Bengal Gram Usli / ಕಡ್ಲೆ ಉಸ್ಲಿ

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

It was a long time ago I was trying to balance both Kannada and English version of my blog. Since the English version is little younger, it was lagging behing a bit! And finally, I am able to balance them!! These days, my sister was helping me to write few posts in English version coz I was little busy with my saree embroidery :) I want to say a big thanks to my sister for her help :) She only gave me the idea of completing all the posts before this Pongal (Sankranti) festival. We both wish you Happy Pongal :)
Usli means a kind of kosambari. This recipe can be a healthy evening snack or even a combination curry for chapati. Also, it will be prepared as 'prasadam' on the occasion of Tulasi maduve / Karthika in my native. Many people use Kabuli chana instead of black bengal gram for this recipe.

Preparation time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3 

Black bengal gram - 1 1/2 cup (soaked in water for 4 - 5 hours)
Sugar / Jaggery - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Cooking soda - a pinch
Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp
Shredded coconut - 1/2 cup

- For  Masala powder:
Oil - 2 tsp
Cloves 3 - 4
Cinnamon sticks -  2
Red chillies - 3 (adjust according to taste)
Bengal gram dal - 3 tsp
Black gram dal - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves 1 - 2 strands

Wash the soaked bengal gram and cook it in a pressure cooker with sufficient water and a pinch of cooking soda for 3 whistles. Take the cooked bengal gram out and drain the water.
Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a thick bottomed pan and add the masala ingredients one by one and roast them.

Make a coarse powder out of it. Add shredded coconut and blend it for few seconds.
Heat rest of the oil in the same pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add cooked gram, prepared powder, salt, amchur powder, sugar, 4 - 5 curry leaves and little water.
Cook it for few minutes to get a proper consistency.
Your healthy snack is ready for eating. Also, it can be used as a side dish with roti or chapathi.

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  1. simple dish. do visit my blog too

  2. A very nice recipe, and healthy too.
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  3. Looks yumm.. you have a nice collection here.. following you :)

  4. this is the same as kabuli channa right? looks yummy :)

  5. Thank you all!!
    @ Deeps: No dear, its black Chana! But Kabuli Chana also goes well for this recipe :)


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