Whole mushrooms coated in a golden linseed batter, baked to perfection and served on a bed of fresh pea shoots and thinly sliced radish. A thick, tangy Korean-inspired dressing brings a spicy punch to round off the dish.This was a lovely light dinner that I had recently. Baking the mushrooms with no added oil turned it into a tempting but guilt-free option!
In this recipe, I actually used milled linseed mixed with goji berries, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds – a bag that I picked up the bag in my local Lidl. You could use plain milled linseed or a linseed mix depending on your preference or what you have in stock.
The Korean red pepper paste, gochujang, can be picked up in any East Asian food store. Alternatively, you can substitute with a chili sauce but the flavour will be quite different. This recipe uses a whole tablespoon mixed in with the soy sauce and lemon juice; for a less spicy version reduce the ratio of pepper paste to soy/lemon mix.
250g mushrooms, cleaned, whole (cut larger ones in half)
45g pea shoots
200g radish, top & tailed, thinly sliced
For the batter:
100g gram (chickpea) flour
100ml milk of your choice (I used soy)
2tbsp milled linseed
Pinch of pepper/salt if desired
For the dressing:
1tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1. Preheat oven to 180c / gas mark 6. Put the gram flour in a bowl. Slowly add the milk, mixing well as you do so. Add in the linseed, mix until the batter is smooth.
2. Dip each mushroom into the batter, ensuring it is fully coated. Place each onto a well-greased baking tray or baking parchment.
3. Place in the oven and bake for around 15 minutes or until the batter has turned golden brown and cooked through completely.
4. In the meantime, prepare the salad by slicing the radish and adding to the pea shoots. In a small dish, mix the dressing ingredients together, stirring until they have formed a smooth paste.
5. Serve the battered mushrooms on a bed of salad. The dip can either be drizzled on top or served on the side.
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