Hi girls,

I’ve recently adopted a healthier lifestyle and I could not feel better about myself. I’ve been avoiding junk food, carbonated drinks and sugar and instead loading my diet with small, healthy yet yummy meals. I feel fresher and feel much healthier overall. One of the trickiest meals for me to plan is snack time because it is really easy to get tempted and grab a packet of chips or something. So I’ve been making healthy yet delicious snacks and I’m going to share with you the recipe for one of my favourites today – mixed sprouts usal.

INGREDIENTS

For cooking sprouts:

* 200 gms mixed sprouts, about 1.5 cups mixed sprouts

* 3 cups water for cooking sprouts

 

For usal:

* 1.5 tbsp oil

* 7-8 small garlic, sliced length wise

* 1/2 cup chopped onion

* 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes

* 1 tsp green chilles

* 1 tsp coriander powder

* 1.5 tsp garam masala

* 1/8 tsp Hing

* 1/4 tsp haldi powder

* 1 cup water/as required

* 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut

* 1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped finely

* salt as per taste

 

For garnishing:

*1-2 lime juice wedges

*3-4 tbsp finely chopped onion

 

METHOD

Cooking mixed sprouts:

  1. Take 200 Gm of mixed sprouts in a bowl or pan. Rinse the sprouts very well. You can also use fine strainer to rinse the sprouts.
  2. Add the rinsed sprouts in the pressure cooker along with 2 cups of water.
  3. On a medium flame, pressure cook the sprouts for 3-4 whistles or 6-7 min or till they are cooked completely. If you do not have a pressure cooker, then cook the sprouts in a pan with enough water. Cooking sprouts in a pan will take a longer time to cook. Once sprouts are cooked, reserve the stock for the usal.

 

Preparing usal:

  1. Heat 1.5 tbsp of oil in a pan
  2. Add sliced garlic and sauté on low flame, till they become translucent.
  3. Then add chopped tomatoes and green chillies.
  4. Then add turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala and generous pinch of asafoetida.
  5. Mix the spices very well with the onion tomato mixture on a low flame.
  6. Then add the boiled sprouts along with the stock. Mix very well.
  7. Now pour 1 cup water
  8. Season with salt as per taste.
  9. Simmer usal for 4-5 mins on low flame till it bubbles.
  10. Then add 1 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves.
  11. Cover and cook for a min on a low flame.
  12. Remove the lid add 1/4 cup of fresh grated coconut and mix well.
  13. Stir well and simmer for 1-2 min more.
  14. By now the usal will start thickening. Once it does, switch off the gas.
  15. While serving sprinkle usal with 1 tbsp of chopped onion and some lime wedges. Serve mix sprouts usal with paw or roti or have as is.

 

I hope you guys try the recipe and end up loving it as much as I do! Do share your thoughts in comments below.

 

 

Love always,

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