Mushroom Pepper Fry is an easy South Indian dish made with mushroom, fresh aromatic spices and bell peppers in less than 20 minutes. This is a spice lovers’ delight. Perfect as a side dish or an evening snack!
I love mushrooms and I am sure most of you do! I just can’t get enough of it and try to include it in as many dishes as possible. Mushroom in South Indian dishes is always a superhit. When I recently made the South Indian Mushroom Biryani, I received great feedback. This South Indian Style Mushroom Pepper Fry is also one of my favourites in this category. If you are someone who loves the spice of peppercorns, you will absolutely love this dish.
Mushroom Pepper Fry
Pepper Fry is a famous dish in South India. Especially with chicken. I came across this mushroom recipe a few years ago in a local restaurant and fell in love with it. I tried recreating it in my own style and couldn’t be happier with the result. The best part of this recipe is the freshly ground powder that is added. So much flavour and aroma! I love spicy food. There was a time when I used to eat a bowl of pickle all by myself. After moving out of India, my tolerance for spice has definitely gone down but I still adore such flavourful, Spicy South Indian recipes.
Especially during winters, all I crave is spicy food. So, this dish makes quite some appearance in my kitchen during the cold season. Peppercorns, especially have a lot of anti-inflammatory properties and. It also stimulates digestion and relieves cold & cough. That is an added benefit of including pepper in this super delicious dish. Also, it is an extremely easy dish to prepare and it takes just around 20 minutes!
South Indian Flavours
The unique flavours of South Indian spices add to the beauty of this recipe. The powder made from freshly roasted peppercorns, red chillies, cumin seeds and fennel seeds is the Hero of this dish. As always, South Indian dishes are incomplete without some fresh curry leaves. These add to the aroma and flavour as well. Pepper is added generously in this recipe, as it’s the main ingredient and the major source of the spice.
You just cannot make this dish bland because it is meant to be spicy! 😀
Step by Step Instructions
Heat a pan. Once hot, add peppercorn, fennel seeds, cumin seeds & red chilli. Saute well on medium flame till well roasted & a nice aroma comes. Switch off. Once cooled down, make a fine powder. In the same pan, add oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds, curry leaves. Once it splutters, add crushed ginger & garlic. Saute for a minute and add sliced onions. Saute till it turns light brown.
Add bell pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Then add chopped mushrooms, turmeric powder & salt. Mix it together and add the freshly ground spice powder. Cook on medium-high flame for few mins until the mushrooms become dry and well roasted with the powder. Garnish with fresh curry leaves & serve.
Getting it perfect
While preparing the spices for the powder, dry roast the spices well on a medium flame till a nice aroma comes. Make sure you don’t burn the spices. This step is very important to get the perfect taste of the freshly made powder.
I would suggest chopping the mushrooms into medium-sized pieces so that it doesn’t get completely mushy when cooked. Also, mushroom releases water when cooked for a long time. So, make sure you add the mushroom towards the end of the recipe and cook it on the medium-high flame so that it gets roasted well and doesn’t release too much water. This also ensures the mushrooms retain their juiciness and shape!
I personally love adding a dollop of ghee and mixing the Spicy Mushroom Pepper fry with plain rice. Tastes divine!
Typically In South India, we love having this delicious Mushroom Fry with Rasam Rice or Sambar Rice. You can also serve it with a Pulao or with Rotis. I have also tried having them in wraps and they taste amazing. Also, it’s a great idea to top some of this South Indian Mushroom Pepper Fry over some plain bread for your breakfast sandwich.
Easy Mushroom Pepper Fry
For the Spice Powder
- 2 Red Chillies
- 2 tsp Peppercorns
- 1 tsp Fennel seeds
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
For the Mushroom Pepper Fry
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1 spring Curry Leaves
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 1 inch Ginger crushed
- 3 cloves Garlic crushed
- 300 gms Mushroom chopped into medium cubes
- 1/2 cup Bell Pepper chopped into medium cubes
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
- Heat a pan. Once hot, add the ingredients listed under "For the Spice Powder". Saute well on medium flame till well roasted & a nice aroma comes. Switch off. Once cooled down, make a fine powder.
- In the same pan, add oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds, curry leaves. Once it splutters, add crushed ginger & garlic. Saute for a minute and add sliced onions. Saute till it turns light brown.
- Add bell pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Then add chopped mushrooms, turmeric powder & salt. Mix it together and add the freshly ground spice powder. Cook on medium-high flame for few mins until the mushrooms become dry and well roasted with the powder.
- Garnish with fresh curry leaves & serve.