April 20, 2007

MATKI PULAO

Delicious Matki Pulao is my entry to Nupur's "A to Z vegetables" event this week with letter " M ". Thanks Nupur:)

What's Matki or Moath beans?!
Look at the picture below.I have no idea what they call it in English. All I can tell you is, it is one of the most nutritious beans and makes one delicious spicy Maharastrian Misal I used to eat a lot in Belgaum!:))

They are these cute tiny little whole grams as you can see.You can usually get them in the dry form and when soaked overnight,they plump up to a rich brown soft beans but still the tiniest of all the beans!!:D

This recipe is from Tarla Dalal's cookbook who comes up with the most innovative tasty vegetarian dishes ever and it's nutritious as well.I did change and added a little more to the recipe. Here it is...


Matki Pulao:




You Need:


1 cup long-grain rice cooked, 1 cup sprouted matki (moath) cooked, 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing), 1 small onion chopped fine,2 green chillies, chopped, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp grated ginger, 4-6 spring onions, chopped, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi), 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder,2 small Tomatoes(Save few pieces for garnish), 1 tbsp oil, 3 cloves (powdered), salt to taste.For the garnish: Saved Tomato pieces, 2 tbsp chopped cilantro.




How to make the pulao:

Cook rice and Matki (do not overcook)separately and keep them aside.Heat the oil, add cumin seeds,onions fry until reddish.Add hing, green chillies, ginger, and spring onions,tomatoes, saute` for a few minutes.Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder,coriander powder and add 1/4 cup of water and salt.Simmer until the water is almost evaporated.


Add the cooked the matki ,clove pd,mix well and let it simmer for a while.Take it out and add this thick sauce to the rice and mix thoroughly.Adjust the salt.
Garnish with Tomato pieces and cilantro and serve with a Raita or lemon slices.



NOTE: To make this even more nutritious,you could let the Matki sprout. Soak in water for 6-8 hours,drain the water, and then tie them in a damp cloth.Put it in a dish covered and leave it overnight.They will sprout warm weather sooner than in cold.You can add Bell peppers and carrots to this Pulao to make it more colorful!

Makti beans(smaller)on your left and red Chori beans on your right!
Some of you do not know about Matki beans, so I took a photo to show you how the Matki beans look like.It's the tiny beans you see here on the left.Of course,you can use any beans to make this pulao including Moong:))



That's it.Enjoy the spicy healthy Matki Pulao:)

45 comments:

Kribha said...

I call matki as red chori and usually use it in gravy and dry curries. Making a pulav out of this is new to me. I also liked the idea of adding matki sprouts,bell peppers and carrots. Can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

Hey Asha,
one more thing...this is the third time I came back home without finding dill. I always find parsley but not dill. I usually shop in a chinese market. Should I have to try in American stores only? I'm so eager to try out your muffins, but not yet found the main ingredient.hope to find it next week.

Ayesha Seerin said...

matki .. have not heard about it ... is it available in indian stores?

Asha said...

Hi Kribha,
Red chori is different beans from Matki beans.Red choris are bigger than Matki beans.Next time you shop in the Indian store,look for Matkis.You can use Red choris too to make this Pulao.Try it:)
I always buy dill in US groceries,not all of them store Dill but some good(read expensive)grocery stores do.Hope you get it.Thanks Kribha:))

DEEPA said...

Hey Asha

Look dish .Never tried this varity .Will surely give it a hot .
Cool one

Asha said...

Ayesha,yes ,it's available in most Indian stores where they keep all the dry dals and beans.If you can't see them ,ask the store keeper to get it.They are very tiny.I will post a photo in about 15 mins,come back and check:)


You are welcome Deepa.It's a quick dish to make on weekends when you run out of ideas!:D

Sig said...

Asha, Pulav looks so good with all those colors... Never seen those beans before!

Asha said...

Hi Sig,Pulao tastes great with that clove pd,spicy!!:)
Glad I put that photo up,lot of you didn't about Matki beans!
Have a great weekend:)

Kribha said...

Thanks for posting the picture Asha.Never knew about matki earlier.

Asha said...

You are welcome K!Make sure you get some Matki next time,it tastes good:)

Ranjani said...

i was wondering what to do with the matki i have . will try this on sunday ..thanx:)

Asha said...

You are welcome Ranjani:)) You can make any gravy dishes just like you with Moong,tastes equally good.

Coffee said...

I make this quite often!!!! Sometimes I add methi to it as well...... gives a nice taste to it. Try it if you like methi. :)

BTW, I managed to fish out the lovely looooooooooong comment that you wrote. :) Like me, I think my spam eater also likes long comments. :)

Thanks for the beautiful response. << >>

Asha said...

Thank God you know about Matki! I would love to try it with methi too.I am going to sow some methi seeds this weekend.

You fished out my first comment!!That's a great,I got so frustrated yesterday when it disappeared on me!!You are very welcome!Hugs:))

Richa said...

hey asha, the matki pulao looks so yummy! I make the pulao and also use the matki to make usal, it sure is a tasty bean. Back home, I still remember this very old lady, we used to call matki aunty because she sold the most fresh matki sprouts ever. So even when we forgot to soak matki we could rely on her. reminded me of her.
thanks

Asha said...

