Moong Dal Curry

25 Apr

This is one recipe I craved for when I was pregnant, which we ate occasionally when we went to the Tea Stalls in Goa. The tiny Tea Stalls are popular in the villages(suburbs) and the college campus. The smell of freshly chopped coriander(cilantro) in the piping hot moong dal curry and hot pao(bread) is irresistible.

Moong dalย  or Mung Beans is getting popular and can be used for both savory and sweet Indian recipes. Goan’s do use moong dal a lot in sprouted moong salads,curries and desserts.

For this recipe you have to soak the moong dal overnight so it can cook faster. Take 1 1/2 cup ofย  moong dal, wash and soak it in 6 to 8 cups of water overnight. Add 1 tbsp of salt to the water. This is what it looks like the next day.


Overnight soaked Moong Dal



1 medium onion chopped fine

2 tbsp of Xacuti Masala

Soaked Moong Dal about 3 to 4 cups

3 cups of water

Salt to taste


Ingredients for Indian Moong Dal Curry Recipe


Directions :

  • Heat oil in a pot, saute the onions till translucent. Add the xacuti masala and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add the soaked moong dal, water and salt to taste.
  • Cook covered on medium heat for 30 minutes by checking and stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 bunch of finely chopped cilantro once’s done.
  • Serve with rice, bread or chapati.

Moong Dal Curry Recipe with a side of Goan Fish Pickle



38 Responses to “Moong Dal Curry”

  1. trouves April 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    yum, thanks I just pinned this recipe!

    • Nandini April 26, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      Thank you Trouves, appreciate it much :-).

  2. Corina April 26, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    I sprouted some moong dal ages ago and put it in a salad. It was really lovely to have homemade beansprouts. I still have the rest of the packet of moong dal in the cupboards and I love the idea of this and the fact that I would only need to start preparing them the day before.

    • Nandini April 26, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Yes Corina, the only prep work is the soaking overnight. and if you drain out the water and cover it with wet paper towel for another day you will have them fully sprouted that you can use for salads.

      • Corina April 27, 2014 at 1:35 am #

        I love them in salads and I’m going to have to sprout them again too.

  3. Jayeeta May 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

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    • Nandini May 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

      Thank you Jayeeta for the nomination. That’s really kind of you :-).

  4. broccola May 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Wow, quick and easy… and I love moong dhal. I will be definitely making this! Thanks for the recipe (and for stopping by my blog)… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nandini May 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      You are welcome Broccola :-). I love all things pastas only challenge is watching my waist ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Chitra Jagadish June 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    You have an awesome blog and I really appreciate and like to thank you for following my blog.
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    • Nandini June 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Thank You so much Chitra :-). I am truly honored.

      • Chitra Jagadish June 20, 2014 at 12:55 am #

        You have been amazing Nandini and been supporting for every recipe with your likes and feedback.

        • Nandini June 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

          You are so welcome Chrita :-). Thank you for your kinds words.

  6. 50djohnson August 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    I need to take an Indian cuisine cooking class as I’ve never used many of these foods. I’ve acquired a taste for curry when we went to Hawaii. Now I use it quite a bit!! This sounds so good. I wrote a Southern recipe cookbook that covered 4 generations but I don’t even know where to start. Everything sounds so good. I love veggies. Where would you start if you were me?

    • Nandini August 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

      Wow a recipe book….that is an awesome accomplishment Debbie :-). You got me scratching my head as to what to recommend :-). A good start would be the less complicated, least ingredient recipes and then move to the more complex. Since I am not a very patience person I cook quick alternatives to the traditional Indian food version. A good Dal Recipe would be a good start I think ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope this helps.

      • 50djohnson August 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

        We have a couple of Dal recipes in the Trim Down club recipes online, but I haven’t tried them yet. But I think I will now! Thanks. Have you ever tried curry in quinoa with coconut flakes and shredded carrots, dried cranberries, and sautรฉed onions. Put it in a 8×8 oven and put your meat of choice on top. Just get it hot and the meat cooked. Yummy!! I’m loving curry!!

        • Nandini August 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

          I haven’t tried it but surely sounds yum :-). Will give it a try when I make quinoa next time. I usually make Pulao Quinoa. Since quinoa is an acquired taste to rice eaters like me ๐Ÿ™‚ Tc

          • 50djohnson August 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

            I love rice also but I’ve switched to brown rice , sprouted whole grains , grass fed stuff, Healthy healthy!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I do love quinoa though. It freezes beautifully!

  7. mariposaoro September 17, 2014 at 5:35 am #

    I’ve got to try this!! Looks simple yet tasty!! I’m following the blog now, look forward to seeing more recipes!! Greetings from London!

    • Nandini September 17, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      Thank you Mariposaora, appreciate it much ๐Ÿ™‚

      • mariposaoro September 17, 2014 at 11:56 am #

        You’re welcome Nandini!! I like Indian vegetarian food and often cook vegetarian food, predominantly during Lent.. I’m sure as a Goan you understand that. I also am a fan of curries/dishes with coconut milk and flesh. .. I will look out for more recipes featuring coconut..

        • Nandini September 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

          Yes, Lent is a time for sacrifices. It is nice to know you love Indian foods ๐Ÿ™‚

          • mariposaoro September 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

            Yay! What state do you live in in America?

            • Nandini September 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

              I am in California

              • mariposaoro September 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

                Cool.. I have a family member there.. In North Hollywood.. I take it that its hard to find Indian products there? I understand that some states haven’t really taken to Curry..

                • Nandini September 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

                  Yes curry is a new phase just catching on unlike UK where it’s fish n chips and curry ๐Ÿ™‚

          • mariposaoro September 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

            Cool.. I haven’t tried all Indian food.. But you have left a legacy in the Caribbean and South America where we have Colombo and Curried

            • Nandini September 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

              So true, I do know that there is an Indian influence in the Caribbeans. Do you make Jerk Chicken ๐Ÿ™‚

              • mariposaoro September 18, 2014 at 12:32 am #

                Yep!! There is a recipe on my site…

          • mariposaoro September 17, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

            -Curried Goat.. I have this recipe on my site..
            Also if you have time have a look at Its a friend of mines site which is a poetry, discussions and stories.. The site is fairly new but have a look at what’s there and feel free to comment!

            • Nandini September 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

              I sure will check it out :-). Thanks for letting me know.

  8. swabby429 March 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    Indeed, this is delicious. I enjoyed some of this thanks to my hosts in Panvel.

    • Nandini March 28, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

      That is so good to know ๐Ÿ™‚


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