Hip Superfood, Ingredient of the Year: Mushrooms Everywhere

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From inspiring Sylvia Plath’s extensive metaphor for the women’s rights movement to her being named “Ingredient of the Year” by The New York Times For 2022, and trends have topped nutritional forecasts for the past four years before that — mushrooms are having a long moment in the spotlight.

They’ve been a part of the human diet since the time we were hunters and gatherers, but their current rise is largely due to the growing popularity of the plant-based food movement. With their texture, delicious taste and nutritional value, those who are switching to vegetarian or vegan lifestyles have increased their consumption of mushrooms. In the food sector, the range of uses for which mushrooms are used has led to increased demand.

Mushrooms are sustainable – they require minimal water, space and electricity to grow. Biodegradable packaging, as well as the use of mushrooms to brew handmade, non-alcoholic beer and the creation of dairy alternatives further increase the appeal of mushrooms to conscious consumers.

In India, mushrooms have been a mainstay of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lifestyles. But here, too, the chefs introduced new types of mushrooms that diners might not have been accustomed to, creating recipes that combine the best mushrooms, flavors and Indian cooking.

“Edible mushrooms have dominated the food and beverage sector, a multi-billion dollar industry today due to the lower cost of production compared to meat products,” says Navneet Shekhawat, chef at Nest Resort Jaipur. slurp. The rise of conscious consumerism has also contributed to the spread of mushrooms around the world. The younger generation cares about the environment and the environment, and they realize that mushrooms are a sustainable food with the unique property of absorbing carbon and [have] No methanol emission. ”

Shekhawaat serves mushrooms in four dishes at Nest Jaipur: Shiitake and Chicken Congee; Spicy Mushroom Salad; Mushroom Antipasto; Mushroom stew.

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There are approximately 2,000 species of mushrooms that have been identified as edible worldwide. In India there are about 200 of these 2000 species. Some of the very popular and commercially grown varieties in India are White Button, Portobello, Shiitake, Oyster, Enoki, Shimeji, Porcini and Paddy Straw. As Chief Executive Chef Ramit Kohli of Taj City Center, Gurugram points out, no matter where a particular variety is grown, the mushrooms can be easily transported in their dried form, and preserved for years. Kohli uses delicious Italian porcini mushrooms – dried – in porcini cream soup as well as stuffed porcini steak. Restaurateurs are well aware of the health benefits of mushrooms because the superfoods that make these dishes the stars of the list.

Kohli enumerates other dishes in which mushrooms play a starring role: “In Indian cuisine, we use mushrooms with different types of lamb main dishes, or to make aromatic kumbh pulao or even curry bharvan guchi (stuffed morel mushrooms).”

At the Radisson Blu MBD Noida, mushrooms are a vital ingredient in nearly every dish except dessert. Think soups, salads, pulao, bruschetta, curries, and kebabs. “Gucchi Pulao is one of our richest Made in India dishes and a bestseller,” says Nitish Kumar Singh, Executive Chef of the chain.

“Mushrooms are used in different ways around the world. For example, we use a combination of wild mushrooms and truffles in Al-Funghi Pizza, which is one of the most requested dishes at Three Kitchens Restaurant & Bar, our all-day dining restaurant. We also have an exclusive station In one of the restaurant’s live kitchens for fried mushrooms we serve 7-8 different types of mushrooms during each meal period,” says Mayor Tiwari, Executive Chef,

At The Ritz-Carlton, Pune, a dedicated stop in one of the live kitchens, you can have 7-8 different types of fried mushrooms at every meal. (In all, the hotel uses approximately 12-13 types of mushrooms across their dining experiences.) At the modern Japanese restaurant Ukiyo, Mushroom Kamameshi (which uses a blend of fresh mushrooms), and Teriyaki Mushroom Taco (a blend of Shimeji, Enoki) and Nori and Soy Garlic Forest) are my favorites.

Chefs hope mushrooms will have a prosperous future in India. “As people gain more exposure to the world and how mushrooms are used in various kitchens, they are keen to sample different types of mushrooms and experience their unique taste and texture,” says Dr. Vikram Vithal Kamat, Chairman of VITS Kamat Group. In other words, as Sylvia Plath emphasized –

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