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 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:)

Apu said...

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

Prathibha 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!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

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