Matki Chi Usal

Matki is a lentil that remained unknown to me until about a couple of years ago. Since I’m not a big fan of lentils, I do not usually explore that segment too much. I spotted matki (moth bean) in the grocery store one day & decided to pick up a pack. I had no idea what to do with it but it was something new & it kinda intrigued me 😀 As it lay in my pantry, I decided to look up for a recipe for it. After having read multiple posts, I zeroed down on a recipe that i thought all of us would like at home. Matki Chi Usal is a healthy Maharashtrian lentil preparation. It goes very well with rice & rotis. I sometimes pack it for the husband’s lunchbox, with plain paranthas on the side. High on protein & less on calories, the matki features on a regular basis at home now 😃
This recipe has been adapted from The original one calls for grated coconut, which i avoided because I do not like coconut-y lentils. I also changed the type & amount of chillies 😃 & added a bit of tamarind for some tang! Read through the recipe & see what works for you. I’d suggest you definitely give the Matki a shot, be it this or another recipe. It’s a pleasant change from the usual dals that we’re so used to 😊

Matki Chi Usal

Course: MainCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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A Maharashtrian lentil recipe made with moth beans.


  • Matki: 1 cup; sprouted

  • Onion: 1 small; chopped

  • Ginger garlic: 1tsp; minced

  • Green chilli: 2; minced

  • Coriander powder: 1/2tsp

  • Turmeric: 1/2tsp

  • Red chilli powder: 1/2tsp

  • Garam masala: 1/4tsp

  • Jeera (cumin seeds): 1/2tsp

  • Dried red chillies: 2

  • Bay leaf: 1

  • Heeng (asafoetida): A pinch

  • Curry leaves: 2 sprigs

  • Tamarind paste: 1/2tsp

  • Fresh coriander: A handful; finely chopped

  • Oil

  • Salt to taste


  • In a pressure cooker, add the sprouted matki with 1 cup of water & a little salt, for 2 whistles.
  • In a kadhai, heat oil & add jeera & mustard seeds. When the seeds start to crackle, add curry leaves, bay leaf, dried red chillies, minced ginger-garlic & chilli. Sauté for a minute.
  • Now add onion and fry it turns till golden brown. Add the tomato & dry spices. Sauté till tomatoes become mushy.
  • Now add the boiled matki with water & mix well. Adjust seasoning and consistency if needed, and simmer for a few minutes on low flame.
  • Add the tamarind paste & mix well to incorporate it. Turn off the flame.
  • Finish with chopped coriander. Serve hot with either rice or rotis.


  • Matki can be sprouted at home just like any other dal.
  • You can add shredded coconut if you like the flavour. That’s what the original recipe calls for.
  • This is a hearty, healthy dish. You can use ghee to make it.

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