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Moogachi/Matkichi usal

This is a very common dish at my pachi’s home (Pachi is Konkani word for mother’s sister). Her home is the place where I got introduced to matki. I love the taste of these tiny beans. Pachi makes this sweetish usal very frequently and it goes very well as a side dish with either rice or chapathis. Moong version was not as popular as the matki version. There are times when she adds other masalas to it, but my favorite is the simplest one mentioned below.

Pardon me for the picture, it was taken long ago and currently I am too tired to re-click the picture. Most of these dishes were cooked and clicked in hurry over the weekdays when I am tired of whole day’s work. I appreciate many of you reminding me again and again about the quality of pictures here, believe it or not, I am trying the best I can under the given timeframe and equipment. But most of the times, spending that extra 20-30 mins looks close to impossible. I will keep trying.

Ingredients:
2 cups sprouted moong or matki
1 tbl spn fresh coconut
2-3 green chilies
1/2 tea spn jaggery
1/2 tea spn ginger
1/2 tea spn garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion
A pinch turmeric
Oil
Salt

Method:
Paste together ginger and garlic.
Heat oil and fry ginger-garlic paste, onion, green chilies till onions turn translucent.
Add sprouted moong/matki, turmeric, 1 cup water, salt, cover and cook till done. Add jaggery and cook till jaggery is melted and well mixed.
Garnish with coconut.
Serve hot.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 20mins

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{ 24 comments… add one }

  • sandeepa March 17, 2008, 9:37 pm

    Looks mighty good Shilpa, why do you worry about the pic. It looks lovely

  • Divya Vikram March 17, 2008, 9:55 pm

    This is a healthy snack..I dont add jaggery..Maybe i should try it next time

  • aruna March 17, 2008, 9:55 pm

    Dont worry abt the picture. Managing home and work along with blog is not easy. You just pursue your hobby and dreams, dont bother abt people.

    Usli looks a little different. My mom adds a few tomatoes. Never tried this way. Thanks for sharing, Shilpa

  • Mangala Pai March 17, 2008, 10:40 pm

    Nice recipe n simple too..I have sprouted some matki today. will try this recipe today itself.
    Why do u worry abt the pictures? U have pampered us enuf with ur recipes. That itself is commendable…
    U are doing a great job and I am truly a great fan of ur recipes. I look forward to new recipes each day….good luck!!

  • dhivya March 17, 2008, 11:04 pm

    healthy snack

  • Purnima March 18, 2008, 12:45 am

    Shilpa, thats a lovely dish , brought back my memories as it used to b prepared by amma..I didn’t like it then, but maybe with the change in tastes which we all seem to undergo, I need to try it out again! Thanks for sharing!

  • sunita March 18, 2008, 3:29 am

    Shilpa, that is a lovely recipe…we love sprouted moong…and yes, I don’t see anything wrong with the picture.

  • sia March 18, 2008, 5:20 am

    shilpa,
    dear dont worry abt pictures. i know how hard it is to manage home, office work and also blog. u r already doing a wonderful job by posting suthentic recipes and i treasure ur blog :) let me send u a warm hug for that…
    and matki usli looks wonderful. i had bought a bag of matki and was not sure as what to do with it. u have posted one healthy recipe here which i am gonna try shortly. thanks darling :D

  • Pooja March 18, 2008, 8:42 am

    I love mung this way too much. We make it as side dish , though i always eat it alone :D .
    Thanks a lot for sharing a healthy dish Shilpa.

  • Kiran March 18, 2008, 8:54 am

    Hey, at my home, this is always a follow up meal from leftover moong from a pani puri dinner :) nice and simple recipe, thanks for sharing, i have never used ginger garlic paste in this usal, will try next time….
    And please dont worry about pictures, they are fine!! Dont pay attention to people who have nothing else to do but criticise

  • Manasi March 18, 2008, 9:53 am

    hi Shilpa, The pic is fine! and I know wht u mean abt being t-i-r-e-d.. but still taking pics!! I like sprouts too… and the simple version is very nice indeed.. usually the taste of sprouts is lost when we make misal with all masalas! take care girl!
    BTW: I succumbed to making chivda again with ur poha powder! could not resist it!!! addicted!!! I love it!

  • Vaishali March 18, 2008, 12:26 pm

    Shilpa, It’s my first time here, and I am so happy to discover your blog- my dad’s konkani and I absolutely love konkani food. Matki usal is impossibly special and yours looks delicious.

  • Deepa March 18, 2008, 2:57 pm

    Hey nice dish Shilpa,usually I make sweet mooga khicdi,this is a sprouted moong dish so it will be even more nutritious.

  • Maya March 18, 2008, 6:03 pm

    Love it Shilpa..I make it with masala though. Aayi makes the sweeter one on upwaas days. Just to let u know, I think u missed out on writing when to add jaggery in the post..

  • Rupa March 18, 2008, 6:20 pm

    Matkichi usal..my favourite..My Mom used to make this with Bhakri(jowar roti).Thanks for reminding this dish..will make for chapatis instead..

  • musy March 18, 2008, 6:58 pm

    This usal goes so well as a sandwich filling and the leftovers are dedicated to making misal :-D Never tried it with gul though, will use it next time. Shilpa, this picture is gorgeous-don’t worry about it at all.

  • richa March 18, 2008, 7:57 pm

    looks so good, Shilpa! quick one :)
    btw, i tried ur veg kootu & it turned out great, just posted it, thanks sweetie!

  • pelicano March 18, 2008, 8:12 pm

    Oh! I would definitely like this- delicious, simple masala that would be perfect with the flavour of the sprouts; I can see why this is popular.

  • Vani March 18, 2008, 8:31 pm

    Lovely!!!! Delicious simple recipe…

  • bee March 19, 2008, 9:16 am

    thank you, hun. i’ve tastes this before at a maharashtrian friend’s home and still remember the flavour. will be trying it soon.

  • Pradnya March 19, 2008, 11:46 am

    Great Recipe. I also make this but avoid adding the garlic and onions. They mask the flavor of the sprouted mati. I also add some kala masala. Keep up with the wonderful recipes.

  • Ritha March 20, 2008, 10:29 am

    My mom used to add peanuts in the tadka and lemon juice, that gives a different taste…….but it sure is a healthy dish and we used to have it as a snack.

  • Jayashree March 20, 2008, 1:12 pm

    Hi Shilpa, looks simple & tasty ..Thanks for sharing. will try it out. At my native, we usually prepare this with Chana minus the ginger & garlic and call it chana usli..Usal for us is a dish with gravy and when it is served with some sev, it is misal.

  • Shilpa Shetty April 18, 2009, 3:45 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    Thank u for the simple and healthy recipe.Regulary i am eating sprouted moong but my husabnd hate sprouted moong like anything.Sure this recipe ll change him.

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