Matki Usal| Moong Dal Recipe with Goda masala


Matki usal is a Maharashtrian moong dal recipe, I got to eat in my office canteen. It is a gravy dish in which cooked moong dal is mixed with some specially made masalas. 

When, I first had this dish I felt, it had close resemblance to the Kerala style Kadala curry which I used to have at my home. I naturally, became very curious and wanted to make this recipe. I spoke to the chef and got an idea of the ingredients he used. 

I did a bit of research on how to make this dish, and came to know that, the taste of this dish was due to a special combination of masala ingredients Maharashtrian people add. This masala is called goda masala. It’s ingredients was what, the chef had explained. 

So, what is goda masala??

In simple words, it is a mix of Indian spices like bayleaf, red chilly, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, dagh phool, and dry coconuts. The word goda means dark. Like its name, the final masala is also dark in color. 

For todays, recipe, I am going to teach you 2 things. 

1. How to prepare fresh goda masala

2. How to make the gravy.


You need to keep green moong dal in water at least for 2 days. By that time, the sprouts would have started to come out of the dal. This has 2 advantages. For one, moong dal would be more softened up. Two, the dish would become more rich in proteins.

It is best, if you can make the fresh masala. You would need a mixer for it.

If you grinding the masalas, and the gravy seperately, this process will take around 30-40 min. Now, if you are a beginner, I would ask you to buy fresh goda masala and fry the onions and tomatoes  to prepare the gravy (instead of blending them). By this step, you can make the dish in 25 min.

Below, I will summarize the steps as an infographic image. In case, you have any doubts, you can refer my detailed preparation steps, with pictures.


Matki Usal - Preparation Steps

Part I) Prepare gravy and cook moong dal. 

1. Dice 1 ½ onions, 2 tomatoes, 1 slice of ginger and keep it aside. 



You can also add garlic if you want. I personally, prefer my dishes to be garlic free. For this dish, green chillies are not required.

2. In a mixer jar, add all the diced contents and blend it into a thick paste.


3. Wash the sprouted moong dal well. Add ¼ cup of water in a pan and add the moong dal into it. Close the lid of the pan and cook it for 5 min.


Part II) Mix gravy and goda masala

4. In a frying pan, heat oil. To this add ¼ tbsp. of mustard seeds and ¼ tbsp. of cumin seeds.


5. As the mustard seeds splutter, add the gravy into the pan. Heat it until the oil leaves the sides of the pan.


6. When the gravy has lost its moisture, and has been fried well, add the fresh goda masala and stir well. Add 2 cups of water into it along with 1tbsp of salt and let it boil for 5 min-7 min. 


7. Add the cooked moong dal into the gravy and let it cook for another 5 min.


8. After this, taste your recipe to see if all the raw flavors have settled down. If not, boil it for some more time.Once, it is done, Chop some coriander leaves and garnish on top of the mix. 


9. Serve it with a slice of lemon, along with roti. Your Matki Usal is ready to be served.


Cooking tips:

If you make this dish for dinner, then the dish tastes much better the next morning.

You may like these recipes

There are many ways to make Goda masala and the matki usal recipe. I have just used one of the methods to make it. Below, I have added few other variations you may like. 

1. SpiceupCurry: Details a very simple method to make goda masala with easily available ingredients. I made my recipe following steps from this blog. 

2. VegrecipesofIndia: Little more detailed instructions for making goda masala and gravy. If you want a more authentic dish, you should follow their recipe.

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