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White Peas Coconut Curry (

Mangalore    August   27:

When we were kids, I used to love going to Satyanarayana poojas. The simple reason being the amazing aura of sublime taste of Vataana Usal which was served as the prasad. I was scratching my head on the dinner menu. Mom suggested this recipe. I could not believe, the taste was exactly the same as what we used to have at Poojas in Goa. One of my Goan aunties taught my mother and she is an expert now is making this Usal.

Recipe Source: Mom
Serves: 4 individuals

White peas (White Vataana) - 1 cup
Grated coconut ( or coconut powder) - 1/2 cup
Cumin powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/10 teaspoon
Salt - as per taste
Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
Water - for curry consistency

Pre-soak Vataana in water for 5-6 hours post washing them. Boil in a pressure cooker for 1/2 hour and mash them gently once or twice.
In a saucepan, add the mashed peas and rest of the ingredients. Bring to a semi-running curry consistency. I used coconut powder instead of coconut (grated), the taste is the same. Serve hot with Chapathis.

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