Sabut Moong Dal/ Green Moong Curry

November 23, 2020mayurisjikoni
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What is Sabut Moong Dal/ Green Moong Curry?

In brief, Sabut means whole and Moong is known as Green Grams in English. Clearly, every Indian household world over has its own version of Sabut Moong Dal. In fact, its one of the most popular dals or curries that is enjoyed with some rice, roti or paratha.Surprisingly, Sabut Moong Dal has not been featured on my blog as yet. Interestingly, though I cook it at least once a week, I’ve not jotted the recipe down till now. However, as they say, there is a time and place for everything. Perhaps, this recipe was meant for this week’s FoodieMonday theme. But, I’m not a fan of the Gujarati style of Moong  or Mug as we call it. Because, I don’t like the sweetness, as jaggery is added to it. Therefore, I prepare it slightly different, without the sweetness.


A little more about Moong or Green Grams

Incidentally, Moong is a popular legume used in so many Indian dishes and in different forms too. For example, one can use whole moong beans (green grams) or the split variety. By the way, split moong beans is called moong dal in Hindi. Interestingly, this dal is used to make khichdi (rice and lentil dish),or to make snacks like bhajias, flatbreads, dahi vadas, etc. Furthermore, Moong are soaked and then split, removing the skin. Hence, you get a dal or lentil that is yellowish in colour. This yellow split dal is used for snacks, as stuffing for parathas, to make khichdi, idlis, dosa, etc. Also, Whole moong beans are sprouted and enjoyed raw on its own or in salads. Sometimes the sprouted moong beans are used to prepare flatbreads, pancakes and snacks. Indeed, all these three variations of moong are staple in a typical Indian kitchen. 


Recipes using different forms of Moong or Green Grams

In fact, Moong is a the new super food as it has numerous health benefits. I will not go into details as to the health benefits of moong as there is so much information available on the internet. Moong is one legume that does not cause flatuence like so many other beans or legumes.


FoodieMonday/ Bloghop Group

Indeed, its Monday and this week the FoodieMonday/ Bloghop Group is preparing any dish that is a family favorite. Generally, most of us tend to cook some dishes repeatedly as  family favourites. I have quite a few family favourites. This theme was suggested by Priya. By the way, her blog Sweet Spicy Tasty has several Jain recipes, meaning where no onion, garlic is used and interesting Tamil Brahmin Recipes. In fact her Pachapayar Sundal or Green Gram Stir Fry is what I’d love to try. Simple and healthy with a light tempering using curry leaves and coconut.

Ingredients required for Sabut Moong Dal/ Green Gram Curry

  • Whole Green Grams – sabut or akha moong/mung. Soaked moong beans cook faster and give that creamy texture. I like to soak them overnight in warm water. However, you can soak them for 1-2 hours. Un soaked moong beans can be cooked but the curry will not be creamy.
  • Onion – any of your choice, finely chopped
  • Garlic – finely chopped or minced
  • Green Chillis – chopped or minced
  • Ginger – minced or cut into thin slivers
  • Water – for both soaking and cooking moong
  • Fresh Tomato Puree – I usually have fresh tomato puree stocked up in the fridge. I allow tomatoes to cook in little water, till they wilt and become a bit mushy. When the tomatoes cool down I puree them and store in the fridge. If you don’t have tomato puree, use one finely chopped tomato.
  • Salt – according to your taste
  • Cumin Seeds – jeera
  • Mustard Seeds – rai
  • Turmeric Powder – haldi
  • Coriander Cumin Powder – dhana jiru
  • Lemon Juice 
  • Curry Leaves 
  • Ghee or Oil 


Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan if you replace the ghee with oil
  • Healthy, every day food
  • Ideal for kids and the elderly as Moong are nutritious and easy to digest


Sabut Moong Dal is a nutritious, healthy, creamy and delicious that is usually enjoyed with some plain rice, roti or paratha. Easy to prepare, its the best way to include this new superfood in yoru daily diet.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 cup sabut moong whole green grams
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh tomato puree
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped or minced
  • 1 inch ginger minced or cut into slivers
  • 1-2 green chillis chopped or minced
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 - 1¼ tsp salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp coriander cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander leaves and stalk finely chopped


