Matki is one among the many pulse grains available in the market. It actually resembles Moong/Green gram dal in shape/texture but is different in taste, size and color – typically light or dark brown depending upon the place where it is grown.
I understand this is a delicacy from Maharastra – I in fact came across this when we were in Nipani in early 80s – it was quite popular there as a side dish with Rotis/Chapathis and sometimes with rice for lunch. It has to be sprouted and combined with peanuts in a proper proportion to prepare the masala.
What you need to have:
– Matki/Moth beans – 1 cup
– Peanuts – 1/4 cup
Matki beans & peanuts
Ingredients of Masala :
– Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
– Green chillies – 2
– Onions (Big) – 2
– Tomato – 1
– Ginger – 1″ piece
– Garlic cloves – 3-4
– Chili powder – 1 teaspoon
– Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
– Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon
– Coriander leaves – a handful
– Fresh coconut 1 tablespoon
– Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
– Curry leaves A string
Ingredients of Masala
What you do with what you have:
1. Soak both Matki and peanuts in a bowl of water overnight.
2. Drain water and tie it in a dry cloth and keep it for sprouting for about 8-10 hours. The sprouted grains is as shown in the image below.
Sprouted Matki & Peanuts
2. Cook sprouted mixture in cooker as usual adding around 1/2 cup water till done while also adding a pinch of salt so that it is not over cooked.
3. Grate coconut, chop coriander leaves and onions (fine), cut green chili and set aside. Also prepare ginger garlic paste and keep it aside.
4. Place a wide bowl with 4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it. On heating add mustard. On sputtering add Cumin seeds, green chili, curry leaves, chopped onion and tomatoes. Add a little salt to it so that it doesn’t get burnt. (you can later add more to suit your tastes)
4. Keep stirring and when cooked add chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, ginger garlic paste and lastly add the cooked mixture of Matki and Peanuts to it from step 2.
Ready to serve Matki Masala with Chapathi
Decorate it with coriander leaves and grated coconut. Serve hot with chapathi as shown in the image below. One can even enjoy it as a side dish for lunch.
How long it takes: 1 hour (including cooking of the ingredients in cooker)
Serves: 4 people