We had a potluck lunch a few days ago - and we had this awesome usal made by a dear friend. Loved it a lot. Thanks Vandu - for the lovely usal and the recipe.
Unlike Misal which is a maharastrian delicacy - Usal is comon in Karnataka.
1 cup safed vatana (dried yellow peas) - soaked overnight
1 medium onion - chopped
1 medium tomato - chopped
2 green chillis - chopped
2 teaspoons shredded coconut
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
6 to 7 Red chillis - I used Byadgi Mirchi
2 teaspoons Tamarind Paste
salt to taste
2 tablespoons of oil
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a pressure cooker - cook the soaked vatana along with the onions, tomatoes and green chillis and two cups of water for 3 whistles.
Grid to a fine paste the shredded coconut, coriander seeds, red chillis and the tamarind paste. Add a little water if required.
In a karahi - add the two tablespoons of oil. Then mix the pressure cooked vatanas and the ground mixture. Add salt, lemon juice and garam masala and bring it to a boil.
In a bowl, garnish it with chopped onions, chopped cilantro, hot mix and serve with pav (burger buns, bombay pav, potato buns)