Sticky Shitake Stir-Fry

Serves 2-3

Preparation time 20 Minutes

Cooking time 10 Minutes

Ingredients

Button mushrooms - 1 cup

Shitake mushrooms - 1 cup

Corn flour - 1/2 cup

Refined oil - 10 ml

Sesame oil - 1 tbsp

Garlic - 3 cloves

Ginger - 1 knot

Dry red chilli - 1

Onion - 1

Light soy sauce - 1

Bellpeppers - 1 each

Honey - 1 tbsp

Chilli paste - 1 tsp

Basil leaves - 5-6

A perfect option for people trying to cut down on their non-veg intake or are looking for vegetarian alternatives to Asian dishes. Mushrooms, especially shitake, have a nice meaty texture which makes it a perfect pick for this stir-fry.



Method

1) Soak the dried shitake in hot water and let it rest till they are soft and drain them BUT reserve the water.

2) Sprinkle corn flour over the mushrooms so that they are properly coated.

3) In a kadai, heat refined oil and fry off the mushrooms till they have a crispy crust around them.

4) In a separate kadai, heat sesame oil and add the chopped ginger and garlic to it and saute.

5) Break the dried red chilli and add it to the kadai.

6) Add the chopped onions and bell peppers to the kadai.

7) Add soy sauce, honey and chilli paste.

8) Tear the basil leaves and add them to the sauce.

9) Add the residual shitake water to the sauce to adjust the consistency.

10 ) Add the seasoning (salt and pepper).

11) Make a slurry of corn flour and water and add that to the sauce while stirring.

12 ) Mix in the fried mushrooms and coat it properly with the sauce.

13) Serve piping hot.

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