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Usal, a spicy Indian bean curry, in a steel bowl with onions and limes
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Usal Recipe

A spicy Maharashtrian curry made with sprouted beans
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Curry, Side
Cuisine: Indian, Indian Vegan, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 101.23kcal


  • 1 cup matki or moth beans , soaked and sprouted
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium red onion , diced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 large tomato , diced
  • 1 large potato , diced into tiny bits
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (use more or less based on your preference for heat)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro , chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • For the goda masala:
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 inch cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • ¼ cup coconut shreds


  • Roast the masala ingredients in a dry skillet until lightly brown and fragrant. Fry the coconut last and keep a close eye on it because it can burn in an instant. Cool, powder in a spice grinder, and reserve.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan.
  • Add the onions and sugar and saute until browned at the edges, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and stir for a minute.
  • Add the tomato, the powdered masala, and chili and turmeric powders.
  • Let this cook, stirring a few times, until the tomatoes start to express the oil.
  • Add the potatoes and stir in.
  • Add the matki beans, about 3 cups of water, and half the coconut milk.
  • Cover and simmer on a medium heat about 20-30 minutes, until the matki beans have cooked and are tender but not mushy.
  • Add the remaining coconut milk, garnish with coriander and some raw onions and lemon, if desired.
  • Serve piping hot.


Calories: 101.23kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.36g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 6.09g | Saturated Fat: 4.91g | Potassium: 334.62mg | Fiber: 2.72g | Sugar: 1.89g | Vitamin A: 300.28IU | Vitamin C: 10.53mg | Calcium: 37.74mg | Iron: 2.47mg