July 25, 2011

Moogachi Usal~ Sprouted Moong Dish

Usal is a Maharstrian dish where sprouted beans such as moong or matki is used. It is generally a thick gravy cooked with onion, tomato and other spices. Matki is the popular bean used in this. I didnot have matki so decided to go for moong. Usal is a thick gravy almost like a stir fry. The addition of goda masala gives a new dimension to this dish. I referred the recipes here and here and came up on this. I always cook moong sprouts as gravy with some ground masala. I liked this quick dish which can be served as a side with rice and a gravy too.  If you have sprouts, on hand, this gets done pretty quickly.

You need

Sprouted moong - 2 cups
Onion - 1 no, chopped
Tomato - 1 no, chopped
Goda masala -  1 tspn ( I used store bought)
Coriander powder - 1 tspn
Cumin powder - 1/2 tspn
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tspn
Turmeric - a pinch
Salt to taste

To temper
Oil - 2 tspn
Mustard seeds - 1 tspn
Cumin - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Hing - few shakes

 Pressure cook sprouted moong for 1 whistle. Just sprinkle water enough to moisten the sprouts. Else microwave for 5 minutes. Or you can add some water later while cooking the gravy and cook for few more minutes. 

Heat a tawa with 2 tspn of oil. Add mustard seeds. When it pops, add cumin , curry leaves and hing. Add chopped onions. Saute till the onion turns pink. Add chopped tomato. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric , red chilly powder and goda masala. When the tomatoes are cooked, add the cooked sprouts. Add salt. Mix gently and cook for 5 minutes for the flavors to blend. Garnish with coriander. You can serve with a wedge of lime and sliced onions.

Goda masala gives the curry the distinct flavor. Goda masala is the maharashtrian aromatic spice powder.

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  1. I usually make sprouts with green gram This usal is a new dish for me to try

  2. Super healthy snack! Totally guilt-free...

  3. healthy and tasty .i think masala make it moe delicious

  4. What a delightfully wonderful recipe...gorgeous!

  5. This really a healthy recipe,loved this goda masala...Luks delicious...
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Goda masala makes it more interesting!!!Lovely.

  7. Such a healthy food. Looks comforting.

  8. Very healthy recipe, never tried Goda masala, hv to try now..thanks 4 sharing this traditional recipe

  9. Nice salad jayasree..goda masala must have made it very spicy..

  10. Nice curry...I make Moong dal gravy pretty much the same way except that I have never used Goda Masala..as you've said, the addition of the masala would give it a different hint of taste, i guess.

  11. Looks yum n healthy ..gud one

  12. Staple diet of Maharashtrian cuisine..
    Thanks for sharing lovely recipes..
    Happy Blogging


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