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Foodlyrics gets an assistant cook.. lol …. Girish !!! & cooking Mushroom chili

Hey guys..

How are you doing? It’s been a long time the Foodlyrics kitchen has been active.  Like I
have mentioned earlier been busy with work and I hardly get time (silly excuses). I have been following all your blogs..well mostly all of them as and when I can. I so missed this part and I wish I can get back to it again.

After a lot of thought Girish and I have decided to begin a new journey together (again) in this amazing world of culinary delight. We plan to post recipes and photos. It’s a small beginning and we truly hope we can make it large. We would need all your love and support for our new venture. We will try our best to visit your blogs and reply.

There are few things in store, beginning with a new look to Foodlyrics which is long due (and will take some more time).  A couple of recipes that are waiting to go live, loads of clicks and lots of love :).

It’s a great feeling to back, but as of now we will be posting recipes mainly on weekends and holidays. I will try my best to visit all your blogs and reply to everyone as much as possible. Thanks to Google reader that I have the feeds & and the links to your wonderful blogs.

Girish has been very active in the kitchen since our wedding and mainly after we moved to Pune. He is a big time foodie and I am glad that he is so interested in cooking as well.

A line or two from Girish,

Hello Everyone, I know many of you from the blogs and the delicious food that you cook. I happen to sit besides Deepa and get hungry looking at the tasty recipes. I wasn’t a great cook or interested in this part of the food process till recent times. Thanks to Deepa, her simply and easy cooking methods, Masterchef Australia because of whom the cook in me is alive ;)

I am glad that I am a part of this awesome experience…especially with Deepa which makes it double fun. Can’t wait to post, surf and reply on your wonderful recipes.

 Mushroom Chili

Sometimes we cook a dish at the last moment. On Sundays we generally plan the dinner menu well n advance. BUT then the inevitable thing happens. Girish says, “let’s eat something different, am pretty bored eating this.” I know he would be having what’s going to be cooked for dinner, but “something different” has to be there…Always.

We started thinking of what can be cooked as “something different” ;). Finally we landed on Mushroom chili. I had bookmarked a few in the past and after browsing through further I found this to be best and easiest recipe.

Thanks for sharing this recipe, it’s perfect & simple to understand and cook.

I haven’t followed the recipe to the point. Adding and removing bits accordingly.
The best part of this was most of the ingredients were readily available. Sent Girish to fetch fresh mushrooms and began cooking. Within a matter of half an hour this awesome tasty dish was ready. A perfect beginning to our dinner.


Capsicum – 1 ½ thinly cut strips
Onion – 1 big, thinly sliced
Mushrooms – 8 to 10 pieces cut into halves (thoroughly cleaned)
Garlic – 5-6 pods thinly chopped
Green chili – 1 deseeded & roughly chopped
Soya sauce – 1 ½ tbsp
Green chili sauce – 1 tbsp
Tomato Sauce – 3 tbsp
Corn flour – 1 tbsp
Water – ½ cup
Olive oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste


  • In a wok or khadhai, heat oil.
  • Add garlic and green chili and sauté for 3-4 minutes on medium flame
  • Add onions and capsicum, sauté for 5 minutes on medium flame
  • Add soya, green chili & tomato sauce and mix thoroughly and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the cornflour in a half a cup of water and stir it so that no lumps are formed. Keep it aside
  • Add mushroom and salt, mix well
  • Stir the cornflour mixture properly and pour it in the wok
  • Mix properly and let it simmer on low flame till the gravy thickens & the mushrooms are entirely coated with the gravy
  • Serves – 2/3 as a starter
  • Tips – This is a wonderful starter, side dish and can be served with rice and noodles

Tips – This is a wonderful starter, side dish and can be served with rice and noodles
You can use cubes paneer/ tofu (healthy ehh) instead of mushrooms took cook a tasty Paneer chili


Paneer Tikka

One of our close friends has always been telling me to prepare this dish since ages. Some how it never happened and I kept preparing other dishes. Today I made it a point to prepare paneer tikka and when it was done I gave him a call.

I also prepared this keeping in mind that not everyone would have an oven or a barbeque. This is entirely made on gas so that anyone can prepare this.

So here we have an all time loved, savoured starter, just by the name of which you keep drooling over it  and you just cant resist it no matter what!! ( I know the photos could have come much better..)

Ingredients –

Paneer / Cottage cheese – 200 gms
Green Capsicum – 1 large sized
Tomato – 1 large sized
Onion – 1 large sized

Marianade –

Oil – 2 tablespoons
Chili Powder – 1 teaspoon
Tomato Ketchup – 2 teaspoons
Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
Plain curds – ¼ cup
Cumin Powder – ¼ teaspoon
Ginger paste – ¼ teaspoon
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder – ¼ teaspoon
Salt – to taste.

Procedure –

  • Cut the capsicum, tomato, onion and paneer in to 1 inch cubes.
  • In a large bowl mix all the marinade ingredients together thoroughly.
  • Add the vegetables and paneer and mix gently.
  • In a non stick pan transfer everything except for the tomatoes and fry until the marinade is totally absorbed by the veggies and the paneer.
  • Skewer the vegetables with paneer alternately on the skewers.
  • Hold it on a high gas flame and add a little amount of butter just before roasting it.
  • Roast it till the edges are nicely done.
  • Serve hot with green chutney.

Tips –

Do not fry tomatoes as they will be cooked and will become tender.
You may also grill this dish on a barbeque tray, by placing the skewers on the top rack position in the oven at 200 degrees centigrade on broil mode. Turn the skewers occasionally. Place a drip tray below.