Mock duck can was sitting on my shelf for quite sometime but I needed an occasion to cook. It arrived finally this week when a group of vegetarian women friends decided to have pot luck in my house. One thing good about inviting women for lunch is that none will come empty handed. They have to bring something.
It was a flash invite and unplanned one. but within two hours, all arrived with dish in their hand, all cooked their own speciality. those who didn't cook went to buy cake or ice cream. There were Dahi wadas, paneer in greens, doklas with coconut chutney, cauliflower with potatoes, veg briyani, and then there was also veg black chocolate cake and Gokul ice cream. A big variety..totally Vegetarian.
I only made veg mock duck, mushroom potatoes stew.
I normally don’t eat canned food but this is something that I relish. My friend asked me what is this Mock duck? Well, it’s a gluten based vegetarian food made of wheat gluten, oil, sugar, soya sauce and salt. It has its flavor from stewing gluten products in soya sauce and MSG.
There were some fresh mushrooms and potatoes too in my fridge, so cooking this combo was a perfect choice.
Mock duck and Mushroom, both have the tendency to pick up the flavors of the ingredients in which they are cooked. So it will taste good if it is kept for marination for one-two hours.
Early morning, I marinated mock duck and mushroom in
1 cup curds,
1inch grated ginger,
I tbsp garlic paste,
2 green chilies,
1 tsp garam masala,
1 tsp turmeric powder,
2 tsp coriander powder,
1 tsp red chili powder and salt.
Ready to cook? Put on your apron and begin
In a pan
heat 2 tbsp oil.
Add 3-4 cloves,
1 large bay leaves,
4 green cardamons,
1 star anis,
2 dried red chilies,
1 inch cinnamon stick,
1 tsp cumin seeds.
Add 1 chopped onion.
Mix till light brown.
Add marinated mock duck and mushrooms.
Add one chopped potatoes.
add 6-7 green chilies(makes it spicy, so beware)
Mix it well.
Add 2 finely chopped tomatoes.
Mix and keep stirring till oil separates.
Add half cup water.
Cover and keep it on low fire for twenty minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with freshly baked rotis
Tell me the truth...Are you drooling? Believe me..it was very tasty!!!