About Food – Wild Oyster Mushroom Pastry

Wild Oyster mushrooms are called ‘Kalmakha’ in Georgia and grow on the bark of trees. They look, smell and taste like oysters and are a popular ingredient in Georgian cuisine. In this family recipe we show how to prepare wild oyster mushroom filled pastries.

Oyster Mushroom Pastry

Ingredients for the filling (8 servings): 700 grams of wild oyster mushrooms, 100 grams of white rice, 1 large white onion, 1 tsp of black pepper, salt (amount dependent upon personal preference), 1 clove of garlic, 15 grams of fresh green parsley, 4-5 tbs of oil to fry the mushrooms and onions + oil for frying the pastries,

Ingredients for Oyster Mushroom Pastry

Ingredients for the dough: 700 grams of flour, 180 ml of water or milk, 1 egg, 1 tbs of yeast, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of salt.

Preparation (dough): There are several recipes for making the dough but we find the following method to be the easiest way to prepare it.

Warm 180 ml of water or milk to 35C and add to a bowl. Stir in the yeast.

Adding yeast to warm water

Add 400 grams of flour to a mixing bowl and make a depression in the flour. Add the yeast water, milk and a raw egg. If you want the pastry to have a golden color you can add 1 tsp of sugar.

Mixing the Ingredients for dough Recipe

The dough should be formed into a soft ball.

Dough

Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in a warm place for 2 hours for the dough to rise.

Preparation (filling): Chop the mushrooms and onions and add to a pan with 4-5 tbs of oil. Fry on a medium heat for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Chopped Mushrooms and Onions

Boil the rice with 1 tsp of salt. Add the rice, together with the fried mushrooms and onions to a mixing bowl. Crush the garlic, finely chop the green parsley and add, together with salt and black pepper to the bowl,

Adding other Ingredients to Fried Mushrooms and Onions

Mix the ingredients with a spoon.

Mixing Ingredients for Oyster Mushroom Pastry Recipe

After two hours in a warm place the dough should look like the picture below.

Dough Ready for Making Pastry

Add 150-200 grams of flour and knead the dough. The dough should be fluffy, not wet. Separate it into eight same-size balls. Roll out each ball of dough.

Rolling out the Dough for Oyster Mushroom Pastry Recipe

Rolled out Dough ready for Filling

Add one eighth of the filling to the center of the dough.

Adding Filling for Oyster Mushroom Pastry Recipe

Fold the dough over the filling and seal the edges by pressing with your finger tips.

Sealing the Filled Dough for Oyster Mushroom Pastry Recipe

Turn the dough over and gently flatten, being careful not to tear it.

Flattening the Filled Dough for Oyster Mushroom Pastry Recipe

Gently fold and press the ends of the dough to ensure that it is sealed.

Filled Dough Ready for Frying

Fry in hot oil on a medium heat for 6-7 minutes, turning half way through.

Frying Oyster Mushroom Filled Pastry

Serving: Serve hot. They are also delicious cold.

Oyster Mushroom Pastry Ready for Serving

Enjoy your Oyster Mushroom Pastry!

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