Recipe of Mushroom Theeyal - Special Kerala dish

Mushroom Theeyal is a common dish made in Kerala as Mushroom is found in abundance in this state. It is called as "Kumil Theeyal" in southern part of Kerala. Here I have given the recipe of Mushroom Theeyal.


Mushroom is a small fleshy fungal growth found almost everywhere in Kerala especially during rainy season. Mushroom Theeyal is a very tasty dish which can be used along with Chapatis and Rotis. One have to be really careful while picking mushrooms as there are poisonous mushrooms as well. Mushroom is known by the name "Kumil" and "Koon" in Kerala.

Ingredients :

  1. Mushroom(white) : 250 Gms

  2. Small Onion : 150 Gms

  3. Green Chilly : 2 Nos

  4. Tomato : 1 No (Small)

  5. Turmeric Powder : 1/4tsp

  6. Salt : To taste

  7. Coconut : 1/2 Cup

  8. Cashew Nut : 10 Nos

  9. Aniseed (Perimjeera) : 1/4 tsp

  10. Pepper Powder : 1/4 tsp

  11. Chilly Powder : 1 tsp

  12. Coriander Powder : 1/2 tsp

  13. Coconut Oil : 1 tblsp

  14. Mustard seeds : 1/4 tsp

  15. Curry Leaves : 2 Sprig

  16. Red Chilly (Dried) : 2 Nos

  17. Water : 1/4 Cup

  18. Method of Preparation

    • Clean and cut each of the Mushroom into four equal pieces.

    • Remove the skin of Small onions, wash it and cut into two equal pieces. Also clean and chop the green chillies and tomato.

    • Take a vessel, put the chopped mushrooms, small onions and green chilly into it and pour some water to it.

    • Also add turmeric powder and allow it to boil.

    • Once boiled, add salt to taste and the sliced tomato to have a sour taste.

    • While the mushrooms are getting cooked, take another vessel and fry the grated coconut, cashew nut, pepper powder and perimjeera without pouring oil into it until the mixture turns brown in color.

    • Then add chilly powder and coriander powder to the mixture. Stir well and switch off the flame.

    • Keep it aside and allow it to cool.

    • Grind the fried mixture by adding little water.

    • Add the paste to the cooked mushrooms and stir well. Add curry leaves as well and allow it to cook further.

    • After few minutes, once the curry is boiled, switch off the flame.

    • Take one small onion and slice it into thin pieces.

    • Then take a small pan and pour oil into it. Add mustard seeds and once it cracks, add the nicely chopped small onion and red chillies to it. Switch off the flame and pour it into the cooked dish and close the lid.

    • Serve hot.

    Cooking Tips related to Mushroom Theeyal

    • Those who like sour taste can add little tamarind paste as well.

    • Add only little water to cook the mushrooms as they themselves have water content in it.

    • While frying coconut, you can add a tsp of oil so that the mixture won't get stick to the pan or else use non-stick pan.

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