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Moth Beans-Spinach Gravy (Matki – Palak Amti)

matki palak amti
One of my readers requested for recipes with moth beans – matki. These are one of my favorite beans to cook, as they do not require pre-soaking. Sprouting these is also easy compared to any other beans. So I use them frequently. This is one recipe I made up. This is not any traditional recipe, but I decided to name it amti anyway. This was very delicious. I served it with flavored rice and it made a very nice meal. You could even serve this for guests.

1 cup moth beans (matki) sprouted
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup tomato
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
1/4 cup onion

For paste – Fry a little in oil and grind with 1/4 cup coriander leaves
2 cloves
1″ cinnamon
1 tea spn chopped ginger
1 tea spn chopped garlic
4 red chillies
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tea spn coriander seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
1/4 tea spn methi seeds

Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they start popping, add onion. Fry till they turn brownish. Now add tomato, salt and cook till tomatoes are mushy.
Add chopped chopped spinach, sprouted beans and ground paste. Cook till done.
Serve hot with flavored rice or rotis/chapatis.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins

PS: To save some time, cook the beans in pressure cooker before adding it to the dish. Sprouting the beans is optional.

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{ 33 comments… add one }

  • Madhu December 13, 2009, 7:18 pm

    I like using beans with any greens. Moth beans and spinach sounds flavorful.

  • aruna December 13, 2009, 7:25 pm

    Will try with the spice paste. Looks perfect for winter. Never used the combo of matki and palak. Made moong usal today.

  • SE(Denufood) December 13, 2009, 8:53 pm

    hey sounds flavorful..although combining matki and spinach is new to me…matki is my favorite bean…is delicious with goda masala…

  • nithya praveen December 13, 2009, 10:21 pm

    Looks wonderful,i have never tried making this.Bookmarking this one::)

  • Pelicano December 13, 2009, 11:07 pm

    Nice creation! I love greens with beans.

  • Sonia December 14, 2009, 12:15 am

    Thank you Shilpa for this recipe! I have purchased this matki beans for Kolhapuri Misal Paav recipe and still have some – lying in my pantry but didn’t know what to do with it.
    Many thanks! :)

  • Gauri Gharpure December 14, 2009, 12:52 am

    Hey, this is real nice.. we used to make matki often back home, but i don’t know wht it’s called in kolkata and haven’t got matki in a supermarket yet..

  • Jayashree December 14, 2009, 2:36 am

    Looks interesting ! I too wanna try this ….

  • Anshika December 14, 2009, 5:03 am

    A healthy and nutritious dal

  • Nupur December 14, 2009, 7:15 am

    Shilpa, I am always looking for new ways to make matki (other than the usual usal) and this amti with spinach looks wonderful!

  • Manasi December 14, 2009, 1:32 pm

    What a nice ( & new for me) combo! I like to make variations using matki! Looks super!

  • Champa December 14, 2009, 1:37 pm

    Nice way of using moth beans.

  • Karuna December 14, 2009, 2:03 pm

    I feel hungry now… Reminded me of mom’s cooking.. :)

  • Divya Vikram December 14, 2009, 2:28 pm

    Havent cooked with this beans. Sounds healthy !

  • AshaLatha R.K.Prasad December 15, 2009, 12:15 am

    Good ! I have saved this for my future beans encounters…. Thank You for posting!!!!


  • Shankari December 15, 2009, 1:44 am

    I love beans and green with a ghee tadka to have with piping hot rice.

  • Praveena December 15, 2009, 9:46 pm


    My seasonal greetings to all…!!

    I would like to know what is this moth beans means? is it some what like cowpeas…sorry i didn’t get this. does it have another names…? is it from pulse family? Plse help me..would like to try do this..!!

    Looking forward for a reply.


  • Sowmya Venkatesh December 16, 2009, 12:35 pm

    thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much….. will surely give it a try….

  • Mridula December 17, 2009, 1:39 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I prepared this dish yesterday but instead of matki I used green gram. It came out delicious. My husband dont like palak usually, even he liked the dish. Thanks for recipe.

  • shemona December 18, 2009, 11:59 pm

    the picture looks really nice…am tempted to try it…was wonderin if moth beans is the same thing as black eyed peas?

    • Shilpa December 19, 2009, 8:45 am

      No, they are not same.

  • Swapna December 19, 2009, 4:42 pm

    Hi, I tried this recipe today, it turned out pretty good, but I had a question about the spice paste, I have tried couple of other recipes from your website that use similar fresh ground masala & each time there was one thing that didnt turn out well… I have noticed that even after grounding, there are some particles like coriander seeds, cinnamon pieces that remain and come in mouth while eating the curry. Is this normal or am I not grinding it properly? I use a Cuisinart grinder (purchased here is US as I dont have a grinder from India here). Somehow the powder remains coarse, maybe I am frying the stuff too much which makes it very crispy. Not sure whats going wrong, your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Shilpa for this rocking website :-)

    • Shilpa December 19, 2009, 9:16 pm

      If the spices become too crispy, it helps in grinding. I think you can add a little water and make a paste instead of just making powder. Yes, it needs to be ground fine.

  • Rajani December 21, 2009, 5:06 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried this just now, and though I was a little off with the measurement for the moth beans, it still turned out pretty good. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Seeja December 28, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I do make the same using chana dal or arhar (tuvar) dal, and it’s a hit at home. I’m sure all are going to like the new combination. Winter being around, spinach is always handy.
    I’m just waiting to try out this…… Thanx for this recipe.

  • geeta December 29, 2009, 8:04 pm

    i tried it and came very delicious.
    thanks for the recipe

  • Smruti Belwalkar December 29, 2009, 8:38 pm

    the recipe is amazing .. both my husband and me love it …

  • Porkodi January 31, 2010, 11:51 pm

    Hey Shilpa,

    as stupid as I may sound, how many whistles is okay to cook this bean? (ball park is fine..) I’m so scared of over/undercooking every damn thing. :'(

    • Shilpa February 1, 2010, 9:39 am

      I think 2 whistles should be fine.

  • Porkodi January 31, 2010, 11:52 pm

    oh and i shouldn’t forget to mention how much a part of my life is this site..! You and aayi rock!

  • Porkodi February 9, 2010, 12:12 pm

    thanks for introducing this dish Shilpa! It was very different! :)

  • pree September 8, 2011, 11:38 pm

    I tried this recipe and it turned out ok. I think the gorund paste din’t tatse very good, or i don’t know if i did something wrong. I roasted all the paste ingredients excpet corriander leaves and ground them! you have said 1/4th cup onion and you said put that 1/4th cup for grinding right? and we need more for the actual gravy?

    I try lots of you recipes and simply love it.

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