Whole Mung Beans Curry / Mung Beans Curry

After a break I am back to blogging and this month is going to be special.My blog baby turned 6 this month and I am participating in  mega marathon of Blogging Marathon edition.

Some of you may know,a group of bloggers participate in a monthly event Blogging Marathon.From 2013 on wards we do participate in 2 mega marathon events happening in the month of April and September.
In this special edition,bloggers who are participating,post the recipes for whole month(26 days) with Sundays off with the themes given.

For this mega marathon the theme given is Protein rich Dishes with no sub themes.The sub themes are personal preference and I chose to share each week with different set of ingredients.

For this week I am sharing the recipes made with Legumes and Lentils.Legumes and lentils are high source of vegetarian protein.

Coming to day 1 of protein rich dishes with lentils and legumes is a curry made with whole mung beans.I have limited the use of spices,so that my kids can enjoy with no complaints.

This curry is simply comforting and delicious to eat as such like a soup or with rice and roti.
I paired it with basmathi rice along with some papads for kids and I had a bowl of this curry along with some fruits.

                                      Whole Mung Beans Curry/Mung Beans Curry

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
   Serves ~ 3-4


Whole mung beans/Pachai Payiru
1 cups
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
Onion(finely chopped)
2 tbs
Garlic(finely chopped)
3-4 cloves
Curry leaves /karivepillai
few leaves
Coriander leaves/kothamalli
as needed(finely chopped)
to taste
3 tsp

 Saute and grind to a fine paste

Onion(roughly chopped)
1 (medium size)
Tomato(roughly chopped)
1 (medium size)
Red chilly/varamilagai
Coriander seeds/dhaniya
1 tbs
1-2 tbs
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1 tsp

  For the Tempering

Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1/2 tsp
a pinch
Red chilly/varamilagai
  • Wash and cook the whole mung beans with enough water along with a pinch of salt in a pressure cooker until soft (not mushy,it should hold the shape).
  •  Meanwhile in a pan heat a tsp of oil,crackle the cumin seeds and add the red chilly,coriander seeds.Fry it for 30 seconds.Now add in the onion and saute it till transparent.Then goes in tomato and grated coconut.
  • Saute it until the tomato is mushy.Put off the flame,after cooling take the mixture in a blender jar and grind it to a smooth paste.
  • Add the ground paste to the cooked mung beans and turn on the flame.Add around a cup of water and let it cook.Meanwhile in a pan take the remaining oil and crackle the cumin seeds,add in the red chilly and asfoetida.Ti this add the finely chopped onion,garlic and curry leaves.
  • Saute it for a minute and put off the flame.Add it to the boiling mung beans, add in some chopped coriander leaves and mix it well.Put off the flame.
  •  Serve it  with roti or rice.

  • A tsp of ghee can also be added along with the oil while tempering.
  • Here I didn't soak the beans but with extra few whistles,it cooked very well.
  • If you are using the soaked beans then cook it for one whistle in the pressure cooker.
  • Consistency can be adjusted with water.



Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 80


Moong dal is a regular at my place but I have never used coconut or curry leaves in it. Your version looks inviting. Love your theme lentils and legumes, it's a good one to start with.

Congrats on the anniversary Nalini, its good to have you back and drooling over your beautiful pictures!..wow the curry looks awesome..

Congrats on the blog Anniversary !
Beautiful vibrant clicks ! The lentil bowl looks super inviting , and the recipe is excellent too . Bookmarking .

Lovely clicks.. So inviting.. Mung beans curry is my fav ,was looking for a perfect recipe..Now i got one to try soon..

Same pinch for the ingredient. I started with moong bean too.
love the way your prepared the masala. Great start...

That looks like a awesome and very tempting meal. Lovely clicks too!

Congrats Nalini, 6years of blogging is definitely a milestone, keep rocking. Am sure i will also eat this whole mung beans curry just like a snack. Nutritious curry, loving it.

Congratulations on your milestone! I love moong dal and beans a lot. Looks like the curry will be a good side dish for chapati or dosa.

Congrats Nalini. I used to make this kind of gravy for chapathis and usually it was a hit at home. Your looks so delicious and so tempting..

Congratulations Nalini on your 6th Blogiversary. Mung curry is a must in our house at least once a week. I love having it with rice and with a bit of ghee on top. I like your idea of blending the tomato onion base to thicken the curry.

Most of time, we prepared whole moong something along with onion and tomatoes and sometimes with spinach also. Love your recipe also.. looks so tempting.

Congrats on the blog Anniversary Nalini! This curry looks very delicious and I am sure I would prefer to eat it as such like a soup...

Congrats on you blog anniversary Nilini. I love this moong recipe my canteen fellow makes this and no amount of grilling him has given me the result I am looking for. This time I will feed him my moong curry. :D

i love the clicks was admiring those pics for some time

Congrats on your blog anniversary. Lovely clicks and a nice protein rich recipe with mung..

this with some hot rotis is yummmm..

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