Cook's Hideout: Masala Murmure/ Mandakki Usal

June 22, 2013

Masala Murmure/ Mandakki Usal

My partner for this month's Taste & Create is PJ @ Seduce your Tastebuds. PJ has a ton of quick and easy recipes and I tried quite a few from her blog in the past. But for this month's Taste & Create, I chose a very quick and easy Mandakki Usal aka Masala Murmure from PJ's blog.
Masala Murmure/ Mandakki Usal
I wanted to make something quick for my lunch one day and happened to this recipe on PJ's blog. As she says, it takes no time to put together and is spicy and delicious. Since murmure don't need to be cooked for long, the only time consuming part of the dish is chopping and cooking the veggies. I thought the addition of grated ginger really made the dish taste spicy and yummy!!
Masala Murmure/ Mandakki Usal
Ingredients: (Serves 1)
Murmure - 2cups
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Green chilies - 2, slit
Tomato - 1 small, chopped
Curry leaves - few
Ginger - 1tsp, finely grated
Roasted peanuts - 1tbsp
Turmeric - ½tsp
Cilantro - for garnish
Salt - to taste

For Tempering:
Chana dal - 1tsp
Mustard seeds - ½tsp 
Cumin seeds - ½tsp

  • Heat 2tsp oil in a saute pan, add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add curry leaves, green chilies, ginger and onions. Cook until onions turn translucent.
  • Next add turmeric and tomatoes, cook until tomato is cooked, but not too mushy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • In the meantime, rinse the murmure and drain out all the water and set aside. Don't soak for too long, murmure will get very soggy.
  • Once ready, add the murmure to the tomato mixture along with salt and roasted peanuts. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Turn off the heat and serve immediately.
Masala Murmure/ Mandakki Usal

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