Pachai Payaru Masiyal, Green Moong dal – Green Gram Curry Recipe

by | Oct 9, 2014 | 8 comments


Pachai Payaru Masiyal, Green Moong dal – Green Gram Curry.

Pachai Payaru masiyal recipe. Whole moong dal/mung bean curry south indian style. Easy and healthy lentil curry. 

Lentils and rice make perfect lunches. There is nothing more comforting than a good lentil curry with rice. This is such an easy recipe for the busy mornings where I need to pack lunches for the family. Lentils and rice make a simple everyday Indian meal. The creamy texture of the dal makes it so rich yet so healthy. We call it as pachai payaru masiyal in tamil. Serve it hot with rice and drizzle a teaspoon of ghee over. Yum… Somethings in life are so simple and yet so immensely satisfying. Moong dal curry sure belongs there. I call it my everyday lentil.


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Pachai payaru Masiyal / Moong dal curry / Green gram curry

Pachai Payaru masiyal recipe. Whole moong dal/mung bean curry south indian style. Easy and healthy lentil curry.

  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 teaspoon Sesame/Gingely oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 67 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup shallots or 1 red onion chopped
  • 2 green chillies (I use the thai chillies or the serrano variety)
  • 1/2 cup whole moong dal (mung bean)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water


  1. Soak the dal in water for an hour.
  2. Pressure cook the moong dal with the water for a good 10 minutes or 5-6 whistles.
  3. Heat oil in a saute pan, add the cumin and curry leaves. Let it splutter.
  4. When the cumin splutters, add the shallots or onions, green chillies and salