Friday, November 7, 2008

Sev Usal

Sev Usal is traditionally from Maharashtrian cuisine, but it is alo popular in Gujarat. Usal is kind of ragda made with dried green pease(lila vatana). It is served with sev (fried noodles made from chick-pea flour) or toasted bread. This is the great way to eat pulses full of fibre and protein. You can easily cut down the calorie by just eating with whole wheat bread instead of sev.

2 cups dried green peas
1/2 to 1 tbsp ginger chili paste
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp aamchur powder/lemon juice
2 tbsp jaggery or sugar
1 to 2 tbsp red chili powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
oil for temering
salt as per taste

To serve usal
1 onion (finely chopped)
1 tomato (finely chopped)
green coriander/cilantro chutney
red garlic chutney
khajur imli chutney
cilantro(finely chopped)
toasted whole wheat bread
1 cup sev (available in indian store)
Wash the green pease and soak them atleast 6-8 hours. Pressure cook them till soft for 3-4 whistles.

Take one pot and put on stove on medium flame. Put 2-3 tsp oil and mustard seeds. When they start crackling add ginger-chili paste and turmeric powder. Immediately add 1/2 cup water. When the water start boiling, add boiled green peas. Then add all the spices, salt, jaggery and aamchur powder. Add water as required for consistency like ragda or gravy. Mash some green peas with ladle and simmer the usal on slow flame for 15-20 minutes, so dried green peas are well marinated with spices.

To serve Usal
Take some Usal in one big bowl. Add chopped onion,tomato, cilantro and all the chutneys(as per taste). Sprinkle some sev on top for crunch and Serve hot with toasted bread.

This Usal/ragda tastes great with alu tikki/pattis also as ragda patis. The leftover tastes good with roti also.
This whole dish can be made very quickly, if you have all the chutneys ready or you can easily buy them ready made.

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