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Linguine pasta - 275 gms
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Garlic clove - 1 (crushed)
Virgin olive oil -  2 tbsp
Open cup mushrooms - 225 gms
Parsley - 3 tbsp (chopped)
Dry white wine - 2 small glasses
Oyster mushrooms - 150 gms
Chestnut mushrooms  - 150 gms
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Greek yoghurt - 225 ml

  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes over a low flame, until softened but not browned.
  • Bring a pan of lightly salted water to the boil, ready for pasta.
  • Meanwhile wipe all the mushrooms clean on kitchen paper.
  • Finely chop the open cup mushrooms, and add them to the pan with the onion and garlic. Continue cooking gently until the mushrooms soften.
  • Add 2 tbsp of parsley and the wine, then bring to the boil and cook for 2-3 minutes until the wine has almost evaporated. Reduce the heat.
  • Add the linguine to the pan of boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions, leaving the pasta cooked but slightly firm.
  • Meanwhile slice the remaining mushrooms. Add them to the reduced mushroom mixture  and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook gently for 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are just tender.
  • Drain the linguine, then return it to the saucepan and stir in the yoghurt.
  • Pour the mushroom mixture onto the linguine, toss lightly together, the spoon onto serving plates.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining parsley and serve immediately.

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Dondakaya Masala (Gherkins Masala) curry

Dondakayalu - 250gms
Onions - 2
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Tamarind juice - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4tsp
Salt to taste

For Masala paste:
Peanuts -1 tbsp, Red Chillies - 3 no.'s, Gingely seeds - 1tbsp, Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp, coconut powder - 1tbsp,  cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Cut the onions into small pieces. Slit the dondakayalu into 4 long pieces. Dry roast all the masala ingredients and grind to make fine powder. Heat the oil add jeera when it crackles add onions. Fry onions for 5 minutes add dondakayalu, turmeric and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes the add the masala powder, tamarind juice and some water. Cook the curry till the oil floats. This curry goes well with rice and roti.