Moth bean or Turkish Gram “Matki Usal”

This simple moth bean dish is a stand-out at any event. Its great as a salad or a quick protein-filled snack for anytime during the day.


  • 1 cup Moth bean, washed and soaked overnight in water, remove water the next day and allow to sprout for another day by keeping it in a warm place covered
  • 2 green chillies, cut in half to get 4 pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/2 teaspoon  black mustard “rai”
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Heat oil in a vessel. Add asafoetida and  black mustard. The oil has to be hot enough for the mustard seeds to crackle. Then add the green chillies and throw in the sprouted beans.
  • Add red chilly powder, turmeric, sugar and salt to taste.
  • Mix well, cover and keep on medium flame and let it cook for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes,stir again and cook for another 5 minutes on low flame.

Serve hot and garnish with chopped cilantro.

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