Thursday, April 17, 2014

Usal Pav / Sev Usal

This is a street food dish. Like a brother to the other pav dish, misal pav. Also a lazy persons pav bhaji substitute. It has the soft peas with crunchy farsan (a mix of ganthiya, sev, peanuts, chana daal) {or just thick sev if you are making sev usal} with the bite of onions! It's yumm make some today...


1 1/2 cups dry peas
2 large onions, finely diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tomatoes, diced
3-4 cloves 
1 stick cinnamon 
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin coriander powder (dhania jeera powder)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 green chilies
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
Pinch asafoetida 

To serve:
2 cups sev or mix farsan (I like the Bombay mix)
1 onion finely diced

Wash the peas thoroughly and soak them overnight or atleast for 8 hours. Make sure to take a large vessel and add atleast double the amount of water to the quantity of peas. 

You can pressure cook it directly in a cooker or sauté it in a vessel and put it in the pressure cooker. Heat oil in a deep pot. Add the asafoetida, cumin and mustard seeds when oil is hot. Then add the cinnamon, cloves, green chilies, onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes till the onion becomes translucent. Next add the tomatoes and sauté for about 2 minutes on medium flame. Add the salt, chili powder, cumin coriander powder and turmeric. Sauté to mix. Add the peas along with 3 cups of water and set in the pressure cooker. Cook for 3 whistles and let it cool naturally. Check for salt and seasoning and adjust as needed. Usal is ready! 

To serve, ladle some of the usal in a bowl. Sprinkle onions and farsan on top. Serve hot along with pav. 


divya said...

Awesome....simply awesome...

Hari Chandana said...

Very delicious!!!


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