Its getting hot in here, and no, I am not quoting Nelly. It is HOT in Kolkata, and the occasional drizzle promises just one thing – the heat will be back with a vengeance. And today, I cooked this for lunch because I was unable to hold down anything that was too meaty, namely, meat.

So, this is the recipe. It is simple, straightforward, and picturesque. I hope you like it.
Take 8 dried cloud ear fungus or dried shiitake mushrooms, and rehydrate them by cooking them on high in a microwave for 5 minutes with 1 cup of water and then resting them for 30 minutes, or by simply soaking them in the said amount of water for 2 hours. I chose the former path. 
Slice the said mushrooms into bitty pieces, along with 200 gm. of button mushrooms. Reserve the mushroom liquor that has gathered in the bowl. Now, marinate the button mushroom in 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar, 1 tsp. fish sauce, 1 tsp. soy sauce and the mushroom liquor for 1 hour. 
Heat pan, add sesame oil and refined oil (about 1 tbsp. in all). Add 1 finely chopped onion, and a single dried red chilli, cut in pieces. Fry over high heat.
Add 1 tsp. grated ginger and the cloud ear fungus. Mix and stir fry. 
Add the button mushrooms and 1/2 tsp. sugar. Fry. 
Add the reserved mushroom marinade, pepper powder, and cover the pan. Cook for about 15 minutes, or till the water has been mostly absorbed. Add 1 cup of water mixed with 1 tbsp. cornflour. Cook till the gravy is thick. 
Serve over hot rice.
I know, I know, this recipe is just that. A recipe. But it is tasty. Give it a chance, and you will see how it soothes your soul. 
Written by Poorna Banerjee

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  1. poorna banerjee 2012-06-19 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Hey Puck. Cloud Ear Fungus is something you get here in Chinatown, Kolkata (go teritti bajaar). If you dont get it wherever you are (generally you get it in any Chinese grocery shop) then you dont put it in, or use dried shiitake or oyster mushrooms instead, no mind. Fish sauce and rice wine, similarly is available in most Chinese grocery shops and most supermarkets (in the Chinese, Thai or exotic foods area, go Spencer's or Food Bazaar), but you can always substitute with light soy sauce and normal white vinegar.

    Also you can check out this link

  2. Puck 2012-06-18 at 7:06 pm Reply

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Ana I *love* this recipe.

    The other day I got some milk mushrooms from Spencer's, put them in a pasta was delish!

    I'm gonna get some more and make this 😀 😀

    p.s: Where did you get the cloud ear fungus? And where could I source some rice wine vinegar and fish sauce??

  3. poorna banerjee 2012-06-06 at 4:29 am Reply

    you can also ignore it if you are not interested.

  4. poorna banerjee 2012-06-06 at 4:28 am Reply

    😛 nowadays available at most supermarkets.

  5. Addicted to Nailpaints 2012-06-02 at 3:43 pm Reply

    same to same… That's what wanted to say 🙂

  6. poorna banerjee 2012-05-28 at 1:03 am Reply

    Fish Oil?? Ummm, its not fish oil, but fish sauce.

  7. Addicted to Nailpaints 2012-05-27 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Wowow.. Will definitely try, unsure of where to find fish oil.. You have a nice blog and I am proudly following you..

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    http://addictedtonailpaints.blogspot.com

  8. poorna banerjee 2012-05-26 at 1:03 pm Reply

    hehe, and I am an elf. For always.

  9. Charissa 2012-05-26 at 1:01 am Reply

    Mmmm, mushrooms…I'm such a hobbit at heart…this looks fantastic!

  10. poorna banerjee 2012-05-22 at 4:29 pm Reply

    I put it on everything! 😀

  11. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 2012-05-22 at 3:57 pm Reply

    That looks so delicious and so versatile too! 😀

  12. poorna banerjee 2012-05-22 at 1:40 am Reply

    Thank You Jheelam, so lovely to see you here!

  13. Jheelam 2012-05-21 at 6:38 pm Reply

    luv ur blog 🙂 pics r really beautiful ..

  14. poorna banerjee 2012-05-20 at 7:01 pm Reply

    🙂 thank you Nafisa. Do come over to my blog again and check out more pics.

  15. Nafisa 2012-05-20 at 9:17 am Reply

    Love the 1st pic!! It sure does look like comfort food. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. poorna banerjee 2012-05-19 at 3:28 pm Reply

    It does so well go with my temperament, which is one short of exploding. 😀

  17. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake 2012-05-19 at 2:47 pm Reply

    I love mushrooms, I think they go so well with just about anything, especially in gravy form. 😀

  18. poorna banerjee 2012-05-19 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Thank you Anamika, I think the tomato idea is a good one, will have to add it and see.

  19. anamika 2012-05-19 at 11:41 am Reply

    hey ! this is one of my fav mushroom recipe..when ever i have it with rice i add tomatoes also 🙂 lovely pictures 🙂

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