Mushrooms are gaining popularity these days due to their versatility and powerful health benefits. The other names of mushrooms are 'Khumbi' in Hindi, 'Puttagodugulu' in Telugu, 'Kaalan' in Tamil, 'Koon' in Malayalam, 'Nayikode' in Kannada, 'Khumb' in Marathi, 'Banger Chataa' in Bengali.
Mushrooms are considered as a superfood, as they are loaded with numerous health benefits. Mushrooms help in treating high cholesterol levels, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes. They also help in weight loss and increase the strength of your immune system.
The most common type of mushroom is white button mushroom which is widely used as an ingredient in a variety of dishes as well as sauces. Button mushrooms are known for their medicinal properties and have been used in countries like China, Korea and Japan in the treatment of disorders such as allergies, arthritis, bronchitis as well as cancers of the stomach, esophagus, and lungs.
Currently there are over 10,000 known types of mushrooms. There are all sorts of different mushrooms in the world and many of them are used in numerous culinary uses. From common edible mushrooms to exotic varieties from the far-east, the earth offers thousands of them. Why should we eat mushrooms?
- Mushrooms have low calories, no cholesterol, no fat, no gluten, and they are low in sodium.
- They are a good source of fiber and unsaturated fatty acids.
- They are rich in nutrients such as Vitamin B and minerals like selenium, copper, and potassium. Tips for buying and storing mushrooms:
- If a mushroom smells musty, looks dirty and wilted and has molds on it, never bring it home.
- It must look fresh and should be spotless.
- The best way to store mushrooms is to keep them in paper bags.
- You can also wrap them in kitchen tissue and then loosely put the in plastic bags with holes.
- Storing them in plastic bags is not good as it makes them sweat as they don't get fresh air. How to clean mushrooms?
- Ideally it is recommended that you should dust the mushrooms with a light brush and then store. - Washing is not advised as mushrooms soak up water.
- If this does not satisfy you, you can clean them with a damp towel.
- If you can't do without washing, put them under running water and rub them with your hands. Pat dry them with a towel so that no water remains ior they will lose their taste.
Here are 10 best mushroom recipes that will re-define your love for this veggie. Scroll down to know more: Mushroom Tikka
This snack can get any party started! These tikkas are made with button mushrooms, onion, gram flour and a melange of spices. Cheese Overload Mushroom
A quick and easy snack to impress those unannounced guests. Crispy golden on the outside and soft and cheesy on the inside, it is a culinary marvel if made well. Garlic Mushrooms
A recipe that makes for a light and interesting meal! This recipe is perfect for a busy day or for when you are too lazy to cook. Mushroom Bruschetta
Keep hunger pangs away with this delicious dish! It is light and tasty and is a favourite tea time snack. You can also pair Mushroom Bruschetta with cocktails. Mushroom Curry
Mushroom in a luscious creamy gravy with mild spices and fresh cream. You can pair it with steamed rice or paratha. Mushroom Kebabs
Kebabs never fails to entertain friends and family. And Mushroom Kebabs are loaded with taste and pair well with all kinds of drinks.
Creamy, sinful and delicious! An interesting dish made with Arborio rice, mushrooms, low fat cream, and a few spices.
Use of chicken broth along with mushrooms enhances the taste of the soup making it flavorsome. It is thick and creamy and tastes best with garlic bread.
A meal that satisfies the soul! This dish is made with just a few ingredients and tastes heavenly.
Mushroom Toast is one of the most delicious toast recipe which can be made in minutes using mushrooms, bread, tomatoes, curd, capsicums, cream, cottage cheese, seasonings. This dish will leave you wanting for more