Every child has a favourite food among his must eat list of foods decided by their mums. . When I was a child our lunch was a typical Gujarati thali. Everyday we would have roti, vegetables or spouts, dal or kadhi accompanied with salad and buttermilk. No negotiations in this menu cause mom believed that an Indian thali was a wholesome meal, dinner we could choose from whatever we felt like eating.
As we grew up our preferences of vegetables or sprouts was always a question for mom. Day before she would ask me, “what do you want for lunch..for the shaak ?( vegetables or sprouts), without a second to waste, immediately I would answer, ” magh” ( whole mong sprouts) , twice a week I would eat magh and if offered more for me anytime was magh time. Mom would make sure she had extra sprouts in the refrigerator cause I could request anytime.
After I got married most of the food at my hubby’s house I found to be really boring and not much thought put into food thus everything tasted the same, I never managed to get the mong spouts down my through, I always found then blend and lack of flavours.
So when we moved to Gujarat one day I told Mr. Missing home food “I am making magh for lunch would you have some? ” He refused, so I made something else for him, It was something else he liked eating at his parents place. I requested him to try as the ones made at home were cooked differently then the version he use to eat and they were yum. No interested..well I though more for me..
On the dinning table as we started having lunch all the food was put, Mr. I don’t care for Patel food, started eating, I took my roti and put the magh on my plate, the room got filled with its strong garlicky smell, hubby looks up into my plate, slowly takes some to taste, I continue eating…when i decided for the second helping ..all is gone, no sighs of magh..he liked them so much he ordered me to cook them at least 1 in a week…now when there is magh at lunch, I have to leave a bowl full of them for dinner as well for mr. Who is A fan of Patel food after 8 years of marriage…I guess that’s the magic of magh…
I wonder what will be my son’s favourite food from the things I decide he should eat…right now it’s cheese omelet, good choice! good dose of protein plus extremely easy and quick to cook…
Back to my favourite magh, this Patel style spouts are very easy to cook and a great accompaniment with roti, rice naan bread anything you feel like, this recipe has been passed on from generations in our family, we love it so much, I sometimes feel this taste runs in our blood, we can’t do without spicy magh, kadhi and roti.
( serves 4)
4 cups of sprouted mong
5-6 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
2 tsp of rai or mustard seeds
2 tsp of jeera or cumin seeds
1 tsp of asefoetida
2 tsp of turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp of coriander powder
1/2 tbsp of chilli powder
4-5 curry leaves
1 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste
In a non stick vessel heat the oil, add the asafoetida, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves, once the seeds splutter, add then mong sprouts and rest of the spices. Mix well. Add 1/2 cup of water. Cover the vessel and let it cook for 7-10 minutes till the spouts are cooked well and the water dries up.