Mungalachi Usal is a Maharashtrian lentil curry made with the mung bean . It is a healthy and nutritious dish which is high in protein .

Usal is basically a Maharashtrian dish and can be made with Mung beans , Matki or even white peas . The lentils are soaked and allowed to sprout . If one is short on time , the soaked lentils can be used , but traditionally spouted ones are used .

Usals are actuality the dry curries or semi dry (depends upon family ) .The curry is a staple of the Maharashtrian thali. It is also served for breakfast with local bread Pav. I had prepared this Usal for the Protein Rich Maharashtrian Thali .

These is a lot of confusion about Missal and Usal . Well Missals are curries which are super spicy and oily .Even the Usal has high content of chillies but it gets cut down by addition of coconut, jaggery and some spices, though I haven’t used any jaggery in this recipe . Here is the Mungalach Usal that I made with my Maharashtrian Spread .

While writing this introduction , I realised that I have already posted a Moong Usal..but this one is a completely new version.

Mungalachi Usal

Ingredients

1 cup sprouted moong ( non sprouted also work but former tastes better)
1 onion finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
2 tsp fresh coconut grated
2 tbsp fresh coriander
1 green chilly
1 inch ginger
3-4 cloves garlic
1 tspn red chilly powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp coriander- cumin powder
2-3 black pepper

For tempering

1 tsp oil
1 tspn mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
Pinch asafoetida

Garnish

Grated coconut
Chopped coriander

Method

Grind coconut, ginger, fresh coriander and chilly into fine paste, the finer the better is the taste.
In a pan heat oil and prepare tempering using mustard, asafoetida and curry leaves , add some turmeric .
Add the onions and garlic and let it cook .
Add moong and cover and cook for 10 min, keep sprinkling water as needed but not much
Add the ground paste and other spices and salt .
Cook with little water to adjust consistency of curry .
Garnish with fresh coriander, grated coconut and lemon juice.

Mungalachi Usal

Here are some more recipes from the state of Maharashtra

Maharashtrian Poori

Paalakchi Patal Bhaji

Tandalachi Kheer

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Mungalachi Usal
Mungalachi Usal is a Maharashtrian lentil curry made with the mung bean . It is a healthy and nutritious dish which is high in protein .
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 2 Days
Servings
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 2 Days
Servings
Instructions
  1. Grind coconut, ginger, fresh coriander and chilly into fine paste, the finer the better is the taste.
  2. In a pan heat oil and prepare tempering using mustard, asafoetida and curry leaves , add some turmeric .
  3. Add the onions and garlic and let it cook .
  4. Add moong and cover and cook for 10 min, keep sprinkling water as needed but not much
  5. Add the ground paste and other spices and salt .
  6. Cook with little water to adjust consistency of curry .
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander, grated coconut and lemon juice.
Recipe Notes

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8 thoughts on “Mungachi Usal version 2”

  1. yes agree the coconut spice paste is a lovely addition, I always make it slightly runny and thin and also add jaggery.. this is a great recipe using sprouts, actually 🙂

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