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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sprouted Matki usal

Matki or moth beans are used to make a tangy usal or beans curry.When any beans like matki are sprouted,it is all the more beneficial for health.

I have brought a sprout maker recently online .I make sprouts in that.Though ,I would hardly ever advise anybody to buy it as it occupies space & is not that useful.Beans can be sprouted in thin cloth as this post shows.

Ingredients : 1/4 cup moth beans,1 tomato,1 onion,2-3 green chillies,1/2 " grated ginger, 1/2 tsp any readymade sabzi masala powder,1/4 tsp mustard seeds,1/4 tsp curry patta powder ( optional ) or 1 tsp chopped curry leaves  ,1/4 tsp haldi,1/4 tsp hing,2 tsp oil,salt to taste.

Method : Sprout the moth beans .Keep aside.

Clean & finely chop onion,tomato & green chillies.Take kadhai & put oil.Put on gas.After oil heats up ,add mustard seeds.When they crackle,add chopped onions & grated ginger followed by chopped green chillies. Saute them in the oil.Add haldi & hing.Now add the sprouted moth beans .Mix nicely.Add chopped tomatoes & curry patta powder ( optional ).Mix nicely.Add ready made sabzi masala powder.Add salt to taste.Add half cup water or less, if dry version of curry is preferred. Now pressure cook all this beans veggie mix up to 2 whistles. Sim down the burner. Cook for another 10 minutes on slow flame. Put off the gas.After the cooker has cooled,remove the matki usal & serve.

Alternatively ,pressure cook sprouted moth nbeans upt o 2 whsitles & then on slow flame for 5-10 minutes. Put off gas.Keep aside.

In a kadhai prepare vagar of mustard seeds. Add ginger , kadipatta, green  chilli paste. Add hing & haldi. Mix all nicely. Saute nicely. add finely chopped onions. Saute nicely till it turns translucent. Add tomato puree or finely chopped tomatoes.Saute nicely by mixing all ingredients. Add salt . Remember toadd slt sparingly as sprouted moth beans have been cooked with salt .

Add pressure cooked sprouted moth beans. Mix all nicely. Add water depending on how much watery usal is needed.If dry usal is needed, no need to add water.

After the cooker has cooled,remove the matki usal.Serve it with chappatis and or rice.

I prefer watery version as it can be mixed with rice as well in place of dal or sambhar or rasam.For carrying in tiffin box to office,a drier version would be convenient to avoid spillage.

I had curry patta powder & so I used it.Alternatively,curry pattas can be used.

If no onion version is needed, skip the step of adding finely chopped onions & sauteing them.

If usal has turned out too watery, add 1/2 tsp flax seed powder. Mix nicely. After 15-20 minutes, the usal would be not so watery. 

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