Dec 30, 2008

Lentil Sprouts Usli..

A simple and nutritious usli/fry, which is very tasty and wholesome and takes only a few minutes to prepare. We make these Uslis usually with different kinds of sprouts or soaked beans.

This post is my contribution to the JFI-Sprouts at Ammalu' Kitchen hosted by Dee.

So, here goes..


Lentil sprouts - 2 cups
Onions, chopped - 1 small or half of a big one
Green Chillies, slit lengthwise - 2
Curry leaves - 3
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
Fresh/Frozen Coconut - 1 tbsp (optional). I did not use it.
Salt - to taste


- In a kadhai, heat little oil, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds. Once the seeds crackle, add the curry leaves and the green chillies. Add the chopped onions and fry till they turn soft and transparent.
- Add the lentil sprouts, turmeric powder & salt and saute for a minute. Just sprinkle about a tbsp of water, not more.
- Sprinkle the grated coconut (if using).
- Cover and cook on medium-low heat for about 5 mins, with stirring once in between.
- Pour lemon juice and mix well and its ready to serve.
- Serve as a side in a vegetarian meal.

Note: I have seen my mom using both red chillies as well as green ones in this dish. I dont know the difference, but I personally prefer green chillies.

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Meera said...

Wow, those sprouts look so healthy. Delicious entry. My mom sometimes uses one red chili and one green.

Red Chillies said...

Looks good Maya. I like the idea of cooking the sprouts directly on the stove top and not in the pressure cooker. Cooking in the pressure cooker makes it soft and mushy. Good one.

Madhu said...

Sprouts looks so healthy and yummy, cooked perfectly very nice entry...

Meera said...

Happy New Year to you & yours, dear Maya...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

That was a perfect sprouts recipe. Look so good. What could be more healthy than sprouts....

Happy New Year!!!!!

Cynthia said...

Happy New Year!

Malar Gandhi said...

Sounds like a healthy diet with nice spices....looks perfect for me!:)

Namrata Kini said...

Lovely blog Maya. Came here thru' ur comment on my blog. Happy New Year to u too.