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mushroom matar malai served with paratha, rice and cabbage salad
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Mushroom Matar Malai

Creamy, mildly spiced, with a touch of sweetness, Mushroom Matar Malai is one of my family’s favorite comfort food curries.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 316kcal


  • 1 lb white mushrooms quartered
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup warm milk or water
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 medium yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1- inch ginger roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper or black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped


  • Soak cashews in warm milk or water for 10 minutes.
  • Add onion, ginger, garlic, and green chili to a blender or food processor and blend to make a rough paste.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Saute mode and heat oil. Add the onion paste, salt, and saute for 4 to 5 minutes stirring frequently. Press cancel.
  • Add mushrooms and mix well. Add 2 tablespoons of water. Pressure cook for 4 mins followed by quick release.
  • While the mushrooms are cooking, make the cashew paste. Add cashews, milk, and yogurt to a blender jar and blend to a smooth paste. Reserve.
  • Once the pressure cooking completes, quick release by turning the pressure release valve from sealing to venting.
  • Open the Instant Pot and add the peas, pepper powder, garam masala, and sugar. Stir in the cashew cream. Give a quick stir and cook on saute until the curry comes to a gentle boil. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with parathas and rice.



To make this curry dairy-free, stir in unsweetened coconut cream in the end. Or you can make the cashew cream by soaking the cashews in water and then blending with water instead of milk.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 674mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 514IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 2mg
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