Moth Curry (Matki Curry)

Moth Curry is very healthy and delicious Curry  popularly prepared  in North India. Moththat is used in this curry is called as King of Pulses in the north.  Here Ihave used This Moth or Matki  and prepared Moth Curry or Matki Curry  with a typical taste in  Karnataka style  which  can be served  with Ragi muddhe, chapathi, rotior steamed rice.

Moth Curry is a tasty and yummy Curry prepared  mianly using Moth that is packed with proteins and Moth is also claimed  to be higher in nutrients. Moth is cooked and then mixed with  coconut, onion and gar paste and then with few spices it is cooked nicely and served.

Prepare this Moth Curry in Karnataka  style and enjoy the taste of the Curry. Please like, share and comment the recipe and support me.

Preparation Time  – 15 minutes

Cooking time   – 10 minutes

Total time  –   25 minutes

Serves  –  3 to 4 people


  • 1/2  cup moth or matki
  • 1/2  cup grated fresh coconut
  • 12  onion shallots
  • 3 green chilly
  • 1/2  tsp ginger
  • 3 garlic pods
  • ½ to 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • Few curry leaves
  • Pinch of asafetida
  • 1 tbsp jaggery powder
  • 1 to 1 ½  tbsp. tamrind paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2  tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4  tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 byadagi red chilly
  • Water
moth beans used to  prepare moth curry.
moth beans

Method :-

Soak the moth in water for 10 to 12 hours in water  before preparing this curry.

Then wash the moth nicely in water and cook the moth in cooker adding 1/2  tsp turmeric powder, liitle salt and 1/ 2 tsp red chilly powder  and water till 3 to 4 whistles.

Allow the cooker to cool down completely.

In the mean time burn the whole onion as it on fire directly  applying the oil on onion.

Grind the coconut ,  burnt  onion,  garlic , green chilly , red chilly powder remaining , ginger to paste  adding little paste.

Open the lid of the cooker and strain out the stock and keep aside.

Place a kadai on the stove  with oil and heat ,then fry the curry leaves in the oil and keep aside to add in the end.

Add cumin seed , mustard seeds, red chilly and asafetida to the oil and allow them to splutter.

Then add  onion shallots  and roast them slightly till light pink.

Then add grinded paste and stir nicely for a minute nicely and put boiled moth and give a nice mix .

Pour the strained water or stock of the boiled moth on the paste according to your consistency and allow the curry to boil nicely once.

At this stage add sufficient salt, tamarind paste diluted in water and jaggery to the curry and give a nice stir.

Close the lid and allow the curry to boil nicely for 5 minutes  on low flame.

In the end  pour the Moth curry to the bowl and top it with fried curry leaves.

Serve the mouth watering  Moth curry along with Ragi Muddhe and Chapathi.

Moth curry served topped with fried curry leaves.
Moth Curry

Tips :-

  • You may prepare this curry using half horse gram and half moth instea of fully using moth.
  • You may serve this curry  with steamed rice also.
  • You may sprout this grams and prepare the curry for more healthier version.
  • You may add little soda while cooking the moth if you want softness in the gram.

Health Meter:-


  • Moth is filled with phosphorous, iron ,magnesium, folate.
  • Beautifies the skin.
  • Regulates the bowl movement.
  • Controls the sugar spikes.
  • Lowers blood pressure levels in the body.
  • Prevents anemia
  • Boosts immunity system.
  • Rich in  fiber so good for weight loss.
  • Good source of calcium.

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