GREEN MOONG DAL CURRY – Pachai payaru kadayal

GREEN MOONG DAL CURRY – Pachai payaru kadayal/masiyal

Green moong dal ( Pachai payaru in tamil ) is good source of protein and low carbs food. We can prepare various recipes using moong dal. This moong dal curry is very easy to prepare. Adding lentils to our daily food routine makes us healthy.



  • Serve with steamed white/brown rice. (Add a tsp of ghee on top of hot rice) Apalam/Papad works as a best side dish.
  • Serve as side dish for chapati.

AUTHOR : Dimple                   CUISINE : South Indian
COURSE : Side Dish                YIELD :3-4 serving


  • Green gram/ Green moong dal /Pachai payaru – 1/2 cup
  • Water – as required
  • Salt – as required
  • Tomato(medium) – 1
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp

For grinding paste :

  • Shallots – 2 or 3
  • G.chilli – 1 (vary with spice level)
  • Cumin seeds – 1 Tsp
  • Ginger – 1 inch
  • Garlic – 3 cloves


  1. Wash and soak moong dal for 2 hours. (minimum 1 hr)
  2. Grind all the ingredients together given for grinding.
  3. Grind tomato into paste.


  1. Pressure cook the moong dal with required water for 5-6 whistles .
  2. When pressure is released, mash it with potato masher or mathu( traditional wooden masher)
  3. Place a kadai/pan on medium flame. Add oil.
  4. Add the ground paste we prepared. Cook until there is no raw smell.
  5. Add tomato paste and salt. Saute often.
  6. Cook until oil oozes out.
  7. Add the mashed dal. Give a good mix. Add water if required.
  8. Simmer for 3-5 min and turn off the stove.


  • Instead of paste, you can use finely chopped onion, g.chilli and tomato.
  • You can add dal without mashing it.
  • You can skip tomato but the taste differs.

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