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Savaa Ni Bhaji/ Dill and Moong Dal Curry is an aromatic, flavourful curry or side dish that is usually served with hot roti, phulka, paratha or even rice. Usually prepared when dill or savaa is available in abundance. One can also prepare this healthy side dish with some potatoes or brinjals too. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course sabji, shaak, Side Dish
Cuisine Gujarati
Servings 4


  • ½ cup moong dal split moong lentils, green or yellow
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 cups savaa or fresh dill chopped and lightly packed
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp chilli paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds rai
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • pinch of asafoetida hing
  • 1 tsp garlic paste or 2 to 3 cloves finely chopped optional. Avoid if making satvik or Jain version.
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander cumin powder


  • Wash and soak the moong dal in the water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the root tips and chop the dill finely.
  • Wash it in a sieve thoroughly to remove any mud.
  • Heat oil in the pressure cooker over medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot add the mustard  and cumin seeds.
  • When the seeds begin to splutter, add the garlic paste and stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the chilli and ginger paste. Mix.
  • Add asafoetida, turmeric powder and coriander cumin powder.
  • Immediately add the soaked lentils along with the water.
  • Add salt and mix. Bring the moong dal to a simmer.
  • As soon as the moong dal mixture becomes hot, add the chopped and washed dill.
  • Mix very well.
  • Cover the pressure cooker with the lid. Let it cook on medium heat for one whistle only.
  • Let the steam reduce naturally. Open the cooker and mix savaa ni bhaji.
  • Serve with hot rotlis.


  • Add one big aubergine finely chopped instead of lentils. Add both the aubergine(eggplant) and chopped dill together.
  • Try and chop the stalks finely so it cooks quickly.
  • I use both the yellow moong dal and the green one with the skin.
  • For a satvik/jain version avoid adding garlic.
Keyword dill and moong dal curry, healthy dill curry, savaa bhaji nu shaak