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Moth Bean Delight
(Matki Usal)

Tomato Onion

A traditional Maharashtrian preparation that is relatively simple and nutritious, yet very delicious.

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Serves: 4 
Cooking time (approx.):  minutes
Style: Indian Vegetarian (Maharashtrian)

1  cup(s) moth beans (matki) soaked in water overnight
2  medium onion(s) chopped
1  teaspoon(s) each of mustard seeds and red chilli powder
1  teaspoon(s) cumin seeds roasted and powdered
4  flake(s) garlic chopped
4  green chilli(es) chopped
1  teaspoon(s) goda masala or hot spice mix (garam masala) powder.

½  teaspoon(s) turmeric powder
2  medium tomato(es) chopped
1  teaspoon(s) grated jaggery
1  sprig curry leaves (optional)
2  tablespoon(s) oil
salt and to taste
coconut shavings (optional) and finely chopped coriander leaves to garnish.

  1. Heat the oil, drop in the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add the chopped green chilli(es), garlic and curry leaves (optional). Stir fry for a few seconds. Now add the chopped onion(s) and saute on medium heat for 5  minutes or till the onions are lightly browned.
  2. Add the cumin, turmeric and red chilli powders. Add the hot spice mix, jaggery, salt, tomatoes and fry till oil separates.
  3. Add the drained moth beans (matki). Mix well and add water just enough to cover this mixture. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on medium / low heat for 20  minutes or till the moth beans are fully cooked.
    Garnish with coconut shavings (optional) and finely chopped coriander leaves.


  • Goda masala is a taste-enhancing spice mix specially used for Maharashtrian recipes. It may be available at any Indian store. However, if unavailable it can be replaced by hot spice mix (garam masala).

Serve hot with: Subtly Tempered Rice (Nucchi), white rice or Indian bread (Roti, Chapati).

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