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Mushroom Pepper Fry | Kalan Milagu Varuval

Kalan milagu varuval is spicy stir-fry made with mushrooms flavored with freshly ground peppercorns along with little fennel seeds and cumin seeds. This easy to cook dish can be prepared in very less time and makes a great side dish to chapathi, mildly spiced pulaos and plain rice.

Mushrooms are low in calories, have low carbohydrates and fat-free, thus helps in weight loss and increases the strength of your immune system. They are very low in sodium and are a good source of antioxidants, vitamins and many other important nutrients. Black pepper, on the other hand, aids in digestion, weight loss and has many other medicinal benefits. 

This fry is not meant for those who can't tolerate spice! It's a very spicy fry with a strong edge on pepper, so check out the notes for a mildly spiced fry. Serve this hot with chapathi, some sliced cucumbers and a glass of sweet lassi for a complete hearty meal!


{ Spicy mushroom and capsicum fry with freshly ground black peppercorn }
Serves 2


250 grams mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 inch ginger, thinly sliced
2-3 green chillies, slit
1 sprig curry leaves
1 medium capsicum, thinly sliced
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
1-2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

To roast and grind:
1 ½ tsp black peppercorn
½ tsp fennel seeds / sombu
¼ tsp cumin seeds / cumin


1. Dry roast the pepper, fennel and cumin until to turn golden. Cool and grind to a coarse powder using a mortar-pestle or  mixie. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add ginger, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves and fry for few seconds.

3. Then add onions and fry till they slightly turn brown. Then add capsicum and saute for 3-4 minutes.

4. Now add the mushrooms and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilly powder and fry for a minute.

5. Add salt and cook till the mushrooms are soft and most of the water has evaporated.

6. Add the ground pepper-fennel-cumin powder and fry for another 2-3 minutes.

Notes and Tips
  • Do not add water to cook the mushrooms. The mushroom will ooze out water which is enough to cook it.
  • The curry is really spicy; for a less spicy version, reduce the peppercorns to 1 tsp and use just 1 green chilly.
  • You can use any variety of mushroom, but I prefer button or cup mushroom.


  1. just love the pics sona... the varuval looks so lipsmacking....

  2. havent tried this.. looks too good.. lovely clicks dear.. :)

  3. my fav mushroom fry so tempting clicks

  4. Tempting clicks sona........ Tasty and yummy stir fry!

  5. looks yum!!!! love mushrooms

  6. what a coincidence,Sona..i too just posted a mushroom recipe ,yummy :)

  7. Oh so spicy hot mushroom fry .Looks colorful

  8. varuval looks tooooo good.. nice clicks..

  9. scrumptious it looks,lovely pic

  10. Lovely..looks very tempting

  11. wow...super tempting:)
    Looks yummy and beautiful pictures

  12. Would love to finish that bowl of hot and delicious fry..Prefect side dish for rotis.

  13. Awesome clicks! Inviting and delicious mushroom fry..

  14. Love the pics.. looks very tasty and tempting..

  15. Delicious and mouthwatering mushroom fry, and beautifully captured..

  16. lovely post!!! neat clicks!! loved it dear!!

  17. Looks delicious and yummy. Nice clicks


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