Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jihva wedding Feast - Gujarati MousaL

I am not a Gujarati by birth. But due to my marriage to a Gujarati, I am privileged to experience many Gujarati customs. One such wedding custom is MousaL (or mousaD). It's a very sweet event. If a person is getting married, his/her father's side of the family invites and honors his/her mother's side of the family. This is the function to celebrate bride or groom's maternal side of the family. So when my sister-in-law got married, we invited my MIL's brothers, sisters and relatives and we welcomed them with kumkum and celebrated with food. It is like honoring maternal side by the paternal side.

Any Indian ritual is incomplete without a feast. For this mousaL event, we had some glorious, Gujarati feast. Although, I can't cook all of it, I cooked one such dish just to celebrate Jihva - Wedding Feast.

Mag daal na bhujiya
Yellow Moong Daal fritters
1 cup yellow moong daal
2-3 green chilies
1" ginger, peeled & chopped
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste
1/4 cup coriander leaves/cilantro - chopped

Oil for deep frying

Method1. Soak moong daal for 6 hours. Drain.
2. Grind with all the remaining ingredients except oil.
3. Take out in a big container and stir well, adding 1 tsp hot oil
4. Heat oil for deep frying in a wide kadai. Drop spoonfuls of small fritters in a single layer. Do not over crowd.
5. Fry till they are golden brown from all sides. 6. Serve with chutney or ketchup.

Note1. They should be crispy from outside and soft from inside.

2. Note that these fritters are very small compared to usual vada size. They are of the size of berries.

3. For a variation, chopped fresh fenugreek leaves can be added to the batter just before frying.

This post is my entry to Priya's Jihva - Wedding Feast. Jihva event is started by Indira of Mahanandi.


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