Thursday, 30 August 2007

Mung / Moong jo shaak / Mung Bean Curry

This a quick proteinacious week day meal. My students from Saudi Arabia tell me that this is prison food. That is to say prisoners get mung beans for their meals! Well, mung bean curry has been one of my favs since I was a child. That and Mung Bean Soup (recipe soon).

Ingredients
Ingredients
1 cup dried mung beans; soaked overnight and boiled, mung bean cook very quickly so you don't need to pressure cook
1 onion; finely chopped
3 Cloves garlic; peeled and minced
2 inch ginger; peeled and grated
3 tomatoes; blanched, peeled and chopped
2 - 3 chilies slit through the centre
1/2 tspn tumeric powder
2 tspn coriander and cumin powders
2 tspn oil
salt to taste
1 tblspn chopped coriander for garnish

1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions, cook until golden brown, then add the split chilies, let them splutter.
2. Add the tomotatoes, garlic and ginger cook for 5-6 minutes, add tumeric, coriander and cumin powders, cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add the boiled beans, with the water the beans were boiled in
5 Cover and cook, until nice and thick, add coriander mix and serve.
I served it with mani / chappatti

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29 comments:

Saju said...

Asha, I miss you today. I hope the op went well.

meeso said...

Yum...I love mung beans, never had a recipe that I didn't like yet...now I have to try yours!

Pooja V said...

yummy..a very health beneficial recipe. loved it completely.

musical said...

I love moong, and i am definitely going to try this! You made moong look so pretty :).

Kelly Mahoney said...

Aw, prison food? Then they haven't seen the cafeteria food I endured as a university student! This looks delicious.

toni said...

Haven't cooked mung bean curry... now it's time!!

Madhu said...

moong dal curry looks nice has great colour.

Linda said...

Hi Saju, your mung beans curry looks delicious! I love them, one of my fav. quick-cooking dishes, so I will have to try this your way. Silly question for you -- it is the whole variety? They must cook in a flash when soaked overnight :)

Rajitha said...

now we finally know that the saudi prisoners are fed on a healthy diet... this looks pretty good to me.

archana said...

I miss Asha too today. She would be the first one to comment :)The curry looks nice Saju :)

Nags said...

looks simple enuf! i am defnitely trying this one out soon

Saju said...

Thanks meeso, do try it. Sometime I let the beans sprout for one day, these are delicious too.
Thanks Pooja V for you nice comment.
Thanks musical, do try it.
Kelly Mahoney; yeah I know, I much rather mung bean curry than the cateen food at work!
Thanks toni, have I ever told you that I love your website
Thanks Madhu
Thanks Linda, not a silly question! they were whole mung beans. You're rogjt overnight soaking, cooks them very fast.
Your are Archana, Asha is great she is always the first to comment to encourge us. I hope she is ok.
Thanks Nags, let me know how it turns out.

Cynthia said...

So, is proteinacious actually a word? :D I love it!

Hmmm well if that is prison food, imprison me :)

Saju said...

Not sure Cynthia, but is sure sounds official!! ;) Actually it is. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/proteinaceous
check out Wiki

Arts said...

Guuju style moong usal.. I love it!! :)

Padma said...

Ohh la la...I like this moong dal curry, like you even I am missing Asha....

Vcuisine said...

A healthy side dish, Saju. Viji

Kajal said...

Hi Saju,

Nice post for Moong. I also made same curry yesterday because one festival in Gujarti is only eating moong curry with Jawar roti. This is called as “Chhoth”. Your curry looks yummy my dear.:)

Lia said...

lovely dish saju, this my hubs fav ;)

SeeC said...

Lovely dish saju.
Nutritious.

Priyanka said...

mung beans and prison food...lol... i would never have associated the two...love the curry... but i make the khata mag...thats is with yoghurt in the curry base....this version must taste absoultely delicious!!!

Sharmi said...

I too make this curry. but in a different way. looks yummy.

Siri said...

Hey Asha, I love the color of turmeric and the dish looks so yum yum..:D and I love Moong..and it looks so healthy though its fed to prisoners ;)..

Lady Brady said...

Thanks so much for this lovely recipe. I made it last night and it was fantastic. Have brougt leftovers to work for lunch, and it tastes even better today as the flavours have had a chance to infuse. There are so few mung bean recipes on the net, do you have any others you can share please? Thanks again x

Saju said...

Thanks Lady Brady, yes I have, they are already on the blog
1. http://chachiskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/06/mung-ji-kadhi-mung-bean-yogurt-soup.html

2.http://chachiskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/02/mung-bean-biryani.html

3. http://chachiskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/01/split-mung-dal-and-spinach-shaak.html

There are others where mung bean is not the main ingredient, search for mung and you will find them.

Anisa said...

I wanted to make mung today and thought to look up a recipe instead of calling my mom...I started to use one and realized it just wasn't sounding very appetizing, so while my mung was boiling, I started a new google search and was lucky enough to stumble upon your recipe which sounded so similar to my own mother's cooking. I'm happy to say that my meal turned out delicious! =) I added a little curry powder and lime to it but everything else was same. After I was done cooking, I looked at your site again and realized you are Ismaili too! No wonder your recipe was so like my mom's. I've added your blog to my favorites. Thanks so much!!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm... Yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

Olek

miney said...

yes mung is very nice and healthy no wonder Saudis feed the best to their prisoners; only they can afford it'

For Your Home said...

Delicious! Now if only I can persuade kids to eat it :)

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