Sunday 10 November 2013

Moong Beans ( green lentils) cooked Gujarati style

 Moong Beans are a super food, they are low in calories and very nutritious. They are high in proteins, minerals, fibre and vitamins. They are also high in antioxidants which can help to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, certain types of cancers and diabetes.
They can be eaten boiled, cooked in soups and curries and also sprouted in salads like in this red camargue rice and sprouted moong bean salad and this boiled moong bean salad and curries too.

Yield: Serves 4
Gujarati Style Moong

 Moong Beans cooked Gujarati Style

Moong beans (green lentils) cooked with onions, ginger and garlic . Flavoured with aromatic spices in a rich gravy. Full of protein and very healthy.
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 45 MTotal time: 60 M


  • 240 g / 8 oz dried moong beans
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • 1 red dried chilli
  • 2 pieces cinnamon
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger paste
  • 1 /2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon oil.
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons passata (blended tomatoes)
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • Some fresh ginger slices and chopped tomato for garnish.


  1. Wash and soak the moong beans the night before.
  2. In the morning, drain the beans and put in fresh water and  boil the moong beans and cook until tender. Takes about 30 minutes.
  3. In a pan heat the oil, when hot add the mustard seeds, red dried chilli, cloves, cinnamon and curry leaves.
  4. Add minced garlic and onions and saute till onions are translucent, add the ginger paste and tomato passata and the chopped tomatoes.
  5. Cook till tomato softens, then add salt, chilli powder, turmeric, lemon juice and the finely chopped green chillies.
  6. Add boiled moong beans and extra water if necessary to make a thick soup consistency.
  7. Bring to boil stirring occasionally.
  8. Simmer for 5 more minutes and then transfer into serving dish.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander, some slices of ginger and fresh chopped tomato.
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Serve with plain boiled rice or rotis.


  1. Gujarati dal looks awesome treat :) Thanks for sharing

  2. Looks and sounds delicious and so comforting in this chilly weather.

  3. very delicious moong beans dal :)

  4. Never made a spice savoury mung bean soup before, but only the sweet version...
    tempting to try!

  5. I love moong beans (or mung beans). They have to be my favourite. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. Looks divine! I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks ;) Perfect comfort food! xx

  7. Another lovely recipe idea thank you!

  8. I am attempting this on Monday!

  9. Lentils with ginger and curry sounds delicious - I love lentils but I've never paired them with ginger before...

  10. Yum that looks amazing!

  11. Moong beans are my all time favourite lentil. They are perfect with parathas and rice.

  12. Never heard of Moong-Moong beans, looks really nice though.

  13. Even the Sindhi recipe of Moong dal is almost the same.. Only we don't add mustard seeds and cinnamon.

  14. Looks very delicious and healthy too...

  15. I was tidying out the cupboard and came across a bag of green lentils and was pondering what to do with them. Problem solved!

  16. Love dishes like this, looks so tasty!


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