Category Archives: Maharashtrian.

Kuskara (Leftover Chapati Snack)


Trust me this is THE Snack . It tastes delicious , its not a snack for me, on purpose I prepare extra chapatis, then our lunch/dinner is only kuskara. Now the question is  why we use only leftover chapati, only one reason its hard to crush fresh chapati :). You can also use morning chapatis at night. Once I remember I saw chapati packet in Indian grocery store some 9- 10 chapati in one packet, I took that , Sam gave strange look but dint ask any question( Chapati from outside- Noway , I love fresh and soft phulkas). Next day for lunch I prepared kuskara and told him for this I brought that chapati packet :). It really came out well. Once I tried with whole wheat tortillas, it came out nice for me. Now there are so many options for kuskara. Just try this wonderful snack and let me know if you like it.



Leftover chapatis – 3-4

Onion -1 small (chopped)

Green chillies chopped– 3-4

Oil – 2 Table spoon

Asafoetida – a pinch

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon.

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon.

Green peas – one handful.

Coriander leaves chopped

Curry leaves – 4-5

Lemon juice – 1 tea spoon. ( or Grated Raw Mango if available)

Sugar – ½ tea spoon

Salt to taste.


Crush the chapatis with hand or Grind the chapatis coarsely in a chopper or mixer.

Crushed chapati

Heat oil in pan, add mustard seeds.

After seeds split, add asafoetida and turmeric powder.Keep the flame on medium low.

Then add green chilies,curry leaves.

Now add onions and saute it till it becomes transparent, add peas and  mix well.

saute saute

saute saute

Then add chapatis,salt sugar mix thoroughly, cover it for 2 minutes. Open the lid and stir, again cover a 2 minutes. Add lemon juice or grated raw mango and mix well.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Serving suggestions –

Serve with curd.

For kids add milk and serve.


If you have only 1-2 chapatis feel free to add leftover rice or crushed bread and make kuskara 🙂 ..




Filed under Maharashtrian., Snacks

Muth usal ( Turkish beans curry )

Muth ki UsalAs I said earlier I just love sprouts , muth usal is my favorite usal. I really want to thank mayura and kaku ( her mother-in-law) for this recipe. Once mayura invited me for lunch and she prepared muth usal, I was just so happy that day one reason was she invited me for lunch, I had maharashtrian food with her and second reason was muth usal … I took two servings … Then she told me kaku makes the best muth usal and once before leaving for  India she prepared extra usal which they kept in the freezer and these guys then enjoyed that for longer time. I was eagerly waiting for kaku to come to USA again. When she came here she taught me over phone to make usal. Her way of explanation and tips were amazing .. I prepared usal first time with mung , I loved it .Then with muth and now most of the time with muth .. 🙂

Its really good to have muth usal with phulka, chapati or plain paratha , but believe me you can also make a wonderful snack with it.We call it misal.  Top it with curd , lemon juice , chopped onion , chopped tomato , sev and chopped coriander. If you have tamarind chutney and mint chutney add that too.


* 1 1/2 Cups sprouted muth.

* 2 Tablespoons oil ( sesame oil ).

* Pinch of asafoetida .

* Pinch of turmeric.

* 1 Teaspoon red chili powder ( or according to your taste) .

* 1/2 – 1 Teaspoon  jaggery or sugar .

*1 Tablespoon  shredded coconut ( optional).

Salt according to your taste .

Water 1 1/2  cups .


Heat oil , add mustard seeds and asafoetida( hing) . After tempering add sprouted beans mix it well and cover the pan for 2 mins. Uncover it let all the steam out , and again repeat this procedure for 2- 3 times. Keep warm water ready. Add turmeric, salt, red chili powder and mix everything well, add water and let it cook till the water is completly soaked. Check if the beans are cooked, you can add more water if you want. At last add jaggery and shredded coconut cook for a minute. Garnish with  chopped coriander and serve.


Filed under Healthy choice :), Maharashtrian., roz ka khana