Vatanyachi usal is a popular Maharastrian breakfast recipe.The usal is made using different varieties of lentils such as white peas,moth beans and mung beans.
The usal is served as such or can be eaten along with rice and roti.If the usal topped with some farsan(mixture) and chopped onion,tomato and served with pav is Misal.
This was in my to do list since long time.Couple of days back when I was looking my cook book collections to make something for Cookbook Challenge this recipe caught my attention.
In the original recipe the entire cooking process was done using pressure cooker.But I cooked the soaked white peas in the pressure cooker for two whistles and the rest of the cooking in the pan.The usal came out very delicious and had it for our evening snack along with some homemade pav buns.It tasted heavenly after shoveling almost 30 inches of snow.It was bit quite filling snack and we skipped our dinner.Lets move on to the recipe.......
- Addition of tamarind paste is to get an extra tangy taste.
- Do not over cook the the white peas it may turn mushy.
- If you feel the gravy is not thick enough,mash a handful of peas and add it to the curry.