Inspired by Magic Oven Paachakam show on Kairali TV hosted by Mrs. Lakshmi Nair (show dated 30th May 2010). She made Chicken Bell Pepper Stir Fry. I substituted chicken with mushroom (a vegetarian's best alternative to meat). The preparation is fairly simple, but what gets to me is slicing of spring onions, garlics and capsicum. I outsourced that to my cook who probably was muttering under her breath (I did not hear it, so I am okay with it).
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- Button Mushrooms - 3 packets (not sure of the weight)
- Bell Peppers - 2 (I used 1 yellow as well, but the green ones are good enough)
- Onions - 2
- Spring Onions - 1 bunch (bulbs and stalks separated)
- Garlic - 10 cloves sliced finely
- Green Chilly - 2 slit finely
- Ginger - 1 inch piece slit into thin strips (optional - I did not use it)
- Soya Sauce - 2 tblsp
- Chilli Sauce - 1 tsp
- Salt - to taste
- Pepper - 2 tsp
- Cornflour - 1 cup
- Oil - 5 tblsp
- Slice mushrooms into 2. Soak in hot water for 15 minutes.
- Marinate with salt and pepper and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Roll them into cornflour and set aside. (I was lazy to roll each one, so I just mixed it all. Not sure how different the taste would be had I rolled it)
- Heat oil in a wok.
- Fry chilly and garlic till brown.
- Add the mushroom and stir fry.
- Add soya sauce and chilly sauce.
- Fry till mushrooms are done.
- Add cut capsicum and toss around.
- Add onions, spring onions and continue frying.
- Add salt if required at this stage (after testing)
- Keep on low flame till the onions and capsicum become soft but not fully cooked.
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As I told you, the preparation is fairly simple. Peeling, slicing the onions, garlics and the spring onions was what was holding me back, but when I found a scapegoat to do that for me, I was more than willing to prepare this for lunch today.