Whole green moong dal recipe – green gram curry recipe – dal recipes

Whole green moong dal is a very easy to make dal made with green moong, onion-tomato and Indian spices.  This curry is also very healthy due to high protein content in the green moong.  This moong dal recipe requires very basic ingredients which are available easily at home.  Dals or pulses are a great source of protein and they are a  nice way of including  protein in our vegetarian diet.

Other dal recipes :

Dal fry

Dal makhani

Gujarati dal

Yellow moong dal fry


Prep Time : 20 mins

Cooking Time : 15 mins

Yield : 3-4 persons

North Indian cuisine


Whole green moong – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1 (chopped finely)

Tomato – 1 (chopped finely)

Cooking oil/ghee – 2 tablespoons

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds/jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chillies – 2 (chopped finely)

Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder/haldi – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala – 1/4 teaspoon

Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tablespoons

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons

Salt to taste


Wash the whole green moong in running water till the water runs clear.  Soak in enough water for about 2 hours.  Drain the water and add 2  cups of fresh water and turmeric powder to the green moong.  Pressure cook the green moong for upto 3 whistles.  Once the pressure cools down, slightly mash the cooked moong and keep it aside.

Heat ghee or oil in a pan.  Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.  Then add cumin seeds and saute till light brown in colour.  Add chopped onions  and stir fry till the onions become translucent.  Then add green chillies and ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell of the ginger-garlic goes away.

Add chopped tomatoes and saute till they become soft.  Then add coriander powder, red chilli powder and garam masala.  Stir well all the ingredients. Cook on a low flame for 2 minutes.  Add very little water , if required, so that the masalas does not get burnt.

Then add the cooked moong and 1 cup of water.  Add salt and mix well again.  Simmer on a low flame for 4-5 minutes.  Adjust the consistency of the dal by adding more or little water as per your preference.  Switch off the flame.

Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves and mix well.

Whole green moong dal is ready to be served.  Serve this green gram curry with steamed rice or as a side dish for rotis.




You can also add sprouted moong for this dal recipe.

Do not skip lemon juice as it gives a good tangy taste to the dal.

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