Kadai Mushroom, How to make Kadai Mushroom Dry & Gravy (2 Ways)

Kadai Mushroom, How to make Kadai Mushroom Dry & Gravy (2 Ways)

Kadai mushroom is a super simple, easy and delicious dish of sautéed button mushrooms, bell peppers (capsicum) in a spiced, tangy tomato sauce.

Mushrooms, spices, onions, tomatoes and bell peppers – their combination never goes wrong.

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There are mainly 2 variations of making this dish.

  • Kadai Mushroom Dry or Semi-Dry Gravy – Stove top recipe made in the kadai (wok).
  • Kadai Mushroom Gravy – Quick version made in the Instant Pot. But you can also make it on the stovetop.

In this post, I am sharing both these variations with step by step photos. You can make either of them as per your preference or the gadgets you have. Both the recipes are easy and taste good.

What is Kadai Mushroom

Kadai Mushroom as the name implies is made of two words Kadai and Mushroom. In Hindi language the word “Kadai” or “Kadhai” refers to a dish resembling the Chinese wok. The Indian kadai does look like the Chinese wok but is much deeper than the wok.

As the entire mushroom dish is made in the kadai and hence the name Kadai Mushroom.

In India the kadai (kadhai, karahi) is used for sautéing veggies, for making Indian sweets and also for deep frying. It is one multi purpose pan which is found in every Indian kitchen.

Additional ingredients like onions, tomatoes and green bell peppers are also added in the dish. A special and unique spice blend called as “kadai masala” is also added. The kadai masala is freshly pounded and added in the dish.

Whenever you make any kadai recipe from any veggie or paneer or tofu, then always always freshly pound or powder the spices. They add such an aroma and flavor to the food that is not possible when you use readymade or store-brought spice powders.

About Kadai Mushroom Dry

This is a semi-dry version of Kadai Mushroom. In the dish, as mentioned above, freshly roasted and pounded spices called as kadai masala is added.

The spices that I add in the kadai masala are coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chilies, cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom, black pepper and mace (optional).

The lemony citrus notes of ground coriander seeds is distinctly felt in the dish. The red chillies impart a bright orange-red color as well as some heat and spice. The acidity and tang comes from the tomatoes.

Generally kadai mushroom is not a hot or spicy dish as the dried red chillies added to it are not of the pungent kind.

I have used dried byadagi chillies in the recipe which are less hot and give a deep color. Byadagi chillies are an Indian variety of red chillies that are grown in Karnataka.

You can also easily add dried kashmiri red chillies. Dried kashmiri red chillis give a good color and spice to the dish without making it too hot or pungent.

This Kadai Mushroom recipe can be made spicy and hot depending on the kind of dried red chillies you add. So if you use hot chilies, the curry will be hot. If you use less hot and pungent chilies, the gravy will not be hot.

So depending on the heat in the chilies, you can decrease or increase their amount.

This delicious Kadai Mushroom has been adapted from the popular restaurant style Kadai Paneer Recipe on the blog. To make this dish satvik & onion-garlic free,  you can easily skip onion and garlic. It will still taste delicious.

You can serve it with some roti or naan or paratha and accompanied by a salad.

How to make Kadai Mushroom Dry

Making Kadai Masala

1. First dry roast all the spices for the kadai masala on a low flame in a kadai or pan till fragrant. The spices are – 1 tbsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 3 to 4 dry red chilies, 2 cloves, ½ inch cinnamon, 1 green cardamom, 3 to 4 black pepper and 1 single strand of mace (optional).

spices for kadai mushroom recipe

2. Once the spices cool down, add them to a grinder jar.

spices for kadai mushroom recipe

3. Grind to a semi fine powder. You can also grind to a fine powder.

spices for kadai mushroom recipe

4. Keep the ground kadai masala aside.

ground powder for kadai mushroom recipe

5. In the same jar, add chopped tomatoes (2 medium to large tomatoes, pureed, about ¾ cup tomato puree. Use tomatoes which are ripe, red and not too tangy).

tomato puree for kadai mushroom recipe

6. Blend the tomatoes to a smooth puree. Keep aside. No need to add water while making the puree.

tomato puree for kadai mushroom recipe

7. Slice 200-250 grams button mushrooms. Slice 1 medium to large capsicum (bell pepper) thinly. Chop the onions (1 medium onion, about ½ cup finely chopped onion). Keep aside.

