June 4, 2011

Mushroom Pockets

Mushrooms have always been a favourite. There was a time when it was a rare commodity and I'd gotten into the habit of picking up a packet whenever I saw one. Now I live in a city where I don't have to even look and there's every variety of mushroom available in the shelves here. I hope to learn to use them all over time.

I found a punnet of assorted mushrooms in the supermarket the other day. The assortment was white button mushrooms, portobello mushrooms and shitake mushrooms. I brought them home and made these mushroom pockets. These are just like puffs, but they are made with shortcrust pastry instead of puff pastry.

For the pastry:

2 cups Flour
2/3 cup Butter
5-6 tbsp Ice Cold Water
1 tsp Salt

Place the flour, salt and butter in a bowl and mix together till the mixture resembles small peas. Gradually add the water and knead gently till it forms a dough. (Do not knead as you would for chapati/poori dough.) Roll out the dough and cut into squares.

For the filling:

200g Assorted Mushrooms, chopped
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Garlic pod, finely chopped
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tsp Chilli flakes
1/2 tsp Thyme
1 tsp Parsley
Salt and Lime juice to taste

Heat the oil in a pan. Add onion and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the thyme, parsley and chilli flakes and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes.

To Proceed:

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Place a little of the mushroom mixture in the middle of the pastry squares and fold over to form a triangle. Use a little water to seal the edges and press down with a fork.

Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy hot.

You can serve this with some ketchup if you like. We enjoyed them as they were.


Hari Chandana P said...

Very nice and lovely recipe.. looks so tempting.. thanks for sharing dear !!
Indian Cuisine

Anonymous said...

i make somthing similar, but without shortcrust... all that butter makes me cry! your pockets look lovely and beautifully browned.

Divya Kudua said...

The pockets look so cute--glad you are back to baking..and blogging:)

AJ said...

Looks delicious Raaga!! I too like home made pastry - so much better isn't it.

chef and her kitchen said...

Mushroom pockets look really delicious n yummy...never attempted shortcrust bcoz of d fear of butter intake...but they look perfect

Raaga said...

Thanks all!

If you don't make pastry everyday, it can't harm you that much :-)

Home made pastry is easy and so satisfying!

Unknown said...

wow, what a wonderful idea, it looks so great.