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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Matarchi Usal

Event: Blogging Marathon #41
Theme: Pick one ingredient and cook for 3 days
My choice: Green Peas

I chose to go with matarchi usal for my first "green peas" based post. This Maharashtrian side dish with subtly sweet flavors is a quick and easy one to prepare. It is so simple that it can be done under 10 minutes, especially if using frozen peas. Just zap the peas in a microwave for a couple of minutes while grinding the coconut mixture and just cook enough until the flavors are absorbed by the peas. The mixture is on the wet / semi dry side but I kept it dry to showcase it better. This is served with pav / rotis.

2 cups green peas (I used frozen peas.)
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
A pinch of asafoetida powder
Salt to taste
Ingredients to grind:
1/4 cup coconut
3 - 4 green chillies or as required
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 inch piece of ginger

* Grind coconut, cumin, chillies, ginger to a fine paste adding 2 - 3 tbsp of water.
* Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start to sizzle and pop, add turmeric, curry leaves and asafoetida. Add peas, the ground paste, salt and add about 1/2 cup water. 
* Cook until the peas are done and serve warm.



Srivalli said...

That's such a comforting dish..the peas looks stunning..

Priya Suresh said...

I can finish that bowl of usal just like snacks, looks excellent and very delicious.

nandoos Kitchen said...

nice healthy usal

vaishali sabnani said...

Simple dish but yet of my choice..must have tasted delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very colourful and lovely looking ural.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Very nice dish

Jayanthi said...

Simple yet healthy and delicious.

Chef Mireille said...

I love green peas and this is so simple and quick to put together

Pavani N said...

What a simple and flavorful dish.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Simple and comforting. My kids will surely love this.