Hi Richa,you are right!It's the tastiest bean ever.I love it,adding methi like as coffee said would make it even better:)) Enjoy.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Matki......Sounds new to me.....Ur presentation looks great.....I want to try this matki pulao once ......

Asha said...

Great Sukanya! Matki beans are delicious and so tiny,it's joy to to cook:)) Let me know how did you like it.

Gattina said...

Asha, you are so thoughtful to explain and show us different pics of matki. I haven't been particualarly looking for it but sure finding them is no problem. My husband and I always love pulao, will try your recipe real soon, thanks a lot!

Asha said...

You are welcome Gattina:))

Some of them didn't about Matki beans,so I attached a photo just to make sure we know what we are talking about!:D Enjoy.

Inji Pennu said...

I have never seen this. Should look for them. It is so great that you get to know a lot through food blogs.

Asha said...

I know!That's why I love visiting so many blogs.It's a delight to learn about new things and recipes.Enjoy Matki beans:))

Bharathy. said...

matki...havent heard or seen that pulse....Great recipe..seems nutritious...will try.
Thanx for informing the kannada name for mor kuzhambu...edited now:)...actually I knew abt it earlier from your RCI entry...but missed to edit..now DONE...Thanx:)...for the visits too........

Pinki said...

wow wonderful pics , i wish we had smellovision too:)

indosungod said...

Asha, I have these Matki beans but have never cooked with them, the Pulao is colorful and protein filled all at the same time.

Asha said...

Hi Bharathy,thanks for editing.I just wanted you to know about the Kannada name too.Hope you are having a great weekend:))

Hi Pinki,thanks for visiting.I hope one day somebody will invent smellovision, so we could visit more blogs!;D

Indo,most south Indians don't seem to cook with these Matkis.They make Misal in Maharashtra,they taste divine!Try it,it's healthy too,a bonus!!:))

Sharmi said...

Hi Asha, the pulao looks new and nice. very nutritious recipe.
thanks dear!!

Roopa said...

Hi Asha,
How did i miss checking you Aroma for quite sometime.
Nupur site nodi nenpayithu. Delicious entries. Navu E pulav madthivi.nim site nodi ondu onde recipe nanpagtha ede mathe mado umedinu sigathe :) hugs:)

Sia's Corner said...

aha...and all this time i used to think it as sister of green moong;) i have seen this in asian stores but never tried(may be i have but i dont remember:) now i will add this to my groceries list. do u think we can use this for any dals too?

Asha said...

You are welcome Sharmi.It's tasty ,hope you try:))

Roopa, put Aroma in the blog roll so you can remember:))
It's true,when I see some Kannada recipes in other blogs,I think I know this and then start looking for my own recipes!!:D
Nim recipenu madi post madodalva?:)

Asha said...

Hello Sups,you are the last one to catch me here before my new one!:D

Yes,you can use any beans,specially Moong tastes fabulous.Matki taste like nutty,it's great to Misal.Nupur has Misal recipe.I make it but never posted mine.Hope you try.

I hope your handsome guy gets a girlfriend very soon,I am missing your posts!!:))

Seema said...

Asha,
Now unlike pasta rice dishes are always my all time favs. I have made curries out of matki but never tried pulav our of them. Beautiful picture as always asha.

Asha said...

Thanks Seema.We like rice dishes too,bcos it's just quicker than making two or three dishes at the same time than one pulao!Try it:)

Sneha said...

Pulav looks good! Is this matki what we call "alasande KaLu" in Kannada?? Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Asha said...

Hi Sneha,nope.Alasande is red chori or black eyed peas.These are different kind,which has longer,thinner shape than alasande.
Next time Indian storege hodaga huduki nodi,sigabahudu.Palya madokke kooda tumba chennagirutte:))

Ranjani said...

asha , i tried this with chappati & your matar aloo in coconut-almond sauce yesterday. everything was too good !
thanx:)

Asha said...

Hi Ranjani,what a great menu you had!!Sounds great,thanks for trying.Glad you liked it:))

Prema Sundar said...

Matki and red choris are new to me.. and pulao with that is interesting.

Asha said...

OH NO!!!:D
Both are new to you!Red choris are wonderfully tasty in any gravy or Sambhar.Try it.

Kajal said...

Really great dish and health too.
Good idea.:)
Nice entry for event.
Your work is just like heaven.
Thanks for sharing.
Bye-4-noW

Asha said...

Hi Kajal,thank you girl.It's tasty,hope you try:))

kvmurali32 said...

thank you very much.
I've been looking for a picture of matki to try out misal pav:)

Asha said...

Hi Murali,Misal is wonderful with this Matki.Enjoy it.
Lot of ppl didn't know what Matki was, so I posted a picture.Glad it helped you:))

Jans said...

Different version of a pulav....will surely try it out...Nice blog too

Asha said...

Thanks Jans. This is the easiest Pulao you can make, tastes great. Makes a quick lunch!:)

SPICE OF LIFE said...

love this pulav.... I love using Matki ...but never knew we can make pulav like this .... thanks for the great recipe :)