Monday, 17 June 2013

Green Gram Dhal / Curry

This is a simple, mild and healthy dhal preparation using green gram which is an excellent source of protein and fiber. It is also rich in vitamin A, B, C, E and minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium.

It is easily digestible, low in fat and its low Glycemic Index helps diabetic patients maintain their sugar level. It is known by Pachaipayaru in Tamil, Moong in Hindi and Pesalu in Telugu.

Include this in your daily routine for a healthy living! 


Green gram - ¾ cup
Onion - 1 + ½ (slit lengthwise / finely chopped)
Green chillies - 3 to 4 (slit lenghwise)
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Red chilli powder -  tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp

For Seasoning:
Mustard - ½ tsp
Cumin seeds -½ tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


Soak the green gram nearly for 4 to 6 hours.

Pressure cook green gram by adding turmeric powder, salt and enough water. Allow to cook for 3 - 4 whistles or till it becomes soft.

Once the pressure releases, mash it with the ladle and keep aside.

Meanwhile heat oil in a separate pan, season with the ingredients given under "For Seasoning" one by one.

Once it splutters, add green chilli and chopped onions. Fry till the colour changes.

Then add the mashed green gram, red chilli powder along with little water .( Adjust the water level according to your preference).

Mix well till it is combined. Allow it to boil till the gravy thickens and let it simmer for 10 minutes or till the oil comes out.

Remove from the stove and serve hot.

It suits well with steamed rice, chapathi or roti.


You can also add coriander leaves for flavour.

You may  also add ghee to enhance the taste.


  1. one of my fav your recipe

  2. we make this for roti or pulav...super yummy

  3. This is new to me... Looks great

  4. LATHA PRABAKAR17 June 2013 at 21:23

    I make this atleast once a week...I season it with red chilli, onion and goes well with rice or chappathi. I shall try your version too...thank you for sharing.

  5. Thank you for visiting my space;try and let me know.

  6. I too usually prepare this, the same way. Healthy & tatsy.. Perfect for rotis and even rice or can be had just like that too !!

  7. Love this curry simple with chappathis, fantastic nutritious curry.

  8. I love this also.. Simple and healthy one

  9. Lovely click... Healthy and yummy dhal Poornima :-)

  10. Tried this recipe. Very tasty. Good combination for chapathi as well as rice.

  11. My MIL used to do all times
    Shobas Delight


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