Sev Usal


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One of Gujarat’s favourite street foods, the Sev Usal is an unimaginably scrumptious treat, with a mind-boggling array of textures and a vibrant burst of flavours – every aspect of it justifies its timeless popularity!

Boiled vatana is cooked with a tongue-tickling curry, made of tangy tomatoes, crunchy onions and peppy spice powders. This ragda is then topped with juicy grated veggies and crispy sev, to make the Sev Usal, which is enjoyed with soft laddi pav.

A filling and tasty treat, this is on everyone’s must-try list. Have a go at other popular street foods like the Dahi Ragda Chaat or Stuffed Ragda Patties

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Sev Usal recipe - How to make Sev Usal

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

For The Ragda
2 cups soaked safed vatana (dried white peas) or
salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tsp lemon juice

For The Topping
2 tsp garlic chutney
4 tsp green chutney
8 tsp sweet chutney
4 tbsp boiled and chopped potatoes
4 tbsp finely chopped onions
2 tbsp grated carrot
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
4 tbsp sev

For Serving
ladi ladi pav
Method
For the ragda

    For the ragda
  1. Combine the vatana, little salt and enough water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Drain and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the mustard seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and ½ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the cooked vatana, coriander, lemon juice and ½ cup water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Put 1/4th portion of ragda in a serving bowl and top it with ½ tsp of garlic chutney, 1 tsp of green chutney, 2 tsp of sweet chutney evenly over it.
  2. Put 1 tbsp of potatoes, 1 tbsp of onions, ½ tbsp of carrot, ½ tbsp of coriander and 1 tbsp of sev evenly over it.
  3. Repeat steps 1 to 2 to make 3 more servings.
  4. Serve immediately.

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Recipe notes for Sev Usal

  1. The ragda must have a thick flowy consistency and it should not be watery at all. You can prepare ragda in advance and heat it again at the time of serving.
  2. Prepare the chutneys ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator. Find the detailed recipe for all the chutneys here :

For the ragda

  1. To prepare ragda for sev usal, wash the white peas very well.
  2. Submerge 1 cup of dried white peas in enough water. You can make use of green peas alternatively. Cover them with a lid and soak them overnight. 
  3. After soaking, the peas will look like this.
  4. For preparing the ragda, drain the peas using a strainer and discard the water.
  5. Put the soaked and drained peas in a pressure cooker.
  6. Add approximately 3 cups of water
  7. Pressure cook for 3 whistles or until the peas are soft. It is very important for the peas to be soft for the sev usal recipe to ensure it is properly enjoyed by all.
  8. Allow all the steam to escape before opening the lid. This is called the natural release method and is done by removing the pressure cooker from the hot burner and let the pressure drop by cooling down naturally.
  9. Drain and keep aside.
  10. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan.
  11. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds.
  12. Add asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  13. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  14. Add the tomatoes. Alternatively, you can even use tomato puree.
  15. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  16. Add chilli powder. The quantity can be adjusted as per the spice you can handle.
  17. Add turmeric powder.
  18. Add coriander powder.
  19. Add salt and ½ cup of water.
  20. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  21. Add the cooked vatana.
  22. Add coriander.
  23. Add lemon juice for a nice tangy hint.
  24. Add ½ cup water. Add more or less as per the consistency you would like.
  25. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.
  26. Our ragda is ready to prepare sev usal. You can even use this ragda to make ragda samosa, ragda pani puri or ragda pattice.

How to make Sev Usal

  1. To assemble sev usal, put 1/4th portion of ragda in a serving bowl.
  2. Top it with ½ tsp of garlic chutney.
  3. Drizzle 1 tsp of green chutney.
  4. Also, drizzle 2 tsp of sweet chutney evenly over it. The quantity of all the chutneys can be adjusted to suit your taste buds.
  5. Put 1 tbsp of potatoes.
  6. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of onions. They add a nice bite to the sev usal.
  7. Sprinkle ½ tbsp of carrot. You can also sprinkle grated beetroot if you like.
  8. Sprinkle ½ tbsp of coriander.
  9. Finally, sprinkle 1 tbsp of sev evenly over sev usal.
  10. Repeat steps 1 to 9 and make 3 more servings of sev usal. Serve the sev usal immediately. You can relish the Vadodara special sev usal with pav, onion and lemon slices.

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy238 cal
Protein10.3 g
Carbohydrates31.7 g
Fiber3.9 g
Fat7.9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium20.6 mg
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Reviews

Sev Usal
5
 on 24 Jul 19 11:26 AM


I tried this recipe it was so good, to attract my child to eat this I added pomegranate seeds
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Tarla Dalal    Priyanka, thanks for the feedback and good to see you innovate. Happy cooking.
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24 Jul 19 11:56 AM
Sev Usal
5
 on 15 Apr 19 03:54 PM


Superb!!
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Shifa, Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy to know you enjoyed the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
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16 Apr 19 05:55 PM
Sev Usal
5
 on 18 May 18 06:16 PM


We all have eaten Ragda patties, aloo tikki chaat but, I didn''t know of sev usual. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe from the streets of Gujarat. So unique and flavorsome.