This is one of my favorite dish, its easy to prepare and also nutritious. Usli is nothing but a simple stir fry with few ingredients and they are so tasty. They can be eaten as a snack or even served as a side dish. Usli can be prepared using any kind of legumes that includes beans, peas, lentils and are very versatile to cook. Be it soups, stir fries or curries they taste yum. Legumes are low in fat and high in protein, iron and magnesium and they are low in cholesterol and can be a healthy substitute for vegetarians. I like mine a little sweet so I add brown sugar/jaggery, a little hint of sweetness makes it even more tasty.
1 cup chickpeas/kabuli chana soaked overnight Or use canned ones.(you can use any kind f legumes)
½ tsp mustard seeds
4 to 5 curry leaves
2 green chillies slit
1 red chilli
¼ tsp asafoetida powder
1 tbsp coconut gratings
1 tbsp cooking oil
Salt to taste
1 tsp brown sugar/jaggery(optional)
1.Wash the chick peas and pressure cook them for about 7 to 8 whistles until they are cooked, drain the water. You can use canned ones too, if using canned ones drain the water and rinse in running water for about a minute.
2.Heat oil in a pan/kadai, when hot add mustard seeds. When they start to splutter add curry leaves, green chillies and red chilli and fry on a medium flame for about a minute.
3.Add the cooked chana/chickpeas and the coconut gratings and mix well. Add little bit of water(less than ½ cup), salt and brown sugar/jaggery and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
4.Add asafoetida and mix well, cover and let it stand for about a minute or two. Turn off the heat.
5.Serve as a side dish or just a snack.