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  Contributed By: Ashwini Patil
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For Usal
3 cups moth bean sprouts/matki sprouts or mixed sprouts(matki, moong, chana, vatana) whichever you like
1 large or medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds (rai or sarson)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
5 to 6 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1 to 1.5 tbsp goda masala/kala masala
½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
1 tsp coriander powder (dhania powder)
1 tsp cumin powder (jeera powder)
1 tsp tamarind pulp
3 tbsp oil
salt as required
1 tomato

Coconut masala (watan)
½ cup dry coconut powder
Ginger and garlic (1 piece each)
1 small onion sliced
Cloves 2

for the misal pav:
some pav/bread buns or bread slices
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped tomatoes (optional)
1 cup farsan
1 lemon, quartered or diced
⅓ cup coriander leaves (dhania patta)

Cooking Instructions
Coconut masala:
Heat 1 tsp Oil. Add sliced onions. Fry till brown. Now add dry coconut, cloves, ginger and garlic and mix till you get a golden colour. In a blender, blend this mixture.
preparing the usal:

Soak the matki overnight. Remove the water next day and keep the sprouts in a muslin cloth for few hours till you get the sprouts. (Ideally it takes 6-7 hours but depends on climatic conditions)

Now wash the sprouts and add turmeric powder, salt, some water and put it in a pressure cooker. The water should be covering the matki sprouts about ½ inch above. Pressure cook for 1 to 2 whistles.

Heat oil in a large kadhai/pan.

Add mustard seeds first. Once they splutter add the cumin. Then add the chopped onions and saute till they turn pink. Then add the curry leaves and chopped tomatoes and the coconut masala made earlier. Fry it for about 2 to 3 minutes.

Sprinkle coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder and goda masala.

Once the masala is fried add the sprouts and mix it well. Now add the tamarind pulp

Stir and add 1 cup water or more if required. Now add salt.

Cook the usal for 8 to 10 mins on a low flame
with occasional stirrings. Check the spice level. Add more spice if required. You may add little jaggery

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Now in a bowl pour some hot usal. First add chopped onions and tomatoes. Then squeeze some lemon juice and top it up with farsan and fresh chopped cilantro.

Serve with pav (buns)

Healthy yet yummy breakfast!

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