December 20, 2009

Mushy roomies :-)



My earliest memories of mushrooms go back a long way to my teenage years. In Mangalore, one could find these umbrella-shaped forms growing in damp places, spots of white against the dark brown soil. Amma used to joke that they carried their houses on their heads :-)! Needless to say, they made a very pretty picture!


I don't remember when I first sampled mushrooms, but I do remember this - I didn't like the taste at all! So you could imagine my trepidation when CN, one of my roommates, bought a bunch of mushrooms for some culinary experiment. The smell of the cooking mushrooms was nauseating to say the least. Moreover, it was all-pervading. No matter where I went to escape that smell, it found its way to every nook and cranny of our house until I was forced to open the window and catch a whiff of the sub-zero cold air outside! A couple of hours and a frozen face later, I scurried back to the sanctuary of my room. The ordeal was over!


No matter where I went, I made it a point not to order anything that contained mushrooms. But alas, vegetarian food abroad more often than not contained mushrooms, and I couldn't fathom the reason as to how vegetarians liked it! A casual discussion with a friend who was trying to be vegetarian revealed that the taste of cooked mushrooms is akin to that of meat! Aaaarrrrgggghhh !


Slowly, my palette rediscovered the flavor of mushrooms thanks to stir-fried varieties in Thai and Chinese cuisine. I have gone as far as having them as a pizza topping. Till date, I love the sight of mushrooms growing but remain non-committal with regards to the taste.

9 comments:

bangaloretalking January 5, 2010 at 2:16 AM  

Hey Chitra,
This is anisha from Bangalore Mirror. I would like to get your permission to publish your blog entries in Bangalore Mirror. Please write to my e-mail id: anisha.rudranii@gmail.com or bangaloretalking@gmail.com

Chitra January 10, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

-/Anisha
Thanks for your interest Anisha. Have sent you a mail. Looking forward to your reply.....

rashmitha April 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM  

hi chitra this is rashmitha how are u i have same feeling with mashroom...but i like mushroom pizza' ya the taste is good
can u send me ur gmail address and mine is rashmitha86@gmail.com...ok what else bye tc..

Chitra May 19, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

-/Rashmita
Mushrooms on pizza tastes good! I guess if they are roasted they lose that 'fleshy' taste :-)!

Nishtha May 24, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

Hey Chitraaaaa,

I loved the blog. And I remember the incident too and who the roomate is in your blog :) lol.

Well, I would say that was a first bad encounter with mushrooms and first impressions are not always right :)

Chitra July 13, 2010 at 5:29 PM  

-/Nishthaaaaa
Ab dekh raheen hoon tera comment! This incident is the best example of how first impressions are not the best impressions ;-)!

Laks January 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM  

Button mushrooms are kinda nice if you cook them well, guess they shouldn't get too soggy.. sure you'll like em in that case :)

Aa Keling May 4, 2011 at 1:16 AM  

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Harini Rao August 21, 2012 at 6:32 PM  

Hi Chitra,

Nice to see your blog after a long time. I admire the way you articulate.
About mushrooms, i think most veggies don't like the taste.
But as you said, no choice for veggies in other countries.

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