Mahanandi » Spinach

Sreemathi Kamalabai Ogale, my authority on Maharashtrian vegetarian cuisine has written in Ruchira that usal can be prepared with fresh or rehydrated dried peas and also with sprouted ones. So, I reserved a cup of sprouted peas to try the usal recipe today. I couldn’t resist adding little bit of green – the fresh spinach from the local ritu bazaar. Two pretty and ordinary foods together became an extraordinary combination, all thanks to miracle like Marathi usal recipe. What a way to enjoy the sprouted peas!


1 teaspoon peanut oil

¼ tsp each – mustard seeds and asafetida

1 cup – yellow and green sprouted peas

1 bunch – fresh spinach, finely chopped

¼ tsp turmeric

2 tablespoons fresh coconut gratings, 4 green chillies and ¼tsp cumin

(blend to smooth paste)

Salt to taste or ¼ tsp

Heat peanut oil in a wide skillet.

Add and toast mustard seeds and asafetida.

When seeds start to pop, add the sprouted peas and reduce the heat to low.

Sprinkle handful of water, cover and steam-cook the peas to tender.

Add the chopped spinach.

Sprinkle turmeric, coconut-chilli-cumin ground paste.

Mix and cook until the spinach collapses. Season with salt and serve hot.

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