Monday 27 September 2010

Moogachi Usal Version I… a traditional Maharashtrian way of making sprouted legumes




Dear friends, kindly excuse me for a few more days as I have a very poor connectivity due to which visiting other blogs has become very difficult for me. I hope you will understand my problem.

Today I share an extremely simple and traditional preparation made in Maharashtra. I love this from the core of my heart especially when served with Pav. Usal – Pav make an excellent combo. Any Maharashtrian thaali is never complete without the Usal.

The Usal is made with the whole foods after they are sprouted. It can be made in various ways and here I am sharing one of the ways. In this preparation I have used whole moong or the green bean, one can try it with any other whole sprouts too.

This preparation hardly takes any time to make, needs very less oil and is extremely nutritious as it’s rich in proteins.


2 cups cooked sprouts

2 onions chopped

2 tomatoes chopped

a few curry leaves

a pinch of strong asafetida

1 tbsp coriander pwd

1 tsp cumin pwd

1/2 tsp jaggery (optional)

1/2 tsp goda masala (traditional maharashtrian masala)

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp red chili pwd

salt to taste

oil for cooking

1 tsp mustard seeds

To grind together

about 1/2 fresh coconut grated

1 green chili

2 large garlic pods

an inch piece ginger

1/2 tsp cumin seeds


Grind together all ingredients under heading to be grind.

Pressure cook the sprouts for one whistle. Do not over cook.

Heat oil and add mustard, curry leaves and asafetida. Add chopped onions and saute till light brown in colour.

Now add the tomatoes followed by turmeric, chili pwd, coriander, cumin pwd and salt to taste.

Mix the cooked sprouts, cook for a minute and now add the ground coconut mix.

Add about a cup of water, jaggery, goda masala and bring the curry  to a boil, simmer and cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve hot with some chopped cilantro, a piece of lime and some sev with pav/bun. It’s a perfect lunch or dinner for lazy days and even when one wants to break the monotony of regular cooking.



Reposting a few links for the ongoing events-


Chutneys for Complete my thali hosted by Jagruti

Zucchini chutney

Green tamarind Thokku

Cashewnut Tomato Chutney

Aloo Posto for CWS- Nigella seeds hosted by Ayeesha at taste of pearl city

Vatalyadaliche ladoo and Churma Laddoo to Celebrate Sweets- Ladoo an event by Nivedita and guest hosted by Nithu.

Sprouted Masoor Pilaf and Restaurant Style Punjabi Dal Fry, No Oil Chana Masala and Instant Whole Wheat Bread Bhatura sending it to Combo Meal Hosted by Chaitrali


also sending the No oil Chana masala to Kiran’s CWF LB- Chickpeas guest hosted by Nithu

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Unknown said...

Hi Pari,

nice and healthy recipe..

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Satya said...

moogachi usal looks so delicious n sounds gr8 too...very healthy one too ..never made anything with moong sprouts ...thanks for sharing this wonderful curry pari


Lav said...

Looks yumm and delicious !! hmm let me sprut moong rite away..


Suji said...

I love anything sprouted..This is a new prep for me...Looks yumm yumm

Nithu Bala said...

Delicious and healthy..beautiful click..

Hari Chandana P said...

very traditional and tempting recipe.. looks too good !!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Lovely dish. Traditional recipes are always great.

Sushma Mallya said...

Healthy one, i too do it in a similar way...looks delicious pari

Swathi said...

Nice healthy recipe.

Suja Manoj said...

This looks so delicious..beautiful click

Unknown said...

good healthy one...yummy with hot phulkas!!

Pavani said...

mooachi curry looks yummy n healthy too...

Pushpa said...

Yummy and healthy dish...delicious

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Pari

The recipe looks very healthy as well as tasty. Sprouts look so ell made.

Hamaree Rasoi

Deepthi Shankar said...

nice curry with sprouts N healthy too

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely way to eat sprouts

Angie's Recipes said...

A very tasty and nutritious treat!

Nitha said...

Looks really delicious.. Love the sprouted lentils.. healthy one..

sonu said...

looks delish mom makes more or less the same way and what a coincidence today im making misal pav in our dinner .. something with sprouts and somewhat similar :-)

SS blogs here said...

I love this usal and make it often. Your pics have come out great!

Jaisy James said...

healthy n yummy recipe

chaitrali pathak said...

मुगाची उसळ मस्त दिसतीये...मला खूप आवडते ही...आणि खूप healthy पण असते .... मस्त ch

Anu said...

It is really easy to prepare recipe..and nutritious too..i will try this for sure..


Lakshmi said...

hi visiting your blog for the first time and loving it..actually it was the recipe for usal that drew me here.I love usal and have been searching for a good recipe for sometime now.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Looks very delicious, thank you so much for sending the aloo posto for the CWS event.


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