Mushroom Masala – EASY Instant Pot & Stovetop recipe

Mushroom Masala is a versatile dish that packs in a burst of flavors from earthy mushrooms, tart tomatoes, and aromatic spices. The intense flavors are balanced with easy homemade cashew cream. Ready in under 20 minutes and savory to the last bite, this curry is sure to win you the master chef crown at your next party.

Mushroom masala served with naan and rice

As a food enthusiast, I cook and entertain a lot, and I often have guests who prefer vegetarian food. I am always looking for vegetarian options that can stand up to my signature Butter Chicken or Chicken Tikka Masala. Everybody loves my vegetarian mushroom masala, and it completes my dinner spread.

This mushroom curry uses the same base ingredients as my popular Dum Aloo recipe. I add mild tasting white button mushrooms, rich in Vitamin B, which intensify their flavors after cooking in the rich sauce.

I am excited to share this Indian mushroom recipe, and add it to my list of 60+ vegetarian main meals.

Why we love this Mushroom Masala

  • Ready in under 20 minutes
  • No-Fail Recipe
  • Easy to make Vegan
  • Naturally Gluten Free
  • Easy to make nut free, simply substitute cashew cream with coconut cream or heavy cream
  • Variations – stir in green peas to make Mushroom Mutter Masala or add some spinach to make Mushroom Palak Masala

Health Benefits of Mushrooms:

  • All edible Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins and powerful antioxidants that helps support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues
  • White button mushrooms are one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D
  • Mushrooms can help to lower cholesterol, protect the heart by maintaining healthy blood pressure and circulation
mushroom masala, mushroom peas curry and spinach mushroom served with naan & rice

Growing up in India, Mushroom masala was a treat we enjoyed only at restaurants, since mushrooms were not as readily available in markets. I guess that made the dish special, and I always dreamt of perfecting it in my own kitchen.

Making mushroom masala in the Instant pot is such a hassle free job that it has now become a weeknight staple.  My boys enjoy mushroom masala with piping hot parathas, and they polish off big portions at meal time. I prefer to buy the big pack of fresh white cello mushrooms available at Costco. Substitute the white mushrooms with the Baby Bella, Shitake or Cremini mushrooms, since they work well with this recipe.

How to make Mushroom Masala:

Step 1: Make Cashew Cream

  • Soak cashews in ½ cup warm water for 10 mins and set aside.
  • Drain all the water and blend the cashews with ¼ cup of water to make smooth paste and reserve. 

Step 2: Sauté spices and veggies

  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and add ghee (or neutral oil for vegan version). Add onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes with a glass lid on, stirring a few times.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for 30 seconds. Turn the Instant Pot off, and stir in tomato puree along with turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala, salt.
  • Finally, add the mushrooms mixing well, and then deglaze the pot to remove any browning on the bottom.
  • Close the Instant Pot, set on manual/pressure cook(Hi) for 4 minutes followed by Quick Release.
steps showing how to make mushroom curry in the Instant Pot

Note: To cook this recipe on stove top, follow the recipe using a medium-sized pot. Instead of pressure cooking simply add extra 1/2 cup of water along with the mushrooms and then cook covered on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mushrooms are cooked through.

Step 3: Garnish

  • Stir in dried fenugreek leaves, cashew paste and chopped cilantro.
mushroom masala curry garnished with cashew cream and fenugreek leaves

Serve hot Mushroom Masala with parathas, naan or steamed rice.

mushroom masala served with rice

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Mushroom Masala

Mushroom masala cooked in a creamy tomato based sauce and aromatic spices.

Ingredients

  • 1
    LB
    white mushrooms
    rinsed, dried and sliced
  • 2
    tablespoons

    ghee

    or neutral oil for vegan version
  • 1
    large yellow onion
    finely chopped
  • 2
    teaspoons
    ginger grated
  • 2
    teaspoons
    garlic grated
  • ¾
    cup
    tomato puree or 2 fresh ripe red tomatoes pureed
  • ½
    teaspoon

    ground turmeric
  • ½ -1
    tablespoon
    Kashmiri red chili powder or any other mild red chili powder
  • ½ -1
    teaspoon

    garam masala
  • 1
    teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • cup
    cashews
  • 1
    tablespoon

    dried fenugreek leaves
  • Cilantro leaves chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Soak cashews in ½ cup warm water for 10 mins and set aside. Drain all the water and blend the cashews with ¼ cup of water to make smooth paste and reserve.
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and heat add ghee. Add onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes with a glass lid on, stirring a few times. Add ginger and garlic paste, cook for 30 seconds. Turn the Instant Pot off.
  • Add tomato puree, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala salt and mushrooms. Mix well, deglazing the pot to remove any browning on the bottom of the pot. Close the Instant Pot, set on manual/pressure cook(Hi) for 4 minutes followed by Quick Release.
  • Stir in dried fenugreek leaves, cashew paste and chopped cilantro. Mix well and serve with steamed rice and parathas.

Notes


Note: To cook this recipe on stove top, follow the recipe using a medium-sized pot. Instead of pressure cooking simply add extra 1/2 cup of water along with the mushrooms and then cook covered on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mushrooms are cooked through.

Nutrition


Calories:
180
kcal

|

Carbohydrates:
14
g

|

Protein:
7
g

|

Fat:
13
g

|

Saturated Fat:
6
g

|

Cholesterol:
19
mg

|

Sodium:
587
mg

|

Potassium:
687
mg

|

Fiber:
3
g

|

Sugar:
6
g

|

Vitamin A:
251
IU

|

Vitamin C:
10
mg

|

Calcium:
25
mg

|

Iron:
2
mg

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Hey there! I am a techie turned recipe developer, cooking instructor, and food blogger. I love food and enjoy developing easy and healthy recipes for busy lifestyles. I live in New Jersey with my husband and two sons.

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