Odia Chatu Besara Recipe (Mushrooms in Spicy Mustard Curry)

Subhasmita Panigrahi
Odia Chatu Besara Recipe (Mushrooms in Spicy Mustard Curry)
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Odia Chatu Besara Recipe (Mushrooms in Spicy Mustard Curry) Mushrooms cooked in spicy mustard based sauce is a specialty of the eastern state of Odisha. 'Besara' is the Oriya used term for gravies made out of a thick base of the traditional mustard sauce. This dish uses minimal ingredients and is very quick to prepare. A comforting, flavourful curry, Odia Chatu Besara Recipe is best served with some hot dinner.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other curry recipes such as

  1. Chole Capsicum Masala Recipe
  2. Veg Chilli Milli Recipe
  3. Baby Potato Theeyal Recipe


Cuisine: Oriya Recipes
Course: Dinner
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

50 M


4 Servings


  • 400 grams Button mushrooms
  • 1 Potato (Aloo)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt , to taste
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , as required, for garnishing
  • Ingredients for the mustard paste
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 5 teaspoons Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
  • 5 Dry Red Chillies

How to make Odia Chatu Besara Recipe (Mushrooms in Spicy Mustard Curry)

  1. To begin making the Chatu Besara Recipe first clean the mushrooms thoroughly under running water. Cut them into halves and keep aside.

  2. Peel the potato and chop it into small pieces and keep it in a bowl of water until it is needed. Setting chopped potatoes aside in water helps retain their colour.

  3. Next, prepare the mustard paste. Place all the ingredients listed under “for mustard paste” into a blender and grind to a fine but thick paste. Add as little water as possible in order to ensure that the paste is thick and not runny.

  4. Now, to begin making the curry, add about 2 tablespoons of oil into a kadai or a heavy bottomed pan on a medium heat.

  5. First add the potatoes, sprinkle some salt and saute until they are almost cooked and get a light brown colour. Once the potatoes are cooked, transfer them to a paper towel to drain the excess oil and keep aside.

  6. In the same kadai, add the chopped tomatoes and toss them for a minute. Next, add the chopped mushrooms. Saute these on high heat for 6-8 minutes, until the mushrooms are half cooked. Add the roasted potatoes and turmeric powder and toss together for another couple of minutes.

  7. To this, add the prepared mustard paste, mix well and saute for 2 more minutes. Add salt and required amount of water of the gravy, as per the consistency you desire. Allow the curry to come to a boil so the masalas get cooked thoroughly. Simmer the Odia Chatu Besara on low to medium heat for about 5 minutes, until all the masalas get well absorbed by the vegetables.

  8. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve the Odia Chatu Besara along with dinner.