mushrooms for kadai mushroom recipe

Sauteing mushrooms

8. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a kadai/wok or pan. Add the sliced mushrooms.

mushrooms for kadai mushroom recipe

9. Stir & saute the sliced mushrooms. First you will see the mushrooms releasing a lot of water.

sauting mushrooms for kadai mushroom recipe

10. After some minutes, the water evaporates. Saute till the mushrooms get browned from the edges.

sauting mushrooms for kadai mushroom recipe

11. Remove the mushrooms and keep aside.

mushrooms for kadai mushroom recipe

Making kadai mushroom dry

12. In the same oil, add finely chopped onions.

onions for kadai mushroom recipe

13. Saute the onions till they turn translucent or light golden.

onions for making kadai mushroom recipe

14. Add ginger-garlic paste (½ inch ginger + 3 to 4 medium garlic, crushed in a mortar-pestle or 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste). Stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

making kadai mushroom recipe

15. Add the tomato puree (about ¾ cup).

making kadai mushroom recipe

16. Stir and saute.

saute kadai mushroom masala

17. Saute till you see some oil releasing from the sides.

saute kadai mushroom masala

18. Add the sliced capsicum/bell pepper (1 medium to large capsicum). You can even green bell pepper or red or yellow bell pepper.

making kadai mushroom masala

19. Stir and saute for 5 to 6 minutes on a low flame.

sauting kadai mushroom masala

20. Add the ground kadai masala which we made. You can also add ¼ tsp turmeric powder at this step. Adding turmeric powder is optional though.

add the ground kadai masala

21. Stir very well.

stir kadai mushroom masala

22. Then add ½ cup of water.

making kadai mushroom masala recipe

23. Season with salt.

preparing kadai mushroom masala recipe

24. Bring the gravy to a simmer on a low flame till you see a few specks of oil floating on top.

simmer kadai mushroom recipe

25. Add the sauteed mushrooms (200-250 grams).

mushrooms for kadai mushroom recipe

26. Stir again.

stir kadai mushroom recipe

27. Lastly add 1 tsp crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) to kadai mushroom. Switch off the stove. If you want you can also add 1 or 2 tbsp cream to tone down the tang. You can also add about ¼ tsp of garam masala powder.

making kadai mushroom recipe

28. Stir and then Serve dry Kadai Mushroom hot with roti, paratha or naan. While serving you can garnish with ginger julienne and chopped coriander leaves (cilantro).

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Note: This kadai mushroom recipe is from the archives (September 2012) and has been republished and updated on 14th June 2020.

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Kadai Mushroom

Kadai mushroom is cooked button mushrooms in a semi dry gravy of spiced and tangy tomato sauce along with juliennes of green bell pepper.

kadai mushroom recipe
Cuisine:north indian,punjabi

Diet:gluten-free,vegan,vegetarian

Difficulty Level:Easy

Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Making kadai masala

  • First dry roast all the spices mentioned above for the kadai masala, on a low flame in a kadai/wok or a pan till fragrant. Don’t burn them.

  • Once the spices cool down, add them to a grinder jar.

  • Grind to a semi fine powder. You can also grind to a fine powder. Keep the ground kadai masala aside.

  • In the same jar, add chopped tomatoes. Blend the tomatoes to a smooth puree. Keep aside.

  • Rinse, wipe and then slice the mushrooms. Also thinly slice the bell pepper & chop the onions etc. Keep the veggies aside.

Sautéing mushrooms

  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a kadai or pan. Add the sliced mushrooms.

  • Stir & saute the sliced mushrooms. First you will see the mushrooms releasing a lot of water.

  • Then later the water evaporates. Saute till the mushrooms get browned from the edges.

  • Remove the mushrooms and keep aside.

Making dry kadai mushroom

  • In the same oil, add finely chopped onions. Saute the onions till translucent or light golden.

  • Now add the ginger-garlic paste and saute till their raw aroma disappears.

  • Add the tomato puree. Stir and saute till you see some oil releasing from the sides.

  • Then add the sliced capsicum (bell pepper). Stir and saute for 5 to 6 minutes on a low flame

  • Add the ground kadai masala which we made. You can also add ¼ tsp turmeric powder at this step. Adding turmeric powder is optional though.

  • Then add ½ cup water. Season with salt.

  • Stir & bring the gravy to a simmer on a low flame till you see a few specks of oil on top.

