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Recipe of the week - Cardamom-flavored Mushroom Curry (India)

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Serves: 4
Takes: 40 minutes

I generally use green cardamoms rather than black cardamoms which have a more pronounced flavor. In southern India, cardamom plants are common, and you can spot the aromatic pods growing out from the ground by the leaves.

8 cups / 400 g mushrooms, sliced finelycardamom
1 onion, sliced finely
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2-4 tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped finely
¼ fresh chili, de-seeded and sliced finely, or ¼ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
seeds from 4 cardamom pods, crushed
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro/coriander, chopped
½ cup / 120 ml tomato juice or water
oil or ghee

1 Start by heating the fat and cooking the onion until it is translucent. Then put in the garlic and the mushrooms and sauté these until they begin to soften.
2 After that, add the tomatoes, ginger, chili powder, cardamoms and garam masala, the cilantro/coriander leaves and salt. Stir these in well.
3 Finally, pour in the water or juice and cook gently for 5-10 minutes until the mushrooms are very soft. Serve with rice or chapatis.

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