Syrwa Tit / Meghalaya Mushroom Soup Recipe

Officially bidding goodbye to winters and the month of February with this soup post. A delicious mini pot of piping hot Mushroom soup recipe called Syrwa Tit from the North Eastern State of India, Meghalaya.

While you must be wondering how North East Cuisine which is predominately non vegetarian delicacies, you would be surprised to know about some really wonderful healthy vegetarian recipes that are easy, light and uses minimal spices. The Mushroom Soup Recipe that I share today, ticks all the boxes of health, minimal spice and vegetarian easy to make soup recipe.

If you recall, last month I had posted a recipe of Green Peas Curry or Uti from Manipur Cuisine which was again from the North East Cuisine and a vegetarian main course dish. There are no masalas or spices used, just a touch of the chillies which the cuisine is well known for and plenty of vegetables and greens used to flavour the food.

Mushroom Soup Syrwa Tit from Meghalaya. North East Vegetarian Recipe

Meghalaya cuisine is divided into 3 distinct styles – (1) Garo, (2) Khasi (3) Jaintia. (Source)

  • The Garo recipes are simple to cook. A Popular dish called Nakham Bitchi is an important Garo dish that is a spicy soup made with a special variety of dry fish known as Nakham.
  • Khasi recipes include a variety of rice dishes such as Jadoh which is the tourist popular dish too (Rice with Pork). Pork is heavily used in the recipes even in salads too. Same is the case for fermented fish too. Chillies occupy a prime position in their cuisine and there are no heavy masalas or spice blends used.
  • The Jaintia recipes include Mushrooms as the prime ingredient. They have local wild mushrooms that are used to prepare a variety of dishes. One such variety is the Tit Tung.

When I was deeply researching the cuisine to find some unique vegetarian recipes, I came across this paper from the Department of Bio Technology and Bio Informatics, Shillong, North East.

Since the hilly terrains of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills are tribal populated, there are many local wild edible mushroom varieties grown and sold in the markets. While I cannot procure the authentic variety of wild edible mushrooms, I decided to try the recipe anyways which was mentioned in the paper since I did not want to miss the chance of trying out a local, unique, regional and a lesser known recipe.

I have used button mushrooms as against the Wild edible mushrooms of the North East but rest of the recipe remains same including the Lai Patta or Mustard Greens which I could easily procure from the local market. Put together, this is a healthy bowl of goodness. Mildly spiced, flavourful broth that soothes the body and is extremely filling!

This Mushroom Soup is warming to the heart and body. It is not laden with heavy cream or a load of spices etc. It is simple, comforting and made in a jiffy. Narayan has been travelling like a crazy person these past few weeks and this soup recipe was just in time to deal with the cold and headache that normally one faces due to exertion, seasonal change and lack of timely meals. He felt better the next morning and once again I proved him right that consumption of green chillies is excellent to control cold and sinus infection.

Taking this recipe to the Shhh Secretly Cooking Challenge Group where we are paired every month to try regional recipes with secret ingredients assigned to each other. This month we explored Meghalaya and I was able to cook and share the Mushroom Soup Recipe called Syrwa Tit. My partner for this month’s challenge is Lathiya S and she blogs at Lathi’s Kitchen. Lathiya gave me butter and Mustard greens as my secret ingredient. Please check her blog out for some amazing desserts, bakes and Kerala Recipes.

Let us have a look at the Mushroom Soup Recipe and the step by step pics for this Soup from Meghalaya called the Syrwa Tit.

Looking for more easy soup recipes, Do try the Red Lentils and Ginger Soup / Masoor Dal aur Adrak ka Soup  and the South Indian Pepper Cumin Soup Aka Rasam.

Recipe for Syrwa Tit / Meghalaya Mushroom Soup Recipe with step by step pics

Prep time 10 mins

Cook time 15 mins

Serves 2

1 cup is 250 ml measurement

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 12 small cloves of garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 cup chopped mustard greens / Lai Patta / Tyrso
  • 2 tsps butter
  • 1/4 tsp of black pepper powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of hot water
  • Salt to taste

Method

(1) Make a paste of chillies and garlic in a mixer grinder.

Mushroom Soup Recipe from Meghalaya

(2) Heat a kadhai or wok, add butter and then the chilli garlic paste. Saute it well until the raw smell goes off.

North East Cuisine vegetarian recipes

(3) Now add the chopped mushrooms. Saute and allow it to cook for 2 minutes.

Mushroom soup recipe gluten free, no cream
Gluten Free Mushroom Soup recipe from Meghalaya

(4) Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 cups of water in a kettle or saucepan and allow it to boil.

(5) Once the mushrooms have turned mushy and given out moisture, add the roughly chopped lai patta or mustard leaves.

Lai Patta or Mustard Greens for Meghalaya Mushroom Soup

(6) Now add salt to taste along with black pepper powder.

Meghalaya Vegetarian Mushroom Soup Recipe

(7) Once the mustard leaves have wilted, pour the boiling water from the kettle or saucepan into the kadhai.

Meghalaya Mushroom Soup Recipe

(8) Allow the soup to boil thoroughly, mixing it gently between intervals for atleast 8 to 10 minutes.

(9) After 8 to 10 minutes, switch off the flame and serve it piping hot.

Piping hot Mushroom soup from Meghalaya, North East Cuisine

If you try this at home, please give me a shout out / Tag Me on any of my social media handles.

Vidya Narayan

23 thoughts on “Syrwa Tit / Meghalaya Mushroom Soup Recipe

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    1. Yes the cuisine has some amazing healthy recipes that focus on minimal spices, no refined flour or thickening agents. Glad you liked it.

  1. The mushroom soup, Meghalaya style looks so delicious. You have used the given ingredients wisely. This soup looks perfect for the weather here

  2. Oh, wow, this soup sounds so very simple, with minimal ingredients. Yet, I can imagine just how flavourful it would have been. I’m always amazed, every time I read about indigenous dishes from different parts of India. The variety of dishes we have through the length and breadth of our country never fails to surprise me!

    1. Absolutely Priya and much of it is still unexplored. Cheers to more discoveries and food adventures. Thank you!

  3. Really while guessing I was too excited to know the exact details of the dish 🙂 The use of greens of mustard is a lovely idea here. Authentic regional dishes taste great always. Here also the soup in overall looks so simple yet flavorful.

    1. The cuisine in general focuses on few ingredients and that is what I truly loved. Thank you so much

  4. Oh i absolutely love lai…this is a very interesting combination of lai and mushrooms…i could have just this for a healthy dinner

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