Moong/Moong Beans is a commonly used legume in India. This is called Hesaru Kaalu in Kannada, Pesalu in Telugu, and Sabut Moong in Hindi.
It has numerous health benefits.
We use moong in different forms, often allowing them to sprout. Even without sprouting they can be used to make tasty and healthy dishes. However, they need to be soaked in water for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with moong, such as:-
Today's recipe is for Moong Curry which I have adapted from this YouTube video from Ambika Shetty's Kitchen.
We enjoyed this with hot rotis. Do try it and I am sure you will enjoy it too.
- Moong, 1 cup
- Byadgi Red Chillies, 6
- Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Coriander Seeds, 1 tsp
- Garlic Cloves, 7
- Onion, 1
- Coconut Gratings, 1/2 cup
- Tamarind, 2 " piece
- Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
- Water 2 cups + 1 and 1/2 cups
- Salt, to taste
- Oil, 1 tsp
- Coriander Leaves, 2 tbsp - for garnish
- Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Curry Leaves, a sprig
- Oil, 2 tsp
Wash and soak the moong in adequate water for 8 hours or over night
Chop the onion and coriander leaves
Heat 1 tsp of oil in a kadhai and roast Byadgi Red Chillies, then add cumin seeds and coriander seeds and roast them
To this add the garlic cloves and chopped onions and roast
Add the coconut gratings and roast till they turn a light brown
Remove on to a plate and allow it to cool
Once it cools, take the roasted ingredients to a small mixer jar
Add tamarind and turmeric powder and grind to a smooth paste adding the required amount of water
In the same kadhai add soaked moong along with 2 cups of water and a little salt
Cover and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes or till the moong gets cooked
Next add the freshly prepared ground paste, salt to taste and as much water as required to get the curry like consistency (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
Mix well and bring to a boil
Lower the flame and let it simmer for 5 minutes
Heat oil in a small seasoning pan and on medium heat add the mustard seeds
When they splutter add the curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds
Add this seasoning to the Moong Curry
Switch off the gas and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves
Transfer to serving bowl
Serve hot with rice, chapati etc.
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