I love to try gravy with different base, here is one, poppy seeds flavoured mushroom gravy. Poppy seeds are highly nutritious, rich source of protein, dietery fibre and also an base for preparing anti-cancer drugs. I have previously prepared Harira, where poppy seeds are pressed to yield milk which is had with poori/chapathi. Alternatively, poppy seeds are known to create false positive result in drug tests :( So, it is advised better not to carry them when you travel to other countries, especially to Saudi Arabia where it is regarded as an severe punishable offence.
For the masala paste (The following ingredients are dry roasted and ground into a fine paste)
- 3-4 tbspn khus khus/poppy seeds
- 3-4 dry red chilly
- 1 tsp whole dhanya
- 1 -inch cinnamon stick
- 1 black cardamon
- Pinch of ajwain
- 2-3 cloves
- 1 tsp of putane ki dal
- 3-4 garlic pods
- 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tbspn oil
- 1 tsp of crushed kasoori methi
- 1 onion, thinly chopped
- Mushroom - 200 gm
- Salt, as needed
Heat oil and add crushed kasoori methi, wait till they sizzle.
Add in finely chopped onions
Now add in khus khuswali masala paste, fry them and be careful while doing so because they can get easily burnt.
Add in halved mushrooms, salt and cook till mushrooms are done.
Add in one cup water as khus khus tends to burn very easily
Cover and cook till they are done, garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.