VATANA USAL – SAUTEED FRESH GREEN PEAS

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VATANA USAL-SAUTEED FRESH GREEN PEAS WITH COCONUT

VATANA USAL-SAUTEED FRESH GREEN PEAS WITH COCONUT

Ingredients

USAL IS A TRADITIONAL SAUTEED VEGETABLE RECIPE FROM MAHARASHTRA. IN KONKANI IT IS CALLED UPKARI. THIS USAL IS SATVIK-PREPARED WITHOUT ONIONS AND GARLIC AND IS OFTEN MADE DURING GANESH CHATURTI AND OTHER RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS. IT IS DELICIOUS WITH A FLATBREAD LIKE PHULKA OR WITH RICE AND YELLOW LENTILS.

SERVES 4

2 CUPS SHELLED FRESH GREEN PEAS

1 TEASPOON CUMIN SEEDS

PINCH ASAFETIDA

6 FRESH CURRY LEAVES, TORN

2 INDIAN GREEN CHILLIES SLIT INTO FOUR LONG PIECES

1 INCH GINGER JULIENNED (OPTIONAL)

1/5 TSP TURMERIC

1.5 TABLESPOONS GHEE OR VEGETABLE OIL

SALT AND JAGGERY AS REQUIRED

TO GARNISH

1/4 CUP FRESHLY GRATED COCONUT

1/2 LIME

2 TABLESPOONS FRIED OR TOASTED CASHEW PIECES

Instructions

HEAT THE OIL OR GHEE IN A MEDIUM SKILLET ON A HIGH FLAME.

ADD THE CUMIN SEEDS AND SAUTE 1 MINUTE. ADD CURRY LEAVES, GREEN CHILLIES AND ASAFETIDA. SAUTE 30 SECONDS. ADD THE PEAS AND STIR WELL. ADD TWO CUPS OF WATER, TURMERIC A TEASPOON OF SALT AND COOK UNTIL PEAS ARE DRY AND TENDER. ADD MORE WATER IF REQUIRED.

SQUEEZE LIME JUICE OVER THE COOKED PEAS. TOSS WITH COCONUT, CASHEWS AND TASTE FOR SALT BEFORE SERVING AND SRI IN CRUMBLED JAGGERY IF MORE SWEETNESS IS REQUIRED.

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