Madki (Matki) kalu

Sprouted lentils or bean sprouts are called Madaki or matki kaalu. It is also called usali or usal. The process of sprouting takes about 2-3 days. These days you find sprout makers in the grocery stores but I’ve never used that. The idea is to create an environment where germination takes place and the sprouts appear. There are two types of usali:

Type 1


Sprouted madki 1 cup, 1 table spoon soaked ground nut seeds, cut green chillis 2 or 1 tea spoon red chilli powder, 3-4 finely cut and pressed garlic cloves, 1 finely cut medium size onion, 1/2 tea spoon cumin powder, 1 tea spoon dhania powder, 1 table spoon vegetable oil  and cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric powder  and asaphoetida (hingu) for seasoning, jaggery and salt for taste. 


  • Heat oil in a vessel.
  • Add cumin, mustard seeds and after the mustard seeds crackle, add hingu and cut garlic to hot oil.
  • When garlic turns brown, transfer chopped onion, turmeric powder and green chilli pieces or red chilli powder and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now transfer the sprouted madki kalu, soaked ground nut seeds, salt  and jaggery, mix well, close the vessel  and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 table spoons of hot water and cook for one more minute if more gravy is desired.

Type 2


Sprouted matki 1 cup, 1 finely chopped medium sized onion, 1 tea spoon ginger garlic paste, 1/2 table spoon ground green chilli paste,1 table spoon garam masala, 1/2 cup grated fresh coconut, 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), 1 tea spoon lemon juice, 1 tea spoon sugar and salt to taste, 1 table spoon veg oil and cumin seeds for seasoning.


  • Heat oil in a vessel.
  • Add cumin seeds and chopped onion.
  • After 2 min, add ginger garlic paste and green chilli paste.
  • Cook for 2 min.
  • Add sprouted matki, garam masala, salt and sugar and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Now add grated coconut and mix well with a spoon.
  • Add 1 cup of hot water and lemon juice and cook for 5 minutes on low fire.
  • Garnish with coriander (cilantro).

Tips and Tricks 

You can get sprouted madaki in Indian grocery stores. So you can save the time to do it at home. To sprout it at home, soak matki overnight in water and tie in cheese cloth and place in warm place in a closed vessel for a day – i e 24 hours. Sprout makers too are available in market.

Typically Served With

Chapatis, Phulka or Rottis


One Response

  1. great blog, looking for such a traditiional dishes from moms hand, but you have shown some hope to prepare at home.

    one request pls also put some photos, which get attracted and those don’t know about north karnataka can know what dish seeing photo

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