Monday, August 11, 2008
Mooga SaarUpkari~Moong Curry
SaarUpkari,as I've mentioned before is the easiest Konkani curry you can whip up.In fact,this one used to be my hubby's and his friends' staple when they were leading their bachelor lives,my hubby being the main cook.Its surprising actually to think of my hubby cooking,coz the only time he ever ventures into the kitchen now is when I am out of station or not well.I keep pestering him to cook up something for me..hope my wish comes true one day,;-).
I should give him due credit for giving me the recipe and proper instructions while making this though.SaarUpkaris are made using pulses,almost all of them.I feel this is the best way to introduce pulses in your daily menu as this requires very less effort to prepare and it is healthy too.While my google search for moong,I was quite surprised to see moong bean is widely used in Chinese cuisine!I have seen moong sprouts in noodles,but never knew it was part of their cuisine.
Mooga SaarUpkari tastes excellent with pej/kanji as well as with matta rice,for lunch.Hubby's friends liked it with puttu too,I have somehow not tried that combination as I have to have kadala curry with puttu and nothing else.
SaarUpkari goes to Srivalli's Curry Mela.
Moong bean/Payaru/Green gram - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Garlic cloves - 5-6,crushed
Red chillies - 2,broken into pieces
Soak the moong beans for 3-4 hours.
Cook in a pressure cooker till done,it should not be mushy.
Add salt to taste.
In a pan,add oil and let it heat.
Add the crushed garlic and red chillies.
Stir for a while till the garlic gets cooked and evenly browned.
Add it to the moong and mix well.
Serve hot with rice,pej/kanji or puttu!!