Thursday

Mugachi Usal/ Sprouted Green Beans Curry

Hello Sweetpeas!!! Thanks a tonn for reading this space and looking out for me when I go missing in action. Many of my friends wanted to learn how to make Usal and include sprouts in their daily diet.

So Radhika if you are listening, This post is for you. I have been making usal in 2-3 ways; but this is the fastest and the simplest way with less spices and oil.

**Sprouting beans;
Soak a cup of dried beans in hot water for 5-6 hours, Rinse the beans and discard the water it was soaked in, either tie these soaked beans in a cloth or keep in a air tight box in a warm place for 8-10 hours for sprouting. Sprouted beans will look like the below picture.






You will need; 

1 cup sprouted Greeen Beans/ Moog/ Mung
**Boiled with 2 cups water in a pot for 8-10 mins.
1 inch ginger grated
2 cloves garlic mashed
1 tspn Usal Masala-(Substitute with 1/2 tspn Garam masala +1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper)
2 tsps Cumin-Coriander powder
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
1 tspn Goda Masala- Optional
(** Black Garam Masala commonly used in Marathi speaking homes)

Tempering
1 tbspn oil
1 tspn Jeera/cumin seeds
1 tsp rai/mustard seeds
pinch of hing/asafodita
1 tsp turmeric/haldi

Heat a wok on medium heat and add oil, add the tempering ingredients, rai/mustard seeds and jeera/cumin seeds, let it sizzle and then add the ginger and garlic, then add the turmeric/haldi and hing. Then add the boiled mung beans with the water in which it was cooked.Then add the usal masala, cumin-coriander powder, salt and cover and cook for 5-7 mins. The usal is ready. Garnish with cilantro if you like.

** The Usal masala, which I have is very spicy, so adjust the heat levels as per your liking. Generally it is wiser to start with less amounts and increase to you liking.

Enjoy this usal with bread or rice or phulka or any Indian roti. If you are like my kids they eat it as a snack too.

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