Cheesy Malai Mushroom Tikka

This mushroom malai tikka is a no fuss easy to prepare starter recipe. I thoroughly enjoy murgh malai tikka and always wanted to experiment the same using mushrooms this dish turned out beyond my expectations its truly a wonderful starter can be served with crispy slices of baguettes.
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Tips for purchasing and cleaning mushrooms:
Mushrooms are truly a delicacy but the art of purchasing and cleaning mushroom is something I have learnt over the years. When purchasing button mushrooms make sure the bulb or the bud of the mushroom is tightly closed to the steam.

Since super markets store it in large cold air coolers the mushroom turn brown in color. Make sure majority of the mushrooms are white and are not discoloured. I dont prefer to just wipe the mushroom with damp cloth and then cook it, I always wipe the excess dirt and wash twice before cooking.

After washing away majority of dirt I tend to leave the mushrooms in a colander and allow excess water to drain. Once the water has drained I line a plate with cotton cloth then spread the mushrooms on the cloth and allow to drain further. Please make sure you start this cleaning process 2 hours ahead of time before preparing your dish.

250 Grams Button Mushrooms
1/4 Cup Yogurt 
1/4 Cup Fresh Cream
1/4 Cup Grated Cheese
4 Green Chillies
1/2 Inch Ginger
5 Sprigs Coriander leaves
1/4 Tsp Black Pepper Powder
1/4 Tsp Garam Masala
Salt as per taste
1 Tbsp Butter 

Peel, wash and grate the ginger.
Finely chop the chillies.
Discard the coriander roots wash the stems and leaves properly pat dry and finely chop.
Chop the mushrooms in half.
Whip the yogurt well and reserve.
In a mixing bowl add the yogurt, fresh cream, grated ginger, chopped chillies, coriander, pepper powder and garam masala mix all the ingredients till well combined.

Add salt as per taste to the marination mix well. Add the mushrooms to the marination mix to coat well cover and allow the mushrooms to marinate for half hour.
Start Cooking:
Mix the marinated mushrooms once before place in the pan. Heat a pan on medium flame add butter before the butter melts completely start to place the mushrooms one at a time. Make sure the mushrooms are in one layer and are not overlapped. 

Gently flip the mushrooms to the other side after every minute. Cook the mushrooms for 5 minutes on each side. Once the mushrooms have grilled marks spread 2 tbsp fresh cream sprinkle grated cheese allow the cheese to melt. 

Once the cheese has melted serve hot with crusty bread and some white wine...Enjoy 😊. A perfect no fuss New Year's Eve dinner party starter recipe . 

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