Anyway, this dish stuck in my mind, perhaps because it was also relatively easy to reproduce. Although you could use roasted cashews and vegetable oil, I think the raw cashews really make a difference here. It is one of those dishes where quantities are not that important, and you can adjust to your taste. Is is possible to put too many cashews in? Certainly not, but I usually hold myself to about 1/4 cup:
Mushrooms with cashews and tomatoes:
- 1-3 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil (corn for flavor, canola for health)
- 1/4 cup whole raw cashews (roasted if you can't find)
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon whole cumin seed, depending on taste
- 1/2 cup sliced scallions (white and light green parts only)
- 1-2 slice green chili peppers (if you can find any, add a 1 or 2 whole dried red ones after the cumin)
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 cup diced tomatoes, drained of juice (in season, use 1 cup halved fresh cherry tomatoes; you could also use del Valle canned cherry tomatoes)
- salt to taste
- 1 pound cremini mushrooms, whole if small, otherwise cut in halves or quarters (for washing, see below)
- 1/4 teaspoons garam masala (if you absolutely can't find or make this, substitute whole cumin, roasted lightly and ground, or even ground black pepper)
- Fry the cashews in the ghee in a large skillet on medium heat until browned but not burned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Add cumin seeds and cook on high for about 30 seconds until they turn a shade darker. If you are using whole dried pepppers, add once the cumin darkens.
- Add scallions, salt lightly, turn heat up to high and saute about 3 minutes until soft. Add the sliced green chilis and cook about 30 seconds.
- Add turmeric, stir in, and add tomatoes. Cook on high heat until the liquid evaporates.
- Add mushrooms, more salt if desired, and cook on high heat until they give off their liquid and it evaporates. The amount of time this takes will depend on the heat and the size of your skillet, but should take around 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with garam masala and serve.