  • Add the sauteed mushrooms. stir the gravy again.

  • Lastly add crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves). Switch off the stove.

  • Stir and then serve kadai mushroom dry hot with rotis, parathas or naan. While serving you can garnish with ginger julienne and chopped coriander leaves.

  1. Other varieties of mushrooms can also be used instead of button mushrooms.
  2. You can increase or decrease the amount of red chilies as per their heat & pungency.

Nutrition Facts

Kadai Mushroom

Amount Per Serving

Calories 195 Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 2341mg102%

Potassium 574mg16%

Carbohydrates 14g5%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 885IU18%

Vitamin C 105.4mg128%

Calcium 32mg3%

Iron 1.7mg9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About Kadai Mushroom Gravy

This is a delicious dish of white button mushrooms and bell peppers cooked in a spiced onion-tomato based gravy. The recipe is also vegan and gluten-free.

Kadai mushroom as the name suggests is a dish made in the Indian kadai or wok. This recipe is a delicious variation of the popular Kadai Paneer, where button mushrooms replace paneer (cottage cheese) and are cooked in the instant pot.

About Instant Pot Kadai Mushroom Curry

    1. What’s in a name: In this recipe though, the kadai is replaced with the instant pot. Hence the recipe gets done in less time and quickly. Even though I have used an instant pot, I have kept the name as Instant pot kadai mushroom, just so that readers can identify the recipe easily.
    2. Special kadai masala: In this recipe too, the unique blend of ground spices called kadai masala is made and added. This kadai masala gives a distinct taste, aroma and flavor to the dish.
    3. Mushrooms: I have used white button mushrooms, but you can use any variety of fresh edible mushrooms.
    4. Ease of cooking: I have kept this recipe and the cooking process really simple so that the recipes take less time. The recipe tastes exceptionally good if you add fried or sautéed mushrooms to the gravy. But sautéing mushrooms till golden takes quite some time, so I have sautéed them for a few minutes and then pressure cooked in the instant pot.
    5. On dry red chillies: Since dried red chilies are used in the recipe, the color, spice, pungency and heat factor in the dish depends on the type of red chilies.
      • Add chillies which are low in heat quotient in the recipe, so that you don’t end up with a very spicy dish.
      • Dry red chillies like Kashmiri chillies or byadagi chillies, which are low in heat and which impart a deep orange to red color dish, goes well in this dish. Of course, if you like a spicy dish, then you can use medium-hot red chilies – just reduce their quantity.
    6. On bell pepper: Apart from dry red chilies, the recipe also uses capsicum or green bell pepper, which is a must and an essential ingredient. You can even use red or yellow bell peppers.

This Kadai Mushroom gravy serves as an excellent main course dish coupled with cumin rice or with some tandoori roti, naan, bread, paratha or chapati. You can even make this recipe when you are having guests.

instant pot kadai mushroom

How to make Instant Pot Kadai Mushroom Gravy

Making kadai masala

1. First we need to make the kadai masala. Heat a small kadai or a pan. Add the whole spices – 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, 1-inch cinnamon, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 3 to 4 Kashmiri red chilies or 2 to 3 dry red chillies.

whole spices in a kadai

2. Dry roast all the whole spices on a low flame till they become aromatic. Stir them often while roasting. Roasting the masala takes about 1 to 2 minutes. In a thick bottomed kadai or pan, roasting takes about 2 minutes on a low flame.

dry roasting whole spices

3. Once they cool down, add them to a grinder jar or a spice or coffee grinder.

roasted whole spices in a coffee grinder

4. Grind to a semi-fine or a slightly coarse powder.

kadai masala in the grinder jar

5. Remove in a plate and keep the kadai masala aside.

kadai masala in a plate

Sautéing

1. Switch on the instant pot. Press the sauté button for 15 to 20 minutes on the normal mode.

switch on the instant pot


2. Add 3 tablespoons oil in the steel insert of the instant pot. When the oil becomes hot, add ⅓ cup chopped onions. The oil should just be hot and not sizzling hot or smoking hot.

chopped onions in the instant pot


3. Sauté stirring often, till the onions soften and become translucent.

sauteing onions in the instant pot


4. Then add ½ teaspoon garlic paste, 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, 1 slit green chilli or serrano pepper.

