Over the last few years I have tried many mushroom goulash recipes, and to be honest, none of them buzzed my taste buds. Some of them were nice and creamy, but I made it all just once, and didn’t have the urge to make them again. But, one cold, rainy afternoon, I looked into my pantry, took various vegetables, spices and mushrooms with me to the kitchen and managed to combine this dish, which can be categorized as the perfect vegan mushroom recipe for the rainy days.
Now, this recipe is a little bit more complicated than usual goulashes, but that’s just because it contains a little bit more ingredients. However, it is quite easy to make, and when you get the hang of it, you will also be able to go into pantry and make your own version of this mushroom goulash recipe – you will still need at least two kinds of mushrooms as the base :)
So, although I specified oyster and shiitake mushrooms as the basic ingredients, since they are not available throughout the whole year, sometimes I make this goulash with other mushrooms as well, and I am always satisfied with the end result, and if you find some nice mushroom combination for this vegan goulash, please let me know… :)
Mushroom Goulash recipe:
- 300 grams / 10 ½ ounces oyster mushrooms
- 100 grams / 3 ½ ounces shiitake mushrooms
- 100 g / 3 ½ ounces mixed dry mushrooms (I prefer to add chanterelles and porcini mushrooms, but you can add your own favorite mushroom mix)
- 100 g 3 ½ ounces tomato purée (or passata di pomodoro)
- 2 big carrots
- 1 big parsley root
- 1 big parsnip root
- ½ celery root (approximately same amount as parsley or parsnip)
- 2 red onions
- 1 teaspoon mustard (Dijon, or similar kind)
- 2 tablespoons spelt flour
- 2 tablespoons of sweet smoked paprika powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- chili powder
- parsley leaves
- few slices of sundried tomatoes – optional
- large heavy bottom pan
- wooden spoon
- cutting board
- food processor or grater
- Take the carrots, parsnip, parsley and celery and grate it on a grater, or if you have food processor, put vegetables into it and let the machine shred all vegetables to approximate size as if they were grated by hand.
- Peel and cut red onions into small cubes.
- Take large heavy bottom pan, put it on a stove – low heat, add olive oil and spelt flour in it. Stir it with wooden spoon for one – one and a half minute, or until it becomes golden, then add a smoked paprika in and stir for another minute or so, until paprika darkens. And we made one kind of roux.
- Now, pour in slowly about ½ cup (120 ml) warm water, while constantly stirring. The mixture should be smooth, with no lumps. Add the onion and shredded vegetables into the pan, season with one teaspoon of salt, add additional water if needed to cover vegetables, put the lid on, bring it to a boil and cook on a low heat, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes.
- While vegetables are gently simmering, wash and slice the mushrooms; the stems into smaller pieces, and the caps into strips. Add sliced and dry mushrooms into the pan; cook additional 15 minutes, with the lid on.
- Now, add the tomato purée, mustard, bay leaves, good pinch of basil and oregano, and good pinch of chili and turmeric powder; add about ⅔ teaspoon of pepper, taste it and (if needed) add more salt (this depends on how salty the tomato purée was, but additional 2 teaspoons of salt should do it).
- Leave it covered to cook for about half an hour on low heat. From time to time stir with wooden spoon, taste it, and (if needed) add some of the seasoning. Before the end add about one tablespoon of chopped parsley leaves.
- Serve hot with a few slices of rustic bread or boiled potatoes and a glass of red vine.