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Mushroom pepper fry recipe with step by step photos – spicy and tasty recipe of mushroom and capsicum pepper fry. Gluten-free and vegan.

mushroom pepper fry recipe

While touring last year in some parts of Kerala, we used to have amazing food. This mushroom pepper fry was one of the dishes we had in the taj hotels.

In the restaurant menu, it was known as mushroom varuval. they used to give papers printed with a daily activity list of the hotel along with one recipe every day, when they would refresh the room, during the housekeeping task. Initially, I did not see the recipe in the papers, but when I saw them, I started collecting the papers.

I had made a similar recipe with potatoes and mushrooms a couple of times last year. While shifting again, the papers got misplaced and I have still not got them. So remembering the recipes in the handouts, I tried this mushroom pepper fry. The taste came pretty close to the one we used to have in the hotel. There are many dishes that we had in Kerala that I want to prepare and add on the blog.

Black peppers are added to this dish along with some more spices. The pungency of black pepper is one of the highlights of this recipe. the aroma of fennel seeds are also felt. To give some color and crunch, I have added capsicum. Though you can give it a skip.

Mushroom pepper fry tastes best with chapatis or phulkas and even bread. You can also serve it as a side dish alongside sambar-rice or a plain yellow dal and rice.

How to make mushroom pepper fry

1. Firstly take 1 tablespoon black peppers + 1 teaspoon fennel seeds in a dry grinder or a coffee grinder. If you are not going to add capsicum in the recipe, then reduce the black pepper to ½ tablespoon and fennel seeds to ½ teaspoon.

pepper for mushroom pepper fry recipe

2. Grind to a coarse powder. Keep aside. Also slice 1 large onion, 200 grams white button mushrooms, 1 medium to large capsicum and 1 green chili.

pepper for mushroom pepper fry recipe

3. Heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a pan. add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle.

mustard for mushroom pepper fry recipe

4. After the mustard seeds crackle, then add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.

onions for making mushroom pepper fry recipe

5. Mix the onions very well and saute on a low to medium flame.

onions for mushroom pepper fry recipe

6. For quick cooking of the onions, you can add a pinch of salt while sauteing them. saute till they start to turn light golden.

onions for mushroom pepper fry recipe

7. Then add ½ teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.

ginger paste for mushroom pepper fry recipe

8. Stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

making mushroom pepper fry recipe

9. Now add the sliced mushrooms.

mushroom for making mushroom pepper fry recipe

10. Mix very well and saute them on a medium flame.

mushroom for making mushroom pepper fry recipe

11. First the mushrooms will release a lot of water.

mushroom for preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

12. Continue to saute till all the water has evaporated.

mushroom for preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

13. Then add 1 cup thinly sliced bell peppers.

capsicum for preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

14. Mix well.

capsicum for preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

15. Saute the capsicum slices till they are half cooked. They should have some crunch in them.

capsicum for preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

16. Then add 1 green chili, sliced or chopped and 2 teaspoons chopped curry leaves. mix well.

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17. Next add the coarsely powdered black pepper and fennel seeds.

pepper for making preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

18. Next add ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder and a pinch of turmeric powder.

spices for making preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

19. Mix all the spices very well with the mushroom and capsicum mixture.

making preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

20. Season with salt.

making preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

21. Mix again and then switch off the flame. Check the taste and add more salt if required.

making preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

22. Add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Stir.

making preparing mushroom pepper fry recipe

23. Serve mushroom pepper fry hot with chapatis or rotis.

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mushroom pepper fry recipe

Mushroom Pepper Fry

4.74 from 15 votes
Mushroom pepper fry is a spicy and tasty recipe of mushrooms and capsicum with black pepper.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Cuisine Kerala, South Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil (can also use sunflower oil or peanut oil)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 92 grams onions or 1 large onion or 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • ½ teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 200 grams white button mushroom, rinsed and chopped or sliced
  • 115 grams capsicum or 1 medium to large bell pepper or 1 cup sliced bell peppers
  • 1 green chili, sliced or chopped
  • 9 to 10 curry leaves (chopped) or 2 teaspoons chopped curry leaves, can also add 1 teaspoon curry leaves or 4 to 5 curry leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper + 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed to a coarse powder in a small grinder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (ground cumin)
  • 1 pinch of turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)

Instructions

preparation

  • Firstly take 1 tablespoon black pepper + 1 teaspoon fennel seeds in a dry grinder or a coffee grinder.
  • Grind to a coarse powder. Keep aside. 
  • Also slice 1 large onion, 200 grams mushrooms, 1 medium to large capsicum and 1 green chili.

making mushroom pepper fry

  • Heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a pan.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle.
  • After the mustard seeds crackle, then add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.
  • Mix the onions very well and saute on a low to medium flame, till they start to turn light golden.
  • Then add 1/2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Now add the sliced mushrooms.
  • Mix very well and saute mushrooms on a medium flame.
  • First the mushrooms will release a lot of water.
  • Continue to saute till all the water has evaporated and the mushrooms are almost cooked.
  • Then add 1 cup sliced bell peppers and mix well.
  • Saute the capsicum slices till they are half cooked. They should have some crunch in them.
  • Then add 1 green chili, sliced or chopped and 2 teaspoons chopped curry leaves and mix well.
  • Now add the coarsely powdered black pepper and fennel seeds along with 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder and a pinch of turmeric powder.
  • Mix all the spices very well with the mushroom and capsicum mixture.
  • Season with salt.
  • Mix again and then switch off the flame. Check the taste of mushroom pepper fry. Add more salt if required.
  • Add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Stir.
  • Serve mushroom pepper fry hot with chapatis or rotis.

Notes

Tips for making mushroom pepper fry
  • The dish is spicy and pungent due to the addition of black pepper. If you want, you can reduce the black peppers to 1/2 tablespoon. Also fennel seeds can be reduced to 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Capsicum (green bell pepper) can be skipped. If skipping capsicum in the recipe, then reduce the black pepper to ½ tablespoon and fennel to ½ teaspoon.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Mushroom Pepper Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Sodium 86mg4%
Potassium 546mg16%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1905IU38%
Vitamin C 121.6mg147%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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27 Comments

  1. Lovely recipe. I am not fond of mushrooms but this recipe made them taste so good. Your blog is the go to place for any recipe.5 stars

    1. thank you sharanya. glad that you liked the mushroom pepper fry recipe. if mushrooms are cooked correctly and with a nice recipe, then they taste good. thanks again and happy cooking.

  2. I have done most of your recipes… I tried this one on Wednesday… It was amazing… Thank you very much… God bless you…4 stars

    1. Thank you Samidha for sharing the feedback and also thanks for your best wishes. Happy cooking.

  3. Dear Dassana,
    Your blog inspires me to cook and I enjoy seeing such a variety of recipes from all over India. Especially, the recipe collections are so so good! Made the pepper mushroom fry but did not add coriander n garam masala powder as I was afraid that will take away the ‘different taste’ feel in the recipe. Added lemon instead…really happy with how it turned out.
    Thank you for posting!5 stars

    1. Welcome Beant. Glad to know the variation you did to the recipe. Thanks for your positive feedback and appreciation.

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