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Whole Green Moong Dal or Sabut Moong Dal is a nutritious, healthy and comforting dal made with whole green mung beans, tomato and a few spices. This quick and easy dal can be made in a pressure cooker and Instant pot. 

Green mung/Moong dal served in a bowl with garnish of green chilly and corinader. Seen on the side are cucumber and a glass of buttermilk/chaas. A bowl of steamed rice is also seen


Moong/Mung Beans

Moong beans also known as green gram, moong are small green beans from the legume family. Moong beans are typically enjoyed by sprouting in Salads and Soups. I love to make this Sprouted Moong Chila , i..e Savory Pancake from Mung beans and this Indian Style Sprouted Mung Bean & Mango Salad. Check this detail post of mine on how to Sprout Mung Beans at home with just a muslin cloth


Split Moong/Mung Dal

The split versions of moong the yellow and the green moong are more common to make dal or different delicacies. Like Moong Dal Pakoda, Split Green Moong Dal Idli (No Rice Idli). The most common use of this dal is in Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi, Bajra and Split Green Moong Dal Khichdi, Daliya and Split Green Moong Dal Khichdi.  


In North Indian Cusine, the whole moong beans are commonly used to make everyday protein rich dal. One can even call it as a Green Moong Dal Soup. One of our family favourites and I had literally forgotten to make it after marriage. I have now started making it again, as it makes a wholesome and a filling dal.


Green mung/Moong dal served in a bowl with steamed rice. A garnish of green chilly and cucumber on top. Seen along is a glass of buttermilk/chaas and another bowl of dal


Recipe process of Whole Green Moong Dal

Cooking whole moong beans takes time. Soak the mung beans for at least an hour to achieve a nice smooth and creamy texture. If you are running short of time, soak for 30 minutes in luke warm water.


The dal gets its taste from the tadka from ghee. One can add onion and garlic to the dal, but I like to make it simple as it is really not needed. A simple masala made using tomato, ginger, turmeric, coriander masala works really well. I have used fresh grated turmeric as it was available with me. However one can use the powder. Garam masala adds to the taste and lifts the dal up. 


One can use 2 methods for cooking this dal. Either pressure cook the dal first and do tadka later or do tadka and pressure cook. I follow any depending on time and circumstances. Though mostly I use the second method as it becomes easier and saves 1 vessel for me to wash 😁.


This Whole moong dal goes perfect with some hot phulkas or plain steam rice.Garnish it with lemon juice and coriander to get the best tasty and healthy treat.



Here goes the recipe of Whole Green Moong Dal in Pressure cooker as well as In Instant pot

Whole Green Moong Dal or Sabut Moong Dal is a nutritious, healthy and comforting dal made with whole green mung beans, tomato and a few spices.

Whole Green Moong Dal (Pressure Cooker and Instant Pot method)

Whole Green Moong Dal or Sabut Moong Dal is a nutritious, healthy and comforting dal made with whole green mung beans, tomato and a few spices. This quick and easy dal can be made in a pressure cooker and Instant pot.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Lentils, Moong Beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Soaking Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Whole Green Moong
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/clarified butter (one can use oil)
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera/Cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon hing/asafoetida
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger / ginger paste
  • 1 Tomato puree/chopped finely
  • 2-3 green chillies (optional – as per taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 or more cups of water.
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped fresh coriander
  • Coriander for garnish
  • Lemon/Lime Juice to add in dal for later

Instructions

  • Clean, wash and soak the green moong dal at least for 60 mins (at least minimum 30 mins if short of time).
  • Once the dal is soaked for 30 mins , drain the water and rinse it again.
    Soaked Mung beans
  • For Instant pot, start it on saute mode for 10 minutes.
  • In a pressure cooker or the Instant pot, add the ghee.
  • Once hot add asafoetida and Jeera.
    Tadka of Ghee, asafoteida, and cumin
  • Let the Jeera crackle.
  • Once done add Tomato, turmeric, green chillies, coriander and ginger and saute for 30 seconds, careful not to burn turmeric.
    Addition of tomato puree, turmeric, and coriander to tadka
  • Now add the dal, coriander powder, garam masala and salt.
    Adding moong beans to the masala
  • Add 3 cups of water and give a quick mix.
    Adding water to the mix
  • Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles depending on your pressure cooker settings.
  • For Instant pot, cancel the saute mode and switch on the pressure cooker mode. Pressure cook on high in Instant pot for 10 minutes.
  • Once the pressure settles remove the dal and adjust the consistency if required.
    Close up look of Whole Green Moong Dal with a garnish of green chilly and coriander.
  • While serving add some lemon/lime juice and garnish with coriander.

Video

Notes

  • 1 Cup = 235 ml, 1 tbsp= 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml
  • Vegans can use oil instead of ghee.  
  • Asafoetida (Hing) powder available in shops contains wheat and is not gluten free. Gluten intolerant people can either skip completely or opt for Gluten Free Asafoetida (Hing)
 
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Whole Green Moong Dal or Sabut Moong Dal is a nutritious, healthy and comforting dal made with whole green mung beans, tomato and a few spices. This quick and easy dal can be made in a pressure cooker and Instant pot.




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Shilpa

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

When do you add the tomato?

Renu Agrawal Dongre

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Updated, Thanks for highlighting. I forgot to add in instructions. It is along with masala.

Padmajha PJ

Thursday 10th of September 2020

I make the south Indian version of moong dal,almost similar. Next time I'll add the garam masala and pair it with Chapathi and I'm sure my kids will love it!

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

Saturday 5th of September 2020

Love IP for these dal recipes. Really comes in handy with no supervision and handsfree cooking. This is such a healthy and comforting dal.

NARMADHA

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

I almost use the same kind of masala to make moong dal to pair with chapati. Your version of cooking directly in cooker is time saving. I always cook separately and then do the curry. Going to try this method next time

Suma Gandlur

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

I make moong with south Indian spices and my kids love it. I think I found a north Indian version that sounds equally delicious. :) Bookmarking this.