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Matki Usal

24 Nov

Matki Usal.

Usal is a Maharastrian dish based on beans like matki, moong, waal etc. Generally usal is a dry curry made with sprouted beans. Oil is tempered with cumin seeds and onion is fried a bit. A lot of spices are added along with tamarind and jaggery. In matki usal, sprouted moth beans are cooked with onion and spices. Matki usal is served with roti or steamed rice.
Makes: around 1 Cup of Matkichi Usal.


Matki / Moth Beans 1 Cup
Onion 1 Small
Green Chiles 1 – 2
Ginger Garlic Paste 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds Powder 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/8 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/4 tsp
Goda Masala 1/4 tsp (optional)
Jaggery 1/2 inch Block
Tamarind 1 inch Sized Ball
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves 4
Cilantro few Sprigs
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and finely chop the green chiles.
Peel, remove ends and finely chop onion.
Clean, wash and finely chop cilantro leaves.
Soak tamarind in few tablespoons of hot water and extract all the thick pulp.

Soak matki in water overnight and then refresh under running water.
Spread the soaked matki / mauth beans on a wide colander and cover with wet towel for around 2 days.
Every day, refresh the matki beans under running water.
Always make sure the towel is damp else sprinkle water to make it wet.
Once the moth beans sprout, refresh under fresh running water for the last time.
Bring to boil a cup of water, add sprouted matki, salt and cook covered till matki is just soft but not mushy.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and curry leaves and fry for few seconds.
Then stir in chopped onion and cook till onion turns translucent.
Now add ginger garlic paste and green chiles.
Fry for few seconds, add cumin seeds powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, goda masala (if using), jaggery, tamarind extract and salt.
For for few more seconds and add sprouted matki.
Add few tablespoons of water and cook covered for a minute to let matki absorb all the flavors.
Uncover and fry for a minute or two to evaporate any excess moisture.
Garnish with finely chopped cilantro and serve matki usal with rice or roti.
Notes:Make sure matki is cooked well before removing from heat.

Suggestions: If matki is not cooked properly, add few tablespoons of water and cook covered on low heat till done.
Variations:Few tablespoons of ground coconut paste can also be added while cooking ussal. Chopped tomato or potato is sometimes used.
Other Names:Matkichi Usal, Matki Ussal, Sprouted Moth Beans Curry, Mauth Ussal, Matki Oosal.