Health Benefits Of Mushroom And Some Easy Mushroom Recipes

Health Benefits Of Mushroom And Some Easy Mushroom Recipes

A hot bowl of thick mushroom soup, with some extra black pepper, beside the fireplace, some slow music and the winter evening flows! Yes, the goodness of mushrooms can bring you another level of joy! Whether in soup, salad, curry or with stir fried veggies, nothing can bit this magical ingredient. Not only taste, but the health benefits of mushrooms are also vital. Being a protein rich ingredient, mushrooms are good for many reasons. We will discuss in detail about various mushroom related facts in this blog.

Edible mushroom types:

There are a lot of mushroom varieties found that grow in the wild forest or anywhere. After all, a fungus doesn’t need much care to grow up, right! But all these are not edible. Mushrooms that are cultivated scientifically are ideal for eating. In recent times mushroom cultivation has taken a huge part in the agriculture industry as well and many farmers are growing mushrooms with scientific methods which can be consumed without any hesitancy. Now different types of edible mushrooms are available in the market- fresh, canned, dried or in powdered form. While in most of the places and their cuisines, white mushroom or button mushroom is popular, oyster mushroom is one of the kinds that are also used in good numbers, especially in Asian cuisine. Here are some of the popular types of edible mushrooms:

  1. Cremini mushroom
  2. Morel mushroom
  3. Oyster mushroom
  4. Lion’s mane mushroom
  5. Lobster mushroom
  6. Chanterelle mushroom
  7. Enoki mushroom
  8. Button mushroom
  9. Hedgehog mushroom
  10. Porcini mushroom etc.

Health benefits of mushroom: 

Do you know 80% of Indians are vitamin D deficient? Yes, that’s true. But the good news is that mushroom is a good source of vitamin D. According to different mushroom types, the nutrition values vary a bit. But the common fact is that all mushrooms are nutrition rich. Talking about the most commonly used white mushroom, it is low in calories and sugar, high in protein and vitamin D. Mushroom is a very good source of Zinc, an essential element for immune boosting. It is loaded with minerals and antioxidants. Health benefits of mushroom include- immune boosting, promotes heart health, controls blood pressure, has anti cancer property and the list goes on.

How to cook mushroom:

Do you eat fungus? Literally? Yeah, why not! If you follow trends in fashion, why not in eating! Mushroom, although a fungus, but considered as a vegetable in culinary terms. It is delicious, rich in nutrients, safe to eat and can be cooked in different ways. Most popularly mushroom is used in soups. Other preparation may include- mushroom curry, mushroom stir fried, mushroom salad, mushroom in sandwiches, mushroom pickle and dips etc. This is such an ingredient that can be easily paired with other ingredients in a dish and requires less time to cook as well. If you know how to cook mushrooms properly, it can be a great add on to your lunch platter, a comforting dish to your dinner time.

Winer winer mushroom dinner!

Your friend who loves mushrooms came for lunch and you don’t know how to cook? No worries, here are some of the tasty and easy mushroom recipes to help you out, which can be cooked with least preparation.

Mushroom soup: Stir fry the mushrooms in butter, then grind it and make a paste. Add water to the paste and bring it to boil. Add some previously fried mushroom pieces along with. Add salt, paper and serve hot.

Mushroom curry: Fry ginger garlic paste and finely chopped onions. Add tomato puree, turmeric, salt and garam masala or any spices you like. Add mushroom pieces, add water and bring it to boil. After the curry thickens a bit, serve hot with rice or chapati.

Mushroom salad: My favourite mushroom salad recipe goes like this- mix cabbage, carrot, beetroot finely chopped, boiled sweet corn, boiled and smashed potato and stir fried mushrooms in a bowl. Add tomato catch up, mayonnaise, salt, paper and a few drops of lemon. Mix well and it’s ready.

So, grab your packet of mushrooms today, create amazing dishes and enjoy the goodness of this amazing veggie! 

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