December 21, 2018December 24, 2018 3min readBy Zheel Patel
Masala stuffed mushrooms are the perfect appetizer for your next holiday party! The mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of spices, onions, garlic, ginger, jalapeños, mushroom stems, and breadcrumbs. The mushroom caps are brushed with tandoori masala and olive oil, then baked until golden brown and delicious. I used white stuffer mushrooms, but you can use any kind you like (baby bella mushrooms would work really well).
I hate being stuck in the kitchen the day of the party, so I try to come up with recipes that can be made a day or two ahead of time, and this is definitely one of them. You can prep them a day ahead and bake them right before your guests arrive. They make for a great finger food appetizer and are super easy to serve – which is a huge plus for me! Hope you all will enjoy this dish as much as I did.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the stems from the mushrooms. Chop the stems really fine.
In a bowl, mix 2 tbsp of olive oil, 2 tbsp tandoori masala, and salt. With a pastry brush, brush the mushrooms with the tandoori-oil mixture. Set aside until ready to use.
Heat a pan and drizzle a small amount of olive oil. Add the chopped onion into the pan; cook until onions are tender (about 2 minutes). Add grated garlic and ginger, cook until fragrant or around one minute.
Then add the chopped jalapeños, followed by the chopped mushroom stems, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the turmeric, red chili powder, cumin powder, ½ tsp of tandoori masala, and salt. Cook for about a minute or until all the spices are fragrant.
Turn off the heat and let the stuffing cool down a bit. Once it cools down, add the breadcrumbs and mix well.
Stuff all the mushrooms with the stuffing and place them on the baking sheet.
Place the stuffed mushrooms in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the liquid starts to form under the caps.
It is officially that time of year—the holiday season. There’s nothing like Christmas and New Year’s in the West Indies. Between the pepperpot in Guyana and the palm trees decorated in lights in Trinidad, the home food, warm weather and laid-back ambiance makes us wish we could escape the cold and head back to the Caribbean. Most of us, however, cannot “take holiday” and find ourselves hungry for fresh dhal puri and doubles. But, thanks to these Indo-Caribbean food bloggers, we can bring the motherland to our kitchens.
From Diwali mithai specialties to curry chicken, Matthew is creating a name for himself as a young Guyanese food blogger. He makes a great effort to incorporate Hindu holidays and traditions on his Instagram account, in conjunction with the customary foods and sweets associated with these religious events. However, his expertise does not end there, with new and alternative recipes for classic dishes such as curry chicken and bhara, Matthew takes center stage sharing both traditional Guyanese dishes as well as specific religious dishes made for festivals. His most popular YouTube video, with 1.4 million views, features his grandmother and focuses on the best tips to make the softest Guyanese paratha roti. In addition, his YouTube account is home to many videos offering guidance to Indo Caribbean cooking. Find recipes at @mattews.guyanese.cooking
Natasha Laggan of Trini Cooking with Natasha is wildly popular throughout the Caribbean and the U.S. With humble beginnings, Natasha credits her love of food to her family’s business. She speaks of the nostalgia home food provides her as she reminisces memories of her grandmother’s cooking and helping her mother make sandwiches early in the morning. Featured by Forbes, Natasha grew her Facebook following quickly throughout the pandemic by posting old YouTube videos. Today, she has more than 1 million followers on Facebook and over 200K followers on YouTube. She uses her passion for cooking and Trinidadian culture to bring easy-to-follow recipes to viewers. Her following has now reached the West Indian diaspora globally as she has also become a brand ambassador to two well-known food companies. Follow the food expert @trinicookingwithnatasha.
With over 100K followers on YouTube, Ria is quite the expert when it comes to making roti. Her dhal puri, sada roti and paratha roti tutorials have over 1M views! However, her expertise does not stop there. Of the 180 YouTube tutorials, her recipes vary from curry to other Trinidadian favorites like macaroni pie and pigtail soup. Just scrolling through her YouTube page makes your mouth water. From doubles to classic Trinidad bakes like pound cake and sweet bread, she provides precision and anecdotal commentary while guiding you through the familiarity of home food. Check out Ria’s page at @cookingwithria.
Known as Chef Devan, Devan Rajkumar embraces his Guyanese Canadian heritage by creating recipes combining flavors of both the East and West Indies. His love of food has allowed him to expand his role to judge in a popular Canadian cooking show: Food Network Canada’s Fire Masters. His cooking often blends the flavors of multiple cultures but also creates the classic recipes of his motherland. With a multitude of interests, Chef Dev uses his social media platform to connect with followers by sharing various aspects of his life that go beyond cooking. His most recent YouTube video provides a trailer for an upcoming video “Tastes Guyana” which shows him exploring Guyana from the inside, specifically deep parts of the inner country. To learn more about Chef Devan follow @chefdevan.
Reshmi is the chef behind the growing blog, Taste of Trinbago. A Trinidadian native who now resides in Texas, she uses her love of food and Trinidadian culture to share hacks, tips and easy recipes with West Indians throughout the globe. She finds a way to simplify traditional West Indian meals, that we once watched our elders make with curiosity. From holiday specialties like black cake to Diwali delicacies, Reshmi has brought vegetarian and non-veg recipes to followers in an extremely accessible way. She even posts recipe cards on her IG highlights for followers who may need written instructions. Her IG profile is a mix of various West Indian foods while also sharing bits of her life and even her secrets to baby food. Follow her @tasteoftrinbago.
These are just five Indo Caribbean food bloggers sharing their secrets to easy cooking. The once very daunting recipes and food instructions our parents gave have been simplified by most of these bloggers through video, voice over and modernized recipes. We no longer have to estimate a “dash, pinch or tuk” of any masala. We are just days away from Christmas and this is the perfect time to find the best-suited recipe to make that paratha for Santa.