Sev Usal is an official chaat dish at our home menu. Since I have not seen it anywhere else , I suppose that it is a kind of Gujarati chaat dish :D.
A quick, tasty and nice dish to serve in hot evenings. :)
Here is how I make it.
Ingredients For Sev Usal :
2 cups dry peas soaked over night,
1 potato peelied and cut into small cubes ,
2 tomatoes finely chopped,
2 onions finely chopped,
1 tsp garam masala,
¾ sp turmeric powder,
½ tsp red chilli powder,
1 tsp ginger –garlic paste,
1-2 tsp oil,
Salt to taste,
Pinch of asafetida
To serve :
Coriander leaves, onion,
Sev,(made up of besan(Gram flour)).
Peel potato and cut it into small cubes. Pressure cook potato cubes and soaked peas together. The idea behind adding potato to it is to form thick gravy for this dish. Cook them until it is soft enough. And lightly mash it just like we do for Pau bhaji.
Chop onion and tomatoes and heat oil in a frying pan. Add ginger garlic paste and asafetida powder to it and next add onion. Let onion cook until they are golden brown. Then add tomato and let it cook until it turns into thick tomato gravy.
Now in add into this mashed peas and potatoes along with tamarind powder and 1 cup of water, let these all cook together until it forms a good mixture with thick gravy.(you can add water and cook it for few more minutes is it is too thick. )
Finally add red chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt to it. Cook for 1 minute and turn off the heat. Here our Usal is ready. This Usal also goes well with bread; we try it that way to for a change sometimes.
For a real way of making and serving Sev usal , first take usal in a snack dish(or in a bowl), garnish it with some chopped onion, tomato and coriander leaves, sprinkle some tamarind chutney on it. And finally add a spoon full of yogurt to it and sprinkle all over Sev . And hey, Don’t forget to add your love to it. :), Serve Hot and you will see your happiness reflecting in the eyes of the person in front of you happy :) .
Mix beans Dry curry :
As I thought when announcing this week to celebrate with beans, I was sure that some of you will come up with beans with tasty gravy in it, this is the way we all love beans to eat. And also I must agree that it is the way we all love to have beans in our meals. :)
Here is one more way of making its curry , just the variation is - it is dry. Just some beans sprouted together and a quick dish is here to made up with . Also healthy and prepared with less oil than for normal curry .
2 cups sprouted beans( you can choose any or combination all you like ) ,
1 small tomatoes chopped,
1 small onion chopped,
3-4 garlic cloves, cut length or width wise,
1/2 tsp turmeric powder,
1 tsp red chilli powder,
Salt to taste,
1 tsp Lemon juice.
1 tsp cumin seeds,
1 tsp mustard seeds,
1 tsp oil.
Cut tomato and onion finely and keep it aside.
Take 1 tsp oil in a cooker, and add mustard seeds to it, when it starts spluttering, add cumin seeds to it. Next add garlic pieces. And immediately add onion and tomato. The pure of adding onion and tomato is just to bring little sweet and sour taste to this curry. Now add sprouted beans of your choice to it . Next add turmeric powder, red chilli powder , and salt to it. Add little water, just about ¼ cup to this and close the lid. Let it cook on low flame for about 3-4 minute, I normally cook it for one whistle.
This way beans will slightly increase in their size and will tastes good too.
Serve it hot with roti .
A quick and healthy meal for busy days is ready for you. :D.
Here is another Gujarati snack with black eyed beans(also called Moth beans, Matki in Marathi language and math in Gujarati).
This dish is attached with my memory such that even today the aroma of this dish drives my mind to my childhood days. When I was just 8-9 years, we all cousins get together at our native place “Morbi”, in our summer vacation. Normally we spend the entire vacation together and enjoyed a lot all the time, I have only 2 cousins younger than me all others are older than me 1 year older to even 9 years older. We all together were really having blast that time. Totally we all were 10-12 little bastards together were really creating chaos for all. May it be playing cricket and cracking some ones window :P or just playing cards together. Such energy and enthusiasm we had, starting from the morning till we sleep, we even never be at one place. Just having fun all the day was our motto :D, without knowing hunger ,skin burning sunlight or anything else. Our respected Grandpa was there at that time who was much caring about all of us. He always kept our wellness in his mind- like we all should eat ontime and do not run in skin burning sun lights outside etc etc…
In the after noon around 4 p.m when we just sit for a while Grandpa realize that we must all be hungry and at that time my beloved auntie was making this dish for all of us. Real Quick and tasty too. I know now why she prepared this, as she knew that we all must be very hungry and need some solid snack to eat. I remember all of us were finishing it in no time and were rushing to our game back :)) . That time we were not mature enough to remember to express our gratitude to auntie or Grandpa, now I realize it. So nice of them to do all these without expecting a word, their greatness and our childishness. May be some time today only I will call her and will thank her for being such nice to us.
Those were the golden days, never going to return to me, all of us are now settled somewhere busy with our own life and responsibilities. Grandpa passed away two year ago and I just have his wisdom and kindness to cherish now.
Well, here is a the real quick dish of “Ghugharee” .
2 cup math(matki) soaked over night. ( here I used it sprouted) ,
2 tsp garlic minced with red chilli powder,
Salt to taste.
1 ½ tsp oil.
Get soaked Math ready . Here I used Sprouted one.
Heat oil in a pan , add garlic-red chilli powder paste to it when oil is little hot, take care that it should not get burnt . Immediately add soaked Math and mix it well cook for a while and turn off heat.
Serve hot as it is or just for a change with plain yogurt. A quick healthy snack for kids is ready .
Last but not the least- is favorite of all of us, as far as I remember. :D
Pani Puri : )
As I have posted this one earlier too, just check the process here. It requires to have Phudina(mint leaves), make the Mint water using the simple process here, and get boiled potatoes and sprouted Moong(Green gram) ready . Normally what is being used is soaked and then boiled black chick peas ,I find sprouted Moong little more healthy and tastier thats why normally I use it instead chick peas. Check it out here and enjoy it this weekend with family and friends. :) .
Submitting all four recipes here to
VKN of Mydhaba. for his cook book -You can cook .
Will post vegetable /theme for the next week within a day or two . Stay tuned and Enjoy yourself.