Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom Pepper Fry

There is something about simple recipes, the way it celebrates each ingredient is just so gratifyingly yummy. Mushroom Pepper Fry recipe is one such recipe that celebrates the simplicity of its ingredients while maintaining the flavor complexity. A lip-smacking recipe that uses minimum ingredients, namely mushroom, black pepper, fennel, capsicum, onion, and garlic.

The Popularity of Cream of Vegetable Mushroom Pepper Fry recipe

First and foremost, Mushroom Pepper Fry is delicious, the wafting aroma of pepper and fennel alone will make you feel hungry. To top it all, it is a simple, quick, spicy and healthy recipe that is filling and light on the stomach at the same time. Quite versatile in its nature, this mushroom delicacy can be served as a snack, as a side dish or as a main dish accompanied with rice and roti.

Taste and Flavour of Cream of Mushroom Pepper Fry

A specialty of the Chettinad based dish, which is also known as Mushroom Varuval in South India, is that it is quite versatile. Usually served with rice or roti, it perfectly works alone or as a side dish with sambar, dal or any gravy.

Due to its unique flavor, Mushroom Pepper Fry recipe makes for a great stuffing for sandwiches and wraps. In fact, Mushroom Pepper Fry tastes really great with the pav-bun, kulcha, naan, and pita bread. The recipe also makes for an excellent base for a pasta or a noodle dish and interestingly it works as a great burger topping as well.

The Specialty of Cream of Mushroom Pepper Fry recipe

Even being a simple recipe, it does not compromise on taste. On the contrary, the pungency of black pepper, the perfumed sweetness from fennel, the shroomy-ness of button mushrooms, the slight zing of garlic and the crunchiness from the capsicum and onion combine together to make Mushroom Pepper Fry a flavorsome experience.

Serving and Presentation of Mushroom Pepper Fry recipe

With the green from capsicum already popping out form the brownish dish, Mushroom Pepper Fry recipe does not require many embellishments, just serve in a good looking bowl. Bell peppers could also be added to bring more colors.

However, as aforementioned, Mushroom Pepper Fry recipe can be a very versatile dish, so accordingly serving can be done in quite a few variations. For instance, a garnish with julienned ginger and sliced onion will suit quite well, when served with any bread. When served as a stuffing, tomato ketchup, mint chutney, garlic chutney or mayonnaise will be great accompaniments.

How to Prepare Mushroom Pepper Fry recipe

The distance between an empty stomach and a well prepared Mushroom Pepper Fry is just a few easy steps. Keep scrolling to discover the ingredients required and instructions for those easy steps.

Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom Pepper Fry in the Easiest Way

A beautifully simple dish that will take about 40 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of cook time. In simplest of terms, Mushroom Pepper Fry is prepared by sautéing Onion, Mushroom, and Capsicum with a mix of black pepper and fennel powder. The below-mentioned recipe and ingredients are for 2- 3 servings.


  • Sliced Button Mushrooms - 1¼ cup mushrooms
  • Onion – 1 medium sized
  • Capsicum or Bell pepper – 1 medium sized
  • Peppercorn – 1 Tsp
  • Fennel – ½ Tsp
  • Garlic – 2 -3 cloves
  • Cumin – ½ Tsp
  • Tomato – 1 large (deseeded or pureed)
  • Curry leaves - 1 -2 sprig
  • Green chilies(optional) - 1 to 2
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Turmeric – a pinch
  • Oil/Clarified butter(ghee) - 1 Tbsp

How to make

Step By Step Instructions for Mushroom Pepper Fry

Preparation for Mushroom Pepper Fry

Pepper and fennel powder:

  1. Dry roast the peppercorn for a few minutes or until it releases its peppery smell. Add roasted peppercorn and fennel seeds into a dry blender, grind to a coarse powder.

Chop the mushroom

  1. Wash the mushroom and pat dry with a clean napkin to remove excess moisture. Trim thin slices from the ends of the stems, cut the mushrooms into halves or quarters depending upon the size of the mushroom. Note that for Mushroom Pepper Fry, medium slices of mushroom is preferable.

Chop other ingredients

  1. Julienne onion and capsicum, deseed the tomato and cut into dices or puree the tomato instead, either crush garlic clove or chop into small pieces. If using green chilies, deseed and slice thinly.

Recipe for Mushroom Pepper Fry

  1. Add oil/ghee into a thick bottomed pan. Once heated add cumin. Add garlic when the cumin starts to splutter. Cook garlic for about 1 minute, don’t let it burn.

  2. Add chopped tomato or puree, a sprinkle of salt and turmeric. The salt aids the tomatoes to cook quickly. Cook the tomato on medium-high flame until it turns mushy and soft, a lid will further speed up the process.

  3. Maintain the medium-high flame and add onion, capsicum and green chili. Sauté them for 2 -3 minutes until the raw smell goes away. Overcooking will take the crunch away from them, so avoid that.  

  4. Now it’s time to add the mushrooms in Mushroom Pepper Fry. Let it cook for 2 – 3 minutes on medium-high flame. Add the pepper, fennel powder, salt, and curry leaves. Cover with a lid and reduce the flame to lower settings. 

  5. Let it cook for another 2 – 3 minutes, till the mushroom goes a little tender. Note that, mushrooms will initially release water, continue to sauté until the water is fully evaporated.   

  6. Give a good mix and switch off the flame and taste the freshly prepared Mushroom Pepper Fry, add salt or pepper if required.


Approximate nutritional value per serving for Mushroom Pepper Fry

  • Calories- 117 - 120
  • Total Fat - 7g
  • Sodium- 8 mg
  • Potassium - 389 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates - 11g
  • Dietary Fibre - 2g
  • Sugars - 4g
  • Protein - 3g

Recipe notes for Mushroom Pepper Fry

  1. Mushroom cooks easily and fast, also they release water, so they do not need additional water to cook. Overcooking the mushroom will make them mushy and spoil the recipe taste.
  2. One of the highlights of the recipe is the pungency of pepper, depending upon your tolerance add the pepper powder generously.
  3. Small button mushrooms work best for this recipe.


This is the famous Mushroom Pepper Fry recipe which you can try at home. You can rest assured you will get praised for your cooking skills.

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