21 Feb 2023

Green Moong Dal - One Ingredient, Many Dishes

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Green Moong Dal is also known as Mung bean or the green gram, sabut moong daal, or hesaru kaalu (Kannada). This legume is quite popular in Indian cuisine and is often consumed in most households. Green Moong Dal isn’t just a powerhouse of vegan protein, it also contains antioxidants, flavinoids, and folate. 

Most of us eat cooked daals or a typical Indian lentil soup at home. It’s quite understandable that you want all the nutrition but don’t want to eat the same recipe over and over again. Therefore, we bring you a list of healthy dishes you can make with the green moong dal and enjoy!

Tasty Green Moong Dal Dishes You Can Try

Green Mung bean is great for our health. It helps build & maintain muscle, improves heart function, and is good for our immunity and skin. Although excess eating can cause some people with gallbladder or kidney issues some discomfort, it is quite safe for consumption on a twice-a-week basis. 

Green Gram Recipe Ideas

How can you use your leftover green moong sprouts? Or any ways to consume green moong and get all the health benefits without cooking a dal? Here are some ideas you can try!

Shahjahani Khichdi

Shahjahani Khichdi is the green moong dal khichdi made at home

This dish was named after the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in whose era and for whose preference this khichdi was made. It’s a simple dish that can be cooked at home with rice, green grams, Indian whole spices, and a bit of grated coconut & cashews to add richness to the dish. You may also use substitutes for rice such as brown rice, broken wheat, millet, etc at home. You can put together this one-pot dish easily in a pressure cooker and have it be ready in minutes!

Sprouts Salad or Sprouts Chaat

mung bean sprouts chaat

Green Moong Dal makes for great sprouts. Indians use them widely in simple house salads topped with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cilantro/coriander leaves. You may top it with a sprinkle of feta cheese and use a dressing made of lemon juice, simple syrup or honey, salt, black salt, and the Indian Chaat Masala spice mix.

Sprouts Sabzi

Sabzi made from green moong sprouts

Got some leftover sprouts but in no mood for chaat or a salad? Well, here’s a tangy & snacky dish that you can make instead! Sear up some oil in a pan, and saute garlic & ginger paste along with whole cumin seeds. Now, fry up some onion & green chillies masala with your favourite spices and let chopped potatoes cook in it. When more than 70% done, add the sprouts, toss and let it cook! Garnish the dish as you like & enjoy it with your choice of bread!

Moong Dal Dhokla

green gram dhokla

Dhoklas are a loved snack all across India, even though they originated in the state of Gujarat. It’s light, fluffy, sweet & spicy, moist, and also comes with a great sauce. However, you can make the dhokla with green moong beans as well! Instead of regular besan in a dhokla recipe, just used ground green moong dal paste. Just remember that you have to soak the green moong dal overnight and then blend it after 6-7 hours of being soaked.

Green Moong Dal Cheela

green gram chilla or green moong dal cheela made at home for breakfast

A Cheela or a Chilla is primarily a flat pancake, usually savoury, eaten in India. While we mostly make besan (gram flour) cheelas, we can also use sabut mung bean paste to make this yummy and protein-rich alternative instead. It’s tasty, different, nutritious, and easy to make at home!

Sprouts Pakoda

sprouts pakoda or sprouts kebabs

Got some sprouts on your hands but no mood for a salad or a sabzi? Well, here’s a junkier alternative to cooking something great out of your green mung bean! Make sprouts pakodas! They’re yummy, crunchy, and somewhat nutritious too!

Pesarattu Dosa

Pesarattu Dosa made from green moong dal bean in Andhra Pradesh

This healthy breakfast dosa recipe is quite popular in Andhra Pradesh, a state in Southern India. In this Dosa recipe, you must use green gram or mung bean in place of urad dal. It is highly nutritious, protein-rich, and satisfying. Definitely, a dosa variation that is worth trying!

What other Green Moong Dal Recipes do you try? Share with us in the comments below! Also, let us know what kind of content you’d like us to share with you!

If you’re looking for more nutritious green leafy recipes, read this blog about spinach recipes to try at home!

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