6. Avoid overcooking the mushrooms as it will otherwise turn mushy.
  7. If you wish to have a tanginess in this Mushroom Fry, you can add a few drops of lemon juice at the end.
  8. You can add green capsicum and tomatoes too in this dish.
  9. You can double or triple this recipe.


Can I make this dish with oyster mushrooms?

Yes, you can.

Can I add tomatoes and bell peppers in this recipe?

Yes, you can definitely add tomatoes and capsicum/bell peppers in this recipe.

What is the best way to cook mushrooms?

Since mushrooms have a lot of moisture in them, cook them on low to medium heat till they are well browned and all the moisture has evaporated.

Can I keep the mushrooms slightly undercooked?

It is not advisable to keep the mushrooms undercooked as they have tough cell walls which can’t be digested. That’s why you should cook the mushrooms well.

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mushroom fry in a white bowl

Mushroom Fry (Goan Style Recipe)

Mushroom Fry is a delectable Goan special dish, in which succulent mushrooms are cooked with onion, green chillies and spices.
4.85 from 32 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Course Main Course
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 2


  • 250 grams button mushrooms
  • ¾ to 1 cup thinly sliced onions or 1 large onion or 2 medium-sized onions
  • 2 to 3 green chilies
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (ground cumin)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (ground black pepper)
  • 1 pinch red chili powder or cayenne pepper – optional
  • 1 to 2 pinches Garam Masala
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • salt as required



  • Rinse mushrooms in water a few times using a colander or strainer. Trim the bottom part of the stalks and chop the mushrooms. Discard these.
  • Slice the onions thinly, slit the green chilies.

Making mushroom fry

  • Heat oil in a pan or kadai (wok).
  • Add the onions and sauté stirring often till they begin to get light golden.
  • This process of cooking onions takes a lot of time. So, to quicken it, add a pinch of salt to the onions. This helps the onions to cook faster.
  • The onions should have softness in them. So, when you see them beginning to get light golden, proceed to the next step. Don't make the onions crisp or browned.
  • Add the green chilies and sauté for half a minute.
  • Now, add the chopped mushrooms and stir.
  • Add all the ground spice powders including salt as required.
  • Sauté the mushrooms till they shrink in size and leave water.
  • Continue to cook till all the water has evaporated and you can see oil in the mixture.
  • Sauté till the mushrooms turn light golden. The mixture should be dry.
  • Add coriander leaves. Stir and cook for a minute.
  • Switch off the heat and serve Mushroom Fry hot or warm with roti, bread or dinner rolls.


  1. Feel free to reduce the number of green chillies and the ground spices as you prefer. 
  2. The recipe can be scaled to make a larger serving. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Mushroom Fry (Goan Style Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 508mg15%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 64IU1%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 5mg25%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 6mg40%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 24mg2%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 33µg8%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 20mg5%
Phosphorus 129mg13%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Mushroom Fry post from the archives first published in June 2013 has been republished and updated on 8 May 2022.

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  1. Thanks for the mushroom fry receipe came out very well. usually I check every web site but finally end here, tried almost all receipe.5 stars

  2. I love the mushroom fry. can you add the recipe for andhra style mushroom fry?

  3. It is a great recipe and very easy to cook. I loved it…yum. Have bookmarked it and will definitely be a regular at my home. Looking forward to trying some more recipes from ur site. Thanks?

    1. surely try more recipes pearl and keep us posted how they were? and you are welcome.

  4. Awesome and very tasty recipe.. ? Tried both with oyster and button mushroom..I loved oyster mushroom fry more although both tasted superb..❤️5 stars

  5. today, I tried it.. it came out very well and so delicious.. my kid and hubby liked it very much ???? thanks for the yummy recipe..5 stars

  6. I have fresh oyster mushroom. Can I make this recipe with oyester mushroom. Nobody in my home eats mushroom. Does it taste like paneer?

    1. yes you can make with oyster mushrooms. i have not tasted fresh oyster mushrooms but have tasted the dried ones. their taste is different and not like paneer.

  7. This was truly yummilicious….:-) Added spring onion greens when mushrooms were half cooked… It gave a nice taste and freshness….5 stars

  8. Such a simple and lovely recipe! Made mushrooms for the first time and it turned out great! Thanks Dassana! 🙂4 stars

  9. Hi,
    I keep checking various websites for recipes and yours is one of the best. I never tried cooking mushroom before this is my first attempt and have to say one of the best. Thanks for this wonderful recipe

  10. Thanks, i tried without pepper with green chillies for spicy taste and it came beautiful5 stars

  11. Hi dassana, this dish is going to be a regular in my kitchen. I am the only one who eats mushrooms in my home, and I was looking for something easy so that I’m still left with energy to cook something else for others. this recipe suits perfect my need and tasted so good with rice.

  12. Hello Dassana

    Just loved the Mushroom Fry. It was wiped clean in minutes. Flavour with a kick. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

    Sonika5 stars

  13. Hey Dassana,
    I tried the Mushroom fry, it came out really well….simple recipe and yummy. I also added capsicum and it tasted good too. Thanks a lot for this recipe.
    I also tried mixing d recipe with the rice as well, it came well too….Guys u shld try this recipe 🙂 5 stars to you mate.5 stars

    1. thanks gowtham for the rating as well as giving your variation of this mushroom fry recipe.

  14. Super awesome for a quick weeknight dinner. Added about 2 tablespoons of buttermilk towards the end of the cooking time and served it with garlic rolls. Yummy!

  15. Tried out the recipe….turned excellent. I added some quartered tomatoes at the end.5 stars

  16. Goan mushroom chilli fry is really good. I love mushrooms. In the monsoon season usually we will get a lot of natural mushrooms from our backyard and paddy field. It taste great. We make mushroom fry, mushroom thoran, mushroom curry extc.., what a delicious food it is!!?.

  17. Great recipe! I’m a big mushroom fan and have been looking for Indian recipes as generally mushrooms taste great in stir-fries and western dishes but generally lose their innate flavor when they are over-cooked. I wonder how this would taste with other varieties of mushrooms.

    1. same here. we are also mushroom fans. though the only variety of mushroom i have tried besides button mushrooms are oyster mushrooms. yet i think, this recipe would go well with other varieties of mushrooms too. with experience one can easily cook mushrooms in the right way without over doing them.

        1. shashi, we get dried oyster mushrooms and in my home no body is fond of it. we don’t get fresh oyster mushrooms so i have never tried them. we prefer button mushrooms.

  18. This is how I too make Mushrooms curry…love it with chapattis and in Sandwich fillings!