  • Soak moong in enough water overnight or for at least one hour.
  • Add soaked moong into a pressure cooker with one cup water, half the quantity of the measured turmeric powder and half of the cumin seeds.
  • Allow moong to cook for 3 whistles over medium heat. If you don't have a pressure cooker, cook them in a pan over medium heat till done.
  • Allow the pressure cooker to cool down before you open the lid.
  • Add oil or ghee in a deep saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat.
  • When the oil or ghee becomes hot, add mustard seeds, followed by the remaining cumin seeds.
  • Add curry leaves and chopped onion. Stir fry till the onion becomes soft and begins to brown a little.
  • Add ginger, garlic and chillis and stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add remaining turmeric powder.
  • Immediately add tomato puree. Add salt and coriander cumin powder.
  • Allow the tomato puree to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked moong along with the water. Add the remaining water.
  • Mix well, lower the heat and allow the moong curry to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add chopped fresh coriander and lemon juice just before serving.Serve with some plain rice, roti or paratha.


  • Adjust spices according to your taste.
  • Add a generous pinch of asafetida if you like. For gluten free version use gluten free asafetida.
  • I like my moong curry thick. Add more water if you wish.
  • Add chopped spinach to add more nutritional value.
Keyword Green Gram Curry Recipe, Sabut Moong Dal

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  • Priya Vj

    November 23, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    5 stars
    I love this moong curry a lot.infact akha moong is my favorite. Would love to have this curry with some rotis . Thanks for the sweet words abt my blog

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 23, 2020 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Priya and you’re welcome. As I mentioned it a common dal that I prepare at home.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    November 23, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    5 stars
    We make similar dal using split green gram. Never tried sabut moong dal curry but it looks very creamy and flavorful and more nutritious too as it is skinned. Would love giving it a try soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 23, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam, we always use whole moong for dals. Try it, its delicious.

  • Archana

    November 27, 2020 at 8:54 am

    5 stars
    I love this sabut moong even I make it somewhat similar and yes I am not a fan of sweetish taste in the dal. I will try making it with onions, and tomatoes like you that will give it a better taste. Thanks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Archana, sometimes I make it without onion but add a bit more garlic. Try the recipe, you may love it.

  • The Girl Next Door

    November 27, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    5 stars
    Green moong is a legume we often use, and this dal is a big favourite with everyone at home. I make it almost similarly too. Comfort food at its best, with some hot rotis or steamed rice, especially on cold days!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, its a good way to get some protein in our diets. It sure is comfort food for me too.

  • Preethicuisine

    November 28, 2020 at 10:53 am

    5 stars
    This whole moong curry looks scrumptious. It is a wholesome meal when served with rice and papad.I love to have it a little spicy on cold afternoons.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Preethi, as its hot weather wise most year round I don’t make my food too spicy.

  • Preeti Shridhar

    November 29, 2020 at 6:18 am

    One of my favourite lentils is green moong. I enjoy it with rotis /rice. I make it just like this .
    Nicely written recipe

  • Preeti Shridhar

    November 29, 2020 at 6:20 am

    Sabut Moong is one of my favourite lentils. I enjoy it with rotis. I make it just like yours. Very nicely written recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 29, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you so much Preeti.

  • Swati

    November 29, 2020 at 8:54 am

    SAbut moong is such a versatile ingredients we can play with it in making so many different dishes.. loved your collection of sabut moong dishes..Moong dal is a regular at my home too for lunchtime and we too relish it with steamed rice and papad on side.. a comforting filling and nutritious recipe..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 29, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you so much Swati. I just love the versatility of moong.

  • Maria

    December 1, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    5 stars
    Always my favourite comfort food for all seasons and even if someone has tummy troubles. I sometimes add spinach or other greens to it too. Love it both with roti and rice.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 1, 2020 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you so much Maria, I too add spinach sometimes, it all depends.

  • Sujata Roy

    December 5, 2020 at 4:24 am

    5 stars
    Sabut moong is most nutritious and easy to digest dal. I also like my dal thick. Loved your recipe. Dal looks delicious. I would love to have it with hot steamed rice or bowlful with little lemon juice. Best part is this dal can be served with rice and roti both.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 5, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata. You’re so right abut moong dal can be enjoyed with rice or roti.


    December 9, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    5 stars
    Green moong dal curry is so healthy and nutritious. I always make it for roti and it is power packed and fulfilling meal. Will try it for rice next time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 10, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Your are right Narmadha, moong is rich in protein and considered energy food especially for vegetarians. Do try it with rice, its so yummy.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    December 17, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Love the color of the curry using green moong dal!
    This curry looks really super scrumptious. I would love to have with some pooris. such a comforting nutritious recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 17, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita and you’re right, sabut moong is healthy and nutritious.

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