The Mighty Mushroom

Aakansha Agarwal

Hearty, meaty and teeming with earthy flavours… mushrooms have an indispensable role to play in enhancing the flavours and textures of even the simplest of dishes. Enriched with vitamins and minerals, they are also one of the most nourishing and healthful vegetables, with the added benefit of being incredibly low in calories.

There are a mind-boggling variety of mushrooms found across the world – button mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, porcini mushrooms, portobello to name a few.

Closer to home, morel mushrooms have their roots in Indian culinary history.
‘Gucchi’ pulao and curries, flavoured with saffron and spices are the speciality dishes of the Kashmir valley, where morels grow in abundance. The true beauty of morel mushrooms lies in not only the depth of flavour, but also the ease with which they blend into European and Australian cuisines. With their delicate and nutty flavour, they work remarkably well in dishes such as bisques, pappardelle pasta or an elaborate chicken fricassee. One of the most delicious ways to enjoy morels is by gently sautéing them in butter, cracking pepper on top and sprinkling with salt. These mushrooms, are indeed, nothing short of magical!

In general, the best thing about mushrooms is perhaps their versatility. Whether it is the creamy goodness of mushroom chowder, the bite they add to scrambled eggs or their earthy taste in a pot of spicy aromatic biryani, mushrooms can be used in creative measure to suit every palate…

Plus, mushrooms are a fat-free, low-calorie, nutrient-dense ingredient packed full of natural antioxidants. They are one of the few blessed foods on earth that are loved by both the taste buds and the waistline!

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