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Moong Dal Curry

moong dal curry

Moong dal curry is an excellent choice as a side dish for roti and chapati. It can also be eaten with rice. This curry stands tall in relation to some of the other dal curries because moong or mung dal is said to have exceptional medicinal properties. If you want to make a nutritious side dish, without vegetables, except tomatoes, try the moong dal curry.

Food Fact moong_dal_curry_tip Mung bean is said to have anti-diabetic properties.1

The moong dal curry recipe does not need any special items, but only the ingredients you use in day-to-day cooking. Here is another point you will like about the mung dal recipe: this curry can be prepared quickly. A reason is the dal cooks fast.

From the digestion point too,  the moong dal curry stands among the first. The reason is, when compared to toor dal, this dal usually digests easily and does not produce gas.

Another ingredient in the moong dal curry recipe, which is  very beneficial for the health is turmeric.

Blog Post: What are the Benefits of Turmeric?

Here is a tip to make the moong dal curry tastier: Chop an onion into small pieces. Garnish small quantities of it on the portions of the curry when you are ready to serve or eat.

If you wish to relish the curry with rice, pour a teaspoon of home-made ghee on the rice and then mix it with the moong dal curry.

Ref: 1Antidiabetic Activity of Mung Bean Extracts in Diabetic KK-Ay Mice, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, pubs.acs.org

Servings:  3-4


Moong dal / mung dal / hesaru bele / pesara pappu / paasi paruppu 1/2 cup
2. Oil 1 tablespoon
3. Mustard 1/2 teaspoon
4. Jeera / cumin 1/2 teaspoon
5. Green chili 1
6. Ginger 1/2 teaspoon (chopped)
7. Garlic cloves 3-4 (chopped)

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8. Tomatoes 1-2

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9. Turmeric 1/4 teaspoon
10. Red chili powder 1 teaspoon or to taste
11. Dhania powder / coriander powder 1 teaspoon
12. Garam masala 1/4 teaspoon
13. Fresh coriander leaves (chopped)
14. Salt to taste

Moong Dal Curry Recipe

1. Chop the tomato(es) and chili. moong dal curry s1
2. Wash moong dal.

Add about 1-and-1/2 cup of water and pressure cook for one whistle or till the dal becomes just soft.

Keep aside.
moong dal curry s2

moong dal curry s2b

moong dal curry s2c
3. Heat oil in a utensil till the oil becomes hot. moong dal curry s3
4. Add mustard. moong dal curry s4
5. Add jeera when the mustard starts to splutter.

Fry till the jeera turns to golden brown.

moong dal curry s5
6. Add ginger and garlic.

Fry till the garlic becomes light golden brown.
moong dal curry s6
7. Add chili.

moong dal curry s7
8. Add tomato and a pinch of salt.

Fry till the tomato becomes soft.

moong dal curry s8
9. Add chili powder, turmeric and dhania powder.

Fry till the oil separates at the edges.
moong dal curry s9

moong dal curry s9b
10. Add mung and salt.


Bring to boil.

NOTE: If the mixture becomes too thick add a few tablespoon of water and mix.
moong dal curry s10
11. Add garam masala powder.


Bring to boil.

Simmer for a few minutes.
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moong dal curry s12
12. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Moong Dal curry / Mung Dal curry is ready.
moong dal curry final

TIPS Moong Dal Curry
1. For extra taste, add a few drops of lemon juice to the curry before you eat / serve.
2. If you want the moong dal curry to taste rich, use ghee, instead of oil, in Step 3.

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