Usal with Gravy

Usal Served with Chapatti and Sev

Usal Served with Chapatti and Sev


Usal is a sprout based fiery dish. It can be dry or made with gravy. Amazingly flavorful, one can have it with Poha, Chapattis, Rice or Pooris.

One of the best things to eat in Indore is ‘Usal Pohe’ and it has been a long time since I had it ….so when my husband kept on mentioning how he enjoyed Usal Poha on one of his recent trips to Indore…I ended up craving for ‘usal’ No worries, there is always a work around- I tried making it at home- with gravy. We enjoyed it with Chapattis this time & next time it is going to be Usal Poha!

Easy and quick to make, here is what it takes-


Sprouts: 250 ms

Cottage Cheese- 150 gms- cut into cubes

2-3 medium sized onions finely chopped

2 tomatoes finely chopped.

Ginger Garlic paste- 2 tsp

Coriander Seeds- 3 tsp- Crushed

Chili powder- as per taste, though this dish can use more of it

Garam Masala- 1.5 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil- 2 Tbsp (This dish uses more oil- you can use lesser if you prefer that)

Cumin seeds (Zeera) 1 tsp

Chopped Coriander


Pressure cook the sprout beans until cooked (3 whistles approx.)

In a sauce pan, add oil, add the cumin seeds, once they splutter, add the onions, fry them until they turn transparent and now add the ginger garlic paste. Fry on slow for 5-10 minutes until the onions are golden brown. Now add the finely chopped tomatoes and the spices. Fry for another 7-8 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked not add the steamed sprouts with the broth/stock and additional water for gravy. Add the Paneer cubes.

Let this simmer for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve with hot Chapattis or Poori or Poha! If you have sev at home, Usal and sev go very well together.