Introduction Mushroom spread toast is a good option for morning or evening time snacks and is a delicious dish liked by elders and children alike.
Mushroom is a popular item to be used in dry vegetables or curries. There are many ways it is prepared in dishes. It can be cooked in oven or microwave or common gas stove.
Strictly speaking, it is not a vegetable as Mushrooms belong to the 'Fungi' group but while considering its food value it is commonly taken as a vegetable. Mushrooms are a good source of antioxidants, selenium, vitamin-D, fibre, potassium, vitamin-C etc. Regular use of mushrooms is considered as a healthy option. Moreover, it is a low-calorie food.
The preparation time of this recipe is about 30 minutes.
Ingredients The ingredients and their quantities for this recipe are mentioned below and will suffice for about 3 - 4 persons.
Method Clean and wash the mushrooms, drain them and chop in small pieces.
Peel garlic cloves and chop them finely.
Take a flat pan and put it on medium flame and pour the cooking oil into it. When the oil is heated up, add chopped garlic to it and saute for some time taking care that it does not turn brown. Add basil powder, black pepper, chilli flakes and chopped mushrooms and keep the stove flame to low. Add salt to taste. Now cook for 10 - 12 minutes. In between stir it with a flat spoon and see if any bottom sticking is there. If sticking is observed sprinkle little water time to time and stir.
Now add cheese and cook till it melts and mixes well with the mushrooms. Do not overcook as it will make the cheese hard. Now the mushroom spread is ready.
Keep the bread slices in an electric toaster and prepare the toasts. Do not keep for a longer time as the toasts will turn hard and crunchy. If you do not have a toaster then they can be heated on a pan by applying a little butter on both the sides. This way they will be almost like toasts.
Now cut each of the toast in two triangular parts and place the mushroom spread evenly by spreading it evenly. Keep these on a plate and they are ready to be consumed. Out of 8 bread slices, we will have 16 mushroom spread toasts ready.
Serving Serve mushroom spread toast with tomato sauce or pickle or some homemade chutney as per individual taste.
Variations Some people like the tomato flavour in the mushroom spread. They can mix 2 tbsp of tomato puree while cooking the mushrooms.
Those who do not like the basil flavour can replace it with 1/4 tsp of coriander powder and 1/4 tsp of chaat masala.
Conclusion Mushroom spread toast is an easy to make snack item which can be consumed during breakfast or tea time.
Author has given a very tasty and lip-smacking recipe of mushroom spread toast. Generally, most of the people prefer eating butter toast in the morning along with morning tea. The recipe that the author has mentioned is easy to prepare and is healthy as well.
Author has mentioned that mushroom belongs to a fungi group. However, it is full of nutrients and thus it is commonly considered as a vegetable. It is a rich source of pantothenic acid, niacin, copper, and selenium. It can fulfill 20% daily riboflavin requirement of the body.
You can even stuff mushroom spread in between buns or bread and eat as a sandwich. Those who do not eat bread can even stuff it inside chapatti or roti and then roll it to make chapatti roll. You don't have to prepare toasts at home. Ready-made toasts are available in the market at stores. However, they are very crunchy. Those who love extra hard and crunchy can buy the toasts from the market. Those who love little less crunchy can make them in a toaster or on the pan.
It appears to be an easy to make tastier snack option. Mushroom is nowadays being used in a variety of ways and is liked by the children much. Mushroom spread can be prepared using different spice combinations and accordingly different flavours are obtained. It can also be consumed along with garlic bread which will make it a delicious combination.
Mushrooms make it to my breakfast table too. I think they are versatile and can be used in Indian, Asian and Continental dishes. They can be added to soups and curries, used in pies and casseroles and served as snacks. I like the fact that they are low in calories and contain negligible fat. They have some amount of fibre and are packed with vitamins and minerals, particularly B vitamins, folate potassium, zinc, copper and magnesium. I serve them regularly because they are also high in antioxidants, mainly selenium, which reduces inflammation and protects against cell damage and chronic diseases.
I make a tangier version of mushroom toast. Sharing the recipe here –
Ingredients: 6 slices of bread, a large dollop of butter, finely chopped green chillies, finely chopped small onion, garlic 4-6 cloves chopped or grated, 8-10 button mushrooms, chopped, ½ bell pepper diced into bits, 1 tbsp sesame seeds, ¼ tsp chilli flakes (optional), ½ tsp each of dry basil and thyme, salt to taste, ½ tsp tabasco sauce, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and 1 tbsp honey.
Method: Saute the onions, garlic and green chillies. When the onions turn translucent add the bell pepper and mushrooms stir for a minute or two, on medium flame. Next tip in the rest of the ingredients, and saute, mixing them well.
Toast bread, either in a toaster or on a skillet, until it's crunchy. Scoop the mushroom mix on the toasted bread and serve.
The mushrooms can also be used to stuff a chapati roll. Smear some mayo on thin chappatis, and scoop the mushroom mixture in the centre. Roll the chapati and serve, with a dip or sauce.
You can do a variation of the recipe by adding different seasoning, for instance, crushed ajwain and jeera, instead of basil and thyme and pepper powder rather than crushed chilli flakes. Add corn instead of bell pepper or hot and sour sauce instead of Tobasco sauce.