ginger garlic green chilli in the instant pot


5. Mix and sauté for 3 to 4 seconds.

sauteing ginger garlic in the instant pot


6. Add 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes.

chopped tomatoes in the instant pot


7. Sauté till tomatoes soften and become pulpy.

sauteing tomatoes in the instant pot


8. Add sliced button mushrooms (200 to 250 grams).

mushrooms in the instant pot


9. Mix very well and deglaze the pot. Scrap any stuck bits of ingredients from the bottom of the pot. The moisture from the mushrooms helps in deglazing.

mix the mixture


10. Sauté for a couple of minutes.

sauteing mushrooms in the instant pot


11. Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and salt as required. Mix again well.

adding turmeric powder and salt to instant pot


12. Add ½ cup of water. Deglaze if required.

adding water to instant pot

Pressure cooking

13. Press cancel and press the pressure cook or manual button. Set the timer to pressure cook for 3 minutes on high pressure.

pressure cooking for 3 minutes


14. Then do a quick pressure release by lifting the valve. Open the lid.

check the mixture


15. Then add capsicum and ground kadai masala and 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (crushed). You can reserve ½ teaspoon of kadai masala for garnish. Kasuri methi is dried fenugreek leaves. If you do not have kasuri methi then skip it.

adding capsicum and kadai masala to instant pot


16. Mix very well.

mix well


17. Press the sauté button for 5 to 6 minutes on normal mode.

saute button enabled in instant pot


18. Sauté for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir often. You can reduce to the low setting if the masala sticks to the pan or heat becomes too much.

saute the mixture in instant pot


19. Sauté till the capsicum is half-cooked. There should be some crunch in the capsicum. If the consistency looks very dry, then you can add some hot water.

saute the mixture in instant pot


20. Add 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

adding coriander leaves

21. Serve Kadai Mushroom Curry garnished with few coriander leaves and ginger julienne (optional). Serve with chapati, tandoori roti, naan or dinner rolls or bread. Also sprinkle the kadai masala, if you have reserved it while serving.

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Kadai Mushroom Gravy (Instant Pot)

In this delicious instant pot kadai mushroom gravy, white button mushrooms & bell peppers are cooked in a spiced onion-tomato based gravy in the instant pot.

instant pot kadai mushroom served in a small enameled white wok on a white plate
Cuisine:north indian,punjabi

Diet:gluten-free,keto,vegan

Servings (change the number to scale):3

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

making kadai masala

  • Heat a pan or kadai. Take all the whole spices mentioned under the “whole spices for kadai masala’ list in the pan.

  • Dry roast all the whole spices on a low flame till they become aromatic. Stir them often while roasting.

  • Once the spices cool down, add them to a grinder jar or a spice or coffee grinder. Grind to a fine powder.

  • Remove in a plate and keep the kadai masala aside.

sautéing

  • Switch on the instant pot. Press the sauté button for 15 to 20 minutes on the normal mode. Add oil in the steel insert of the instant pot.

  • When the oil becomes hot, add the chopped onions. Saute stirring often, till the onions soften and become translucent.

  • Then add ½ teaspoon garlic paste, 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, 1 slit green chilli or serrano pepper.

  • Mix and sauté for 3 to 4 seconds.

  • Add 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes and sauté till the tomatoes soften and become pulpy.

  • Add sliced button mushrooms.

  • Mix very well and deglaze the pot. Scrap any stuck bits of ingredients from the bottom of the pot. The moisture from the mushrooms help in deglazing.

  • Sauté for about 3 minutes.

  • Add turmeric powder and salt as required. Mix again well.

  • Add ½ cup water. Deglaze if required.

pressure cooking

  • Press cancel and press the pressure cook or manual button. Set the timer to pressure cook for 3 minutes on high pressure.

  • Then do a quick pressure release by lifting the valve. Open the lid.

  • Then add capsicum and ground kadai masala and 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (crushed). Mix very well. You can reserve ½ teaspoon of kadai masala for garnish. Kasuri methi is dried fenugreek leaves. If you do not have kasuri methi then skip it. 

  • Press the sauté button for 5 to 6 minutes on the normal mode.

  • Sauté for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir often. You can reduce to the low setting if the masala sticks to the pan or heat becomes too much.

  • Sauté till the capsicum is half cooked. The capsicum should have some crunch in them.

  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

  • Serve instant pot kadai mushroom garnished with some coriander leaves and ginger julienne (optional). Serve with chapati, tandoori roti, naan or dinner rolls or bread. Also sprinkle the kadai masala, if you have reserved it while serving the dish.

  • Cleaning mushrooms: Rinse or wipe dry or simply wipe the mushrooms with a clean kitchen towel. Then slice or chop them. 
  • Use less red chillies if they are too spicy and hot. 
  • Fresh edible mushrooms of any variety can be added. 
  • If the dish looks too dry after cooking, then add some hot water. 
  • Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) can be skipped if you do not have it. 
  • Reduce to low sauté setting if while sautéing the ingredients stick to the pot. 
  • Any bell pepper variety can be added in the recipe. 

Nutrition Facts

Kadai Mushroom Gravy (Instant Pot)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 196 Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 66mg3%

Potassium 580mg17%

Carbohydrates 15g5%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 7g8%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 934IU19%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 3mg15%

Vitamin B6 1mg50%

Vitamin B12 1µg17%

Vitamin C 97mg118%

Vitamin D 1µg7%

Vitamin E 6mg40%

Vitamin K 13µg12%

Calcium 32mg3%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 35µg9%

Iron 2mg11%

Magnesium 35mg9%

Phosphorus 106mg11%

Zinc 1mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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For Making Kadai Mushroom Gravy on Stovetop

Ingredients Required

to be ground to a paste

  • 135 grams onions OR 2 medium to large onions OR 1 cup heaped roughly chopped onions
  • ½ inch ginger OR 2 to 2.5 grams ginger OR 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 5 to 6 garlic OR 4 grams garlic OR 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 250 grams tomatoes OR 3 medium to large tomatoes OR 1.5 cup chopped tomatoes

whole spices for kadai masala

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 6 to 7 whole black pepper
  • 4 to 5 dry red chilies or kashmiri red chilies

for gravy

  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder or deghi mirch or kashmiri red chili powder
  • 200 to 250 grams white button mushrooms – chopped or sliced
  • 90 to 100 grams capsicum OR 1 medium to large capsicum or 1 cup thinly sliced capsicum (green bell pepper)
  • ¾ to 1 cup water or add as required
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • ½ inch ginger – julienne
  • 2 tablespoon cream (optional)
  • salt as required

INSTRUCTIONS

Making kadai masala

  1. Heat a pan or kadai. Take all the whole spices mentioned under the “whole spices for kadai masala’ list in the pan.
  2. Dry roast all the whole spices on a low flame till they become aromatic. Stir them often while roasting.
  3. Once the spices cool down, add them to a grinder jar or a spice or coffee grinder. Grind to a fine powder.
  4. Remove in a plate and keep the kadai masala aside.

Preparing onion and tomato paste

  1. in the same grinder jar, add 1 cup heaped roughly chopped onions. grind to a smooth paste. Remove and keep the onion paste in a bowl.
  2. to the same jar, now add 1.5 cup chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp chopped ginger and 1 tsp chopped garlic.
  3. grind to a smooth paste. keep aside.

Making kadai mushroom gravy

  1. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a kadai or wok. add 1 tej patta and saute for two to three seconds.
  2. Add the ground onion paste. saute stirring at intervals, till the onion paste becomes golden. For a quick cooking of the onion paste, add a pinch of salt.
  3. Once the onion paste turns golden, then add the tomato paste.
  4. Saute the tomato paste till you see oil specks on top or leaving the sides of the paste.
  5. The masala will also thicken and leave the sides of the pan.
  6. Then add ½ tsp turmeric powder and ½ tsp red chili powder or deghi mirch or kashmiri red chili powder. mix very well.
  7. Add sliced or chopped mushrooms.
  8. Mix the mushrooms very well with the masala and saute for 2 to 3 minutes on a medium flame.
  9. Add the ground kadai masala along with salt.
  10. Add ¾ to 1 cup water. mix again very well.
  11. Cover the kadai or pan with a lid and simmer on a low to medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes.
  12. Then add 1 cup thinly sliced capsicum.
  13. Simmer without a lid, till the capsicum is half cooked and still have their crunch. cook for about 6 to 7 minutes. you can also cook for some more time if you want.
  14. Then add 1/2 to 1 tsp crushed kasuri methi. At this step you can also add 2 to 3 tbsp cream, if you prefer.
  15. Lastly add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and ½ tsp ginger julienne.
  16. Stir and then serve kadai mushroom gravy hot with chapatis, tandoori rotis, naan or bread. You can also serve with steamed rice or cumin rice or peas pulao.

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