Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Spiced Mushroom and Capsicum Pie

Well today I cooked two pies. One is for lunch with my family-in-law (specifically dessert) and is a lemon lime and bitters pie. Hopefully it will be tasty.
The other one was a mushroom and capsicum pie with Indian spices that we had for dinner. It was good. I thought I would put the recipe up for the savory one today, then maybe I will put the recipe up for the sweet one after we eat it and I know if it is nice or not.

Spiced Mushroom and Capsicum Pie

  • 1 recipe pie crust (either buy, or make with one of these recipes). If making your own, pie crust should be refrigerated for at least 30 minutes before making the recipe.
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp dried ground cardamom
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 or 5 small mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 a large red capsicum, chopped into small squares
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper 
  • 1.5 tbsp tapioca or cornflour
  1. Line pie dish with one half of the pie crust and blind bake for about 15 minutes on 200 C. When done leave out to cool.
  2. Put a small amount of  olive oil in a pan and heat. Fry the coriander and cumin seeds lightly for 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Add the other spices, garlic and onion and fry until fragrant.
  4. Add the mushroom, capsicum, tomato and paste and water and stir till it is all mixed through.
  5. Add the salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle in the tapioca. Stir it through and cook for another few minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  6. Put the sauce into the prepared pie crust and put the second portion of crust over the top. Join the top to the bottom crust and cut a slit in the top of the pie so steam can escape.
  7. Cook for 20 minutes at 200 C or until pie is golden brown on the top.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes before eating.
Disclaimer: The amounts, times and temperatures in this recipe are approximate. If something seems too much or too little to you, change it. My only warning would be that putting too much turmeric will make it taste funny. Same with the tapioca/cornflour. :)

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