Friday, September 23, 2011

Whole moong dhal curry/Moong dhal

  Vegetarians rely highly on lentils and legumes for their protein needs. When soaked overnight, several beneficial nutrients and enzymes gets activated. This recipe was well received by my kids and I am happy to share it with you today.


1 cup of whole moong beans/ pacchai payiru
1 chopped onion
1/4 tsp of turmeric 
1 tsp of red chilly powder(~ spice level)
3-4 crushed cloves of garlic
2 dried red chilly 
pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp of cumin seeds 
1 stick of cinnamon 
1 star anise
2 cloves
1 tbsp of  butter
1/2 tbsp of oil
salt as required


1. Soak moong beans overnight. 
2. Add cumin seeds, star anise, cloves, cinnamon  to the preheated oil in the pan 
3. Saute onion, garlic, red chillies and pinch of asafoetida. 
4. Add salt,turmeric, red chilly powder to the pan and saute for 2 minutes. Add the soaked dhal and pressure cook them. 
5. Add the butter and serve with rice/ roti.

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