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Spiced Mushroom Tart

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Enjoy Reena Pastakia’s awesome spiced mushroom tart that costs nothing to make.


By Reena Pastakia

Spiced Mushroom Tart

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Enjoy Reena Pastakia’s awesome spiced mushroom tart that costs nothing to make.


  • 1 small onion
  • 5 grams root ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 30 grams natural yogurt
  • 140 grams mushrooms
  • 2 small spring onions
  • Salt
  • Pinch chilli powder
  • 0.75 teaspoon coriander cumin powder
  • Pinch turmeric
  • Pinch garam masala
  • 15 grams tomato puree
  • 10 grams coriander
  • 45 grams salted butter
  • 175 grams plain flour
  • 45 grams lard




  1. Pre-heat oven to 200?c.
  2. Grease four 9cm tartlet cases.
  3. Put coriander cumin powder, turmeric, garam masala, tomato puree, salt, chilli powder, sunflower oil and natural yogurt into a mixing bowl.
  4. Wipe the mushrooms and quarter them.
  5. Add the mushrooms to the mixing bowl and mix.
  6. Chop the coriander, root ginger, onions and spring onion.
  7. Add to the mixing bowl and mix.
  8. Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl.
  9. Add the butter and lard in pieces and rub in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  10. Make a well in centre of the mixture and add approx 7 tsp cold water to form a firm dough.
  11. Divide into four and line four tartlet cases.
  12. Fill the tartlets with the mixture.
  13. Bake for 25-30 minutes until both the pastry and mushrooms are cooked.
  14. Remove from the oven and serve.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins

Reena Pastakia

Reena grew up thinking Indian cooking was a dark art where the quantities of spices required in each dish were innately known to a chosen few. It was only after she married an Englishman with a voracious appetite for Indian food that she started phoning home for cooking tips. She started her blog (coconutraita.com) in an attempt to document her family’s recipes and make Indian cooking accessible to all.

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