Vegetarian Quati ko Jhol

Quati is a collection of various types of sprouted beans which is prepared on the day of Janai Purnima also known as Quati Purnima. It is considered be highly nutritious as it has the vitamins and minerals of various different types of beans (kidney beans, black-eyed beans, chickpeas, soya beans, mung beans, green beans, black beans and white beans). It is very common type of vegetable soup prepared and served specially on this particular day.
People of Kathmandu usually mix lamb meat with Quati while they cook, however, in Terai, it is prepared as a vegetarian dish and does not include any type of meat products. In this article, we have the recipe to prepare vegetarian Quati ko Jhol.


Ingredients:

2 cups mixed beans

½ tsp jwanu (thyme seeds)

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp curry powder

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp minced ginger

3 minced fresh red chilies

½ tsp turmeric

2 cups chopped onions

2 cups chopped tomatoes

2 cups chopped red bell pepper

4 cups broth or water

3 tbsp cooking oil

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro for garnish

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Procedure:

 

Soak the mixed beans on a large bowl overnight. Then, drain the water, wash the beans and cover the bowl leaving it in a warm place to allow sprouting which takes about two to three days depending on the desired length of the sprouts.

When the desired sprouts have occurred, the beans are ready to cook as a curry.


For cooking, heat oil in a sauce pan and fry jwanu, fennel seeds and mustard seeds until they turn light brown. Then, add three cups of sprouted beans and fry for about two minutes over medium heat. Now, add chopped onions, chili, curry powder, garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt and pepper and mix the spices thoroughly with the sprouted beans for about two minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and add water. Bring it to boil and let it simmer on low heat until the sprouts turn tender. When the desired consistency of the soup has been achieved, garnish it with chopped cilantro. Your vegetarian Quati ko Jhol ready to go with rice or even roti.