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An Illustrated recipe to make Mattar (Peas) , Mushroom , Makhana (Foxnut) : The 3 M recipe

Updated on February 11, 2015

Why you should cook these foods more often !

  1. Mushrooms ( a powerful yet neglected ingredient because of its appearance and the fact that it is a fungus) are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium (8%), riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more (Source :
  2. Mattar (Green peas) are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. (Source :
  3. Makhane (Foxnut) is a herb which has antioxidant properties and helps in digestion, rejuvenates respiratory system.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: serves 4


  • 1 cup Mushrooms, diced
  • 3/4 cup Green peas
  • 11/2 cup Makhana (Foxnut)
  • 1/4 cup Cashewnuts, whole
  • 4-5 Kali mirch (Peppercorn), whole
  • 3-4 Elaichi (cardamom), whole
  • 2 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 medium Tomato, chopped
  • 5-6 pods Garlic
  • 1/4 inch Ginger, chopped
  • 2 Green chilli, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Haldi (Turmeric powder)
  • 2 tsp Dhania powder (coriander powder)
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kitchen king masala

Step 1

  1. Roast the makhana (foxnut) in Oil / ghee and keep aside.
Roasted makhana
Roasted makhana | Source

Step 2

Chop mushroom in medium pieces . Sauté in oil / ghee till half done. Add some salt at this stage. Keep aside.

Sauteed mushrooms
Sauteed mushrooms | Source

Step 3

Put cashew nuts and milk in grinder. Grind till it becomes a smooth paste. side by side grind peppercorns and cardomom with a mortar and pestle.

Cashewnuts and milk for grinding to smooth paste
Cashewnuts and milk for grinding to smooth paste | Source
Cloves and cardomom
Cloves and cardomom | Source

Step 4

Take Oil / ghee in a pan. Add jeera to it. Next add, chopped onion , tomato , garlic , ginger and green chillies to it and let it cook till oil separates.

After this add the cashewnut paste to the onion tomato paste and stir well.

Onion tomato paste
Onion tomato paste | Source

Step 5

Add peas to the tomato onion paste. Add the masalas (salt, red chilli powder , dhania powder , garam masala and kitchen king masala). Let the mixture cook till peas are half cooked.

To this paste add the grind-ed peppercorns and cardamom.

Peas in the tomato onion paste
Peas in the tomato onion paste | Source

Step 6

Add sauteed mushrooms and makhana (foxnuts) to this and let it cook till tender.

Mushroom and makhana added to the paste
Mushroom and makhana added to the paste | Source

Step 7

Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of garam masala and fresh chopped coriander and let it cook for 2 -3 mins. Turn off the flame. Serve hot with pooris or chapatis.

Coriander sprinkled as dressing
Coriander sprinkled as dressing | Source

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Makhana as a snack

Makhana can also be had for snacking specially during Navratra Vrat .

On how to use it alternatively follow the below link.

Makhana Kaju curry recipe

I also happen to find this recipe with makhana as main ingredient (In case you do not wish to add mushrooms and peas to your dish).

Follow the link below to read the recipe.


The above recipe can be made without adding Makhana to it . It can be a simple dish with basic ingredients which can be served with other Indian curries or Dal.

Check out the below link for a similar recipe. (Source : Recipe House)

How to make delicious mattar mushroom

Tip # 1

This recipe is supposed to be rich and thick. (I cooked in oil as I wanted a low fat version). If you are not weight conscious or are cooking for some important guests cook the dish in ghee and instead of cashewnut paste you can add fresh cream to make it more rich. Also you can add boiled raisins to the dish to add a different flavor.

Tip # 2

Play with your dish ! Add a variation to it. Instead of makhana you can have baby corn to this dish. Add more spice to it and you are ready with your own signature dish - Crispy corn with mushroom and peas in red curry. Voila ! Enjoy !

Makhana as an ingredient

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