Saturday, November 01, 2008

Modachya Moogachi Amti

Sprouted Mung Bean Curry

Moog is a very important bean in Ayurved as all body types can consume it. I love sprouted Moog. There are two or three ways of making Moog curry for an every day Marathi meal. This one is the type made along the Konkan(coastal) strip. This bean does not cause gasification or bloating like other beans. In Ayurved moog porridge is suggested as a detox diet. My Aruna Kaki over did the sprouts diet and has ended with high uric acid level in her blood. So remember any food even the safe ones have to be consumed in a balanced manner and never try fad diets on your own.

This recipe is how Tai used to make it and Ghadi kaka always asked for a spoon to slurp it even when he was eating a Thali meal using his fingers.


2 cup sprouted Moog
2 Onions
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
2 red chilies
1/2 inch ginger
2 pods garlic
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 tomato (optional) or few Kokum pieces
salt to taste
2 teaspoons oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 big pinch asafoetida

To prepare the masala

Roast the onions on direct flame like shown here.

Cool and peel the burnt skin. Use the roasted onion for masala.

Chop the roasted onion. Put it in a chutney grinder. Add the dessicated coconut, red chilies, ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, red chili powder, tomato or Kokum pieces and grind together to a smooth paste.

Meanwhile pressure cook the Moog beans for 2 whistles. They get cooked fast so the usual three whistles are not required. Let it cool before you open.

Once pressure cooker is cooled in a pot heat oil. Add mustard seeds and asafoetida. As they splutter away add the cooked beans. Then transfer the ground masala paste into it. Now top up with water to a consistency of your liking. Boil for 10 mins on medium heat. Remove from heat and let it rest for 10 mins. Flavours turn out best post cooking as they meld in the pot.

Lap up the Modachya Moogachi Amti with hot rice.

We had ours with crunchy Rice papads and sweets on the side.


  1. Sprouted moong curry is interesting. Lovely presentation.

  2. Love recipe and I had tried once and it was too good.

  3. Lovely dish..sprouted moong curry is a favorite..yours looks so delicious...even I felt like slurping it with a spoon..!!

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  5. Looks delicious. Pardon the ignorance, but there is a bean which i once had at Viva Paschim (one of those venerable places you go to, when you are really hungry!) ... its white, and flat ... which is that? :-)

  6. Atul I like Viva Paschim too :). It is the coastal food which is my home food but the veg options are really limited there. I love the sol kadhi there.

    The bean you mentioned is called double bean. The dry ones are available too they can be soaked overnight and cooked as usual like rajma and other beans. But the fresh ones are really tender.

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