Moth beans / Turkish gram is soaked in water and made it sprout. Oil is tempered with cumin seeds. Onion is then made translucent and later couple of spice powders go in. Sprouted moth beans are then added to the pot along with rice and cooked till done. Matki pulao is finished with garam masala and garnished with cilantro and lime juice.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Matki Pulao.
Moth Beans / Matki 1 Cup
Raw Rice 1 1/2 Cups
Ginger 1 inch Piece
Green Chiles 3
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala 1/4 tsp
Kalonji a pinch (optional)
Turmeric a big Pinch
Asafoetida a big Pinch
Spring Onions 1
Cilantro few Sprigs
Lemon Juice 1 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Method of preparation:
Remove stems, wash and finely chop the green chiles.
Peel, remove ends and thinly slice the onion.
Peel and mince the ginger
Clean, wash and finely chop cilantro leaves.
Wash, remove ends and finely chop spring onions.
Wash rice under running water and strain the rice.
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.
Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, kalonji and fry for few seconds.
Then stir in chopped onion and cook till onion turns translucent.
Now add green chiles, ginger, coriander powder, cumin seeds powder,red chilli powder and turmeric powder.
Fry for couple of seconds, add moth beans, spring onions and salt.
Cook covered for a minute, add rice and 3 cups of water.
Cook covered on medium flame till all the water has been absorbed by the rice.
Fluff the rice and mix in garam masala, chopped cilantro and lemon juice.
Serve moth beans pulao with raita of your choice.
Notes:Make sure matki and the rice is cooked well before removing from heat.
Suggestions:If matki is not cooked properly, add few tablespoons of water and cook the rice covered on low heat till done.
Variations: Other vegetables like tomato, potato, capsicum can also be added along with onion.
Other Names:Moth Beans Pulao, Matki Pulao, Bobbarlu Annam.