Goan Masoorchi Usali is a quick and simple stir fry that we make in Goa. In Goa we make different types of usali or usal. Goan Moogachi usali (green gram stir fry) and chanyachi usali (gram stir fry) is all time favorite. However, I thought of making this usali with masoor and it turned delicious. You can make it with sprouts too. On the days when we fast, we make this dish without onion.
Masoor is a lentil and contains carbohydrates. They are a good source of dietary fibre. They are low in fat and calories but rich in vitamins. This is a nutritious dish which can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can eat it as a side with rice and moolyacho ross or have it with rotis for dinner. We simply love to eat a bowl of this protein filled nutritious dish for breakfast too. Oh yes, you can use this usal as a stuffing to make yummy sandwiches too.
Ingredients: Prep. Time: 30 minutes, Serves: 4
½ cup masoor / brown lentil
1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
1 medium sized tomato, finely chopped
2 tablespoons freshly grated coconut
2 tablespoon oil
¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
1 green chilli, slit
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 sprig curry leaves
2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
Wash and soak masoor for 2 to 3 hours. After soaking drain, the water.
Add the masoor to a pressure cooker along with 2 cups water and pressure cook it for 2 whistles.
Wait for the pressure from the cooker to be released.
Heat a kadai, add oil.
After oil gets heated, add mustard seeds and let it flutter.
Now add cumin seeds and let it crackle.
Add curry leaves, asafoetida and slit green chilli and stir.
Now add chopped onion and fry till onion turns pinkish.
Add chopped tomato and let it cook till tomato turns soft and mushy.
Now add ¼ teaspoon salt and mix well.
Add turmeric powder and mix.
Now add pressure cooked masoor and mix well.
Add grated coconut and again mix.
Let this cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
If needed add salt.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.