Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Moogachi Usal

Moogachi UsaL is stir fried moong sprouts. We use lots of sprouts in Maharashtrian cuisine. When sprouts or beans are used, it is called "UsaL" and when it's made with vegetables, it's simply "bhaaji" (e.g. Bhendichi bhaaji/Okra stir fry)

Follow these directions to sprout moong beans. My mom always uses ginger while making moogachi usal.

Moogachi UsaL
मुगाची उसळ
Mung Sprouts Stir Fry
3 cups Mung sprouts
salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar

2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1-2 green chilies, slit
1 tbsp minced/grated/chopped ginger,

2 tbsp chopped cilantro/coriander leaves
1 tbsp fresh coconut

Lemon wedges

1. Pressure cook sprouts for 2 whistles. Do not overcook. Let them cool down completely before proceeding.

2. Heat oil in a wok or kadai. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds,asafoetida and green chili.

3. As the seeds sizzle, add ginger. Saute for 2 minutes.

4. Now add cooked mung sprouts, salt and sugar. Add 1/4 cup water.

5. Let the sprout heat through and the water evaporate completely.

6. Garnish with coconut & cilantro.

7. While serving,  top the usal with some crunchy sev and squeeze some lemon.

Note -
1. You can cook the sprouts in the wok instead of pressure cooking before. In that case, add more water and cover with a lid.
2. Do not keep stirring more than necessary after sprouts arte added to avoid breaking of the sprouts.

Simple Daily Meal - Moogachi Usal garnished with Sev, Cut salad and Chapati


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