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Pachai Payaru Kadayal | Green Moong Dal Mash

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Pachai Payaru Kadayal – Recipe for everyday dal made with green moong lentil. A traditional recipe from the Kongunadu region. Recipe with video.

  • Total Time: 30m
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For cooking the lentil

1/2 cup green moong lentil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon Indian sesame oil
2 cups water

For the Green moong dal masala

2 teaspoon Indian sesame oil
1/2 cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon black peppercorn
1 green chilli
2 sprig curry leaves
5 cloves garlic
10 Indian small onion (shallots), chopped
2 country tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon salt

For tempering the dal

1 teaspoon Indian sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 sprig curry leaves, chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
1 cup water
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
2 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped


For cooking the lentil

Wash and soak the green moong for about 15 minutes. Add it to a pressure cooker along with the turmeric powder, the oil and the water. Cook for 15 minutes on low flame. Ignore the number of whistles. After the said time, allow the pressure from the cooker to release naturally. Open the cooker and mash the dal with a potato masher. Set aside.

For the Green moong dal masala

Heat a couple of teaspoons of oil in a pan and add in the cumin, coriander, black pepper, green chilli, curry leaves and the garlic. Saute for a minute. Add in the chopped Indian small onions and saute for a couple of minutes more. Add in the tomatoes and the salt. Mix well. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a low flame for five minutes until the tomatoes are mushy. Remove the pan from heat. Let it cool a bit. Grind this mixture to a smooth paste. Set aside.

For tempering the dal

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and add in the cumin seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. Saute on a low flame for a minute. Add in the ground masala to the pan. Wash the mixie with a cup of water and add it back to the pan. Mix well. Add in the cooked and mashed green moong dal. Mix well to combine. If the dal is very thick, use a potato masher to mash. Also add little hot water if the dal looks very thick.

Taste and add more salt if necessary. Add in a teaspoon of butter and the coriander leaves. Let the dal simmer for a minute.
Green moong mash / pachai payaru kadayal is ready. Serve with hot rice and a dollop of ghee (the ghee is mandatory 🙂 )

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 20m
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