Almi or Mushroom Fry

Mushroom Fry

Mushroom Fry

Goa gets 100 inches of rain. And so we can safely say when it pours it pours. You cannot escape getting drenched. With the rains comes the ban on deep sea fishing and so the trawlers do not venture in the seas. Goan being Goans miss their fish and some go fishing and fish in the riversides. It’s common to see men patiently plying their nylon strings with different baits and trying their luck.

Then comes the month of Shravan so no fish or chicken But it’s the right time for mushrooms or Almi as they are called here!

Not for us are the common button mushrooms that are available all year round but the delicious ones that grow in the forests, on the anthills. Sharavan with its play of heavy rains and sunlight helps these delicacies to grow. They are highly sought out and hence very expensive at Rs.500/- to 700/- for 100 buds the vendor says they are a steal! As a buyer I am yet to count 100 of them in a packet.

Mushrooms fresh, mushrooms!!

Mushrooms fresh, mushrooms!!

The packaging is done not in plastic cloth but in the leaves that are picked from the forest. (In my desire to finish buying them I have never checked the name of the tree from which the leaves come from. Will rectify matters this season.) They are displayed on the leaves and you bargain with the lady as,

“Kashe Ge?”

“ Var Bai. Bare Valle Kalye asa!”

“ Vallle Ge? Kashe they. 100 Asa? Mesun ghalta? Mage?”

“800/- Bai”

“Avaish Naka Ge”

Translated you ask the lady “how much “

“ Take Bai. They are big buds!”

Big ones? How much? Are they 100?  Will you count and give me 100?”

“800/- BAi”

Loosely translated Avaish is mother mine I do not want them.

Go around then come back because she has the best ones and tell her that you are willing to buy 2 or 3 packets how  much she charge you. So she will tell you say 600/- you end up paying 500/- if there is too much competition and if you are lucky.

Then begins the hectic race.

They are dirty and need to be washed.  The girls in charge first soak them, change 3-4 waters rubbing them as you change the water. Bear in mind that this is the best soil that you can get so each change of water ends up in the pots for none of us want to go down and pour the water in the garden.  After the last change the girls are busy at work.  Armed with toothbrushes set aside for this very purpose they single-mindedly clean the mushrooms. The ones that have bloomed are thrown out but the mushrooms are segregated. The small or medium ones end up in tonak. The big ones are set aside for Almi fry. Check out the tonak here but for Almi fry………….sluuuuuuuuuuuurp the best thing on this side of the world just follow me.

This is my Blogging Marathon entry for the month long Marathon under the theme” Seasonal”!

mushroom fry

Ingredients:

  • Almi /mushrooms
  • Salt
  • Chilli powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Rava or coarse rice powder
  • Oil

Method:

  • On a clean cloth dry the Almi/mushrooms.
  • Apply salt, chilli powder and turmeric powder and set aside, say for ½ an hour.( See notes)
  • At the end of the ½ hour there is some amount of water that has oozed out of the mushrooms (osmosis at work) take the mushrooms and dredge then in the rava or coarsely ground rice flour. Since the mushrooms are wet the flour or rava will stick to the mushroom.
  • Transfer the mushroom to a non-stick tava and add oil.
  • Cook covered on low flame after about 5-7 minutes flip the mushrooms and cook on the other side. They are done when there are brownish spots on the mushrooms or the flour.
  • I am sorry I cannot show you a picture of the cooked mushrooms. The clamour for the mushrooms is so like a fish market that I always have forgotten to get the picture. Maybe this year I will be lucky! Keeping my fingers crossed!

Notes:

I cannot tell you the exact time for which I keep the mushrooms marinating as I am busy making the tonak at the time. Generally I keep my fried and ground masala in the freezer ready just need to cook the rest of the mushrooms then add the masala that takes 30 to 45 minutes.

This is the last thing that I fry.

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17 thoughts on “Almi or Mushroom Fry

  1. Vaishali Sabnani April 22, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

    ya mushrooms are available in loads of varieties…of course cleaning them can be a process in itself, since these are straight from the hills…but a good variation…will book mark and make the same in button ones for Tarun..he is a great fan of these.

  2. nayana April 22, 2013 at 9:39 am Reply

    Just loved reading your post and throughly enjoyed the verbal trip to Goa, missing it ….

    mouthwatering dish too…..

  3. Corporate2Kitchen April 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm Reply

    These mushrooms are the yummy ones.We get these in coorg & I love these. They have the real taste unlike the othes.

  4. pinksocks April 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply

    Wow… I have never got a chance to taste these. The stir fry looks amazing. 🙂

  5. Priya April 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm Reply

    Wow super fresh mushrooms, this stir fry looks fabulous and definitely inviting.

  6. sujitha ruban April 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm Reply

    Mushroom….. sure wanna try ur version….

  7. Rajani April 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm Reply

    You have very clearly explained the whole thing, right from the moment you spot them in the market till the moment it is served in the plate :-)))..

  8. Srivalli April 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm Reply

    That surely looks different!…

  9. harini April 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm Reply

    Very different indeed!

  10. Pavani April 26, 2013 at 4:23 am Reply

    Those mushrooms look different from what we get here. I’m only one eating mushrooms in my household. I’m sure I’ll love that dish 🙂

  11. Manju April 28, 2013 at 3:58 am Reply

    Oh these mushrooms taste so good missing this its been long time I have tried this. Mouthwatering here.

  12. PJ May 2, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply

    Never seen these mushrooms.We get the button and the large flower types here. Enjoyed your conversation and these mushrooms seem pretty expensive.But I am sure to try this with button mushrooms. I have a home full of mushroom lovers:)

  13. veena May 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Never seen these. This looks interesting

  14. Suma Gandlur May 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm Reply

    I am seeing this for the first time and the dish looks different.

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