Moth Sprout Beans Curry

Posted: July 22, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dal/Lentils soup, Dinner, Indian Food
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Moth sprout beans curry was very often made in our home.The one thing I like about this sabzi does not need any special ingredients.Once you plan the sprouting routine in advance it’s a easiest meal to put together, so it’s perfect  for those days when you don’t feel like having any veggies. I have adapted my mom’s recipe here which is super simple and extremely delicious. Mom used to make this sabzi with different sprouted beans like green moong beans, white and green dried-sprouted peas and whatever she can think of… 🙂 . Really you can use any kind of sprouted beans or combination of all. It’s all up to you to make it delicious and healthy at the same time.

Mom makes one drier version and one with plenty of gravy. Usually she serves the drier version  for sunday breakfast with jam, butter and bread. It is healthy, full of protein and has a high nutritional value. I like both the version. Gravy one is served hot with roti for lunch or dinner. It is really hard to believe that sometimes some simple dishes are so delicious and addictive that you can’t stop eating it. Whenever mom makes this and if I am at home I will start tasting this one bowl at time. Make this for yourself and enjoy a hearty bowl of healthy bliss dinner!


  • 2 cups matki or moth beans,  sprouted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1-inch ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 potato, diced
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoon fresh grated coconut
  • handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Salt to taste


  • To sprout, soak the moth/matki beans overnight in plenty of water. Next day, drain the water, rinse the beans and keep all the beans in a clean cotton cloth and tie the cloth lightly. Keep it in warm place under a basket or any heavy dish. Don’t let the cloth dry, spray water to supply moisture necessary for sprout growth. Usually within a day, you will see nice, long sprouts appears. Before using this for sabzi wash sprouts thoroughly through running water.
  • Grind together sesame seeds and half of the chopped onions to a fine paste.
  • Heat the oil in a pressure cooker or in any large sauce pan with a lid. Add cumin seeds and dried red chillies and wait for them to get lightly brown.
  • Add chopped onions, crushed ginger-garlic, green chillies, onion-sesame paste and cook until onions are translucent.
  • Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste and cook covered until the oil separates.
  • Add the potatoes and cook covered for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the sprouted  moth/matki beans and cook covered until the beans are tender but not mushy about 20-25 minutes or so.
  • Add the grated coconut and cook for another 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves, some onions and lemon.
  • Serve piping hot and enjoy  this with roti.

  1. DXB Cookie says:

    Wow! This looks yammie! I just made sprouted beans salad as per one of your recipes with Garam masala dressing. It was very tasty – and noting down for tomorrow this recipe too 😉

  2. hi suman, this is a vey unique combination of ingredients.
    i am certain its very flavorful and add a certain ummph to the taste buds with the moth bean sprouts and fresh coconut garnishings

  3. Manju says:

    sprouts somehow always equate to salads in my mind. I should try putting them in curries too. Great recipe with the sprouts well incorporated in there 🙂

  4. Joyti says:

    I’ve never heard of moth sprouts (they look a bit like mung beans – are they similar?). But the dish sounds delicious!

  5. Superb and I love your pictures as always tempting and perfectly focussed 🙂

  6. MaryMoh says:

    This is interesting. Never thought of sprouts in curry. It looks very healthy and delicious. Thanks very much for sharing. I love curry. I will have a big bowl with rice…mmm

  7. Juliana says:

    Wow, this look fabulous…although have to confess that never sprouted any beans, but know that the sprouts are more nutritious than the beans. Beautiful pictures!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Suman 🙂

  8. I love moth and your dish is spectacular. I can only imagine the flavor of the beans with the spices with the natural sweetness of the moth beans coming through. Lovely Suman!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  9. Tanvi says:

    Never ate or tried sprouts curry but I m sure this is so delish & healthy! Thanks for sharing!

  10. curry looks good and very appealing !

  11. incidentalcooksuman says:

    Hi Anne, thanks for ur comment.. 🙂 ..Regarding the question, if you cannot find matki beans, try using some other beans like moong(green colored beans), red chori beans(reddish-brown colored beans) or even a combination of different beans but it has to be sprouted. Hopefully it will turn out perfect and delicious for you!

    • Anne says:

      Thanks! Will give it a try soon (probably with moong beans – I can get those here), and will let you know how it turns out.

      • Anne says:

        Hi Suman – this weekend I tried the recipe with moong beans, worked really well (let it sprout for two days)! We had it with a bit of self-made damson jam as a chutney, delicious! Thanks again for the recipe.

      • incidentalcooksuman says:

        Hi Anne, thanks for trying out the recipe and letting me know..:)! I’m happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed it!

  12. Anne says:

    Suman – love this blog, all dishes look really delicious! I am eager to try some out. Actually, just got all the ingredients together for Paneer Makhanwala. Hope my son will like it (he’s rather picky and seems to be pre-determined to only like what my husband cooks)…

    One question about the Moth Sprout Beans Curry – very curious about this one, and would love to try it out. However, since I live in the Netherlands, I seem to have a problem to get the moth beans even at the speciality store where I get all the “not-so European” ingredients. Could I supplement this with some other kind of beans? Would mung beans work (or am I completely off now)? Happy to get suggestions – thanks!

  13. Wow this is so healthy and delicious …v lovely curry suman …lovely recipe of the pizza as well:)

  14. kankana says:

    i usually eat these raw .. with some spice mix and red onions. This looks very interesting and could be a perfect in a lunch menu.

  15. Curry looks so tempting.I am on my way to sock some moth to sprout to try this yummy dish.

  16. Sadhana says:

    Very healthy and delicious dish.

  17. Healthy and delicious…sprouts look very good.

  18. daksha says:

    I like Sprout moth and here u make curry, it’s looks yummm… some time my mother in law make moth curry but ur one is looks nice, try some time. Thanks for sharing this.

  19. Plateful says:

    Sprouted beans are super-duper healthy. I too make it once in a while, but yours look much tastier than mine. Tempting clicks, as usual!

  20. Simply Life says:

    I’ve never had this – sounds good!

  21. This must be the most healthiest curry … sprouts are so full of proteins they look yum!

  22. deeksha says:

    Sprout beans curry sounds healthy and yummy.

  23. Biny Anoop says:

    superb dear and the clicks are awesome

  24. delicious looking flavourful curry

  25. purabinaha says:

    I really liked your matki dish very much! Lovely colour and flavour and a perfect recipe. What a choice of ingredients! Do visit my blog sometime too!

  26. This looks like a tasty curry. I’ll have to try it with the sprouts and mung beans!

  27. Sobha Shyam says:

    very delicious and healthy curry dear..

  28. Deepa says:

    Beans curry looks wonderfully prepared and perfect. Great dish.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  29. Vimitha says:

    Healthy and yummy side dish for chapathis dear…

  30. Very healthy and delicious curry….Thanks for clearing the doubt about pizza dough.

  31. aipi says:

    Looks super delectable n healthy at the same time ~ very nice recipe n nicely taken pics too 🙂
    US Masala

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