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Whole mung bean curry served with rice in a white bowl

Green moong dal

Sabut moong dal or green moong dal is a vegan and gluten-free lentil recipe from India. This light and simple dish is made using whole mung bean which has a very high significance in the ayurvedic diet.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 241kcal


  • Pressure cooker/ instant pot


  • 1 cup whole mung beans green moong dal
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 2 green chilies finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil if not vegan, use ghee (clarified butter) in this recipe
  • 5 cups water may vary if you are using a normal pot, adjust to get the required consistency.


  • Wash and soak the lentils in water for at least an hour (If cooking in a normal pot, soak for 3-4 hours).
  • After an hour, put the soaked lentils, around 5 cups of water, salt, and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker and cook until 5 whistles on medium flame.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, and saute for a few seconds until they become fragrant.
  • Add garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes away and then add the onion. Cook until it starts turning brown.
  • Add coriander powder and chili powder, stir for around 30 seconds.
  • Now, add tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
  • Pour boiled lentil, ginger, and coriander leaves. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Finally, add lime juice, garnish with coriander leaves, and serve with rice or roti.


If cooking in a normal pot, there is no need to boil the lentil separately. After frying the onion-tomato mixture, add soaked lentil, salt, and turmeric to the pot. Let it simmer on low flame for around 40 minutes or until the lentil is nicely cooked.


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 758mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 457IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg