Mooga Gathi( Sprouted green gram in coconut curry) It is a delicious curry that is made without onion and garlic for “Shivrak” days in Goan cuisine.
“Shivrak” are those days when the traditional Goans do not eat non veg ,onion or garlic.Hence this dish is commonly served in temples and weddings.
The Goans love their non-vegetarian food, the average Goan cannot live without his “nuste” fish.But still,on days when the Goan people are strict vegetarian,dishes like Chana Cho Ras or moonga Gathi, batat kapa or Neer Phanas Fodi are made.
For this recipe sprouted moong are soaked again in Luke warm water for 2 hours,the sprouts skin peels off and then the moong is used to make Mooga Gathi.
Here goes the recipe…
1 cup Moong,sprouted and deskinned.
1/2 cup Coconut Milk.
1 tbsp Oil.
Salt to taste.
For the masala
1/2 cup grated Coconut.
2 tspn Dhana(corriander seeds)
2 tspn Red chilli powder.
1 tbsp Haldi powder.
1 tsp Black pepper powder.
1/2 tsp Tamarind Pulp.
Grind all the masala ingredients to a fine paste.keep aside.
Heat oil in a kadhai.Add moong and masala paste,add 1/4 cup water and salt.
Cover and cook till moong are cooked.
Now add coconut milk.Mix well.Cook for another minute.
Remove in a serving bowl and serve hot with steam rice.
Tip-Don’t boil the gravy after adding coconut milk.You can use fresh coconut milk or readymade coconut milk.This curry can be tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves to enhance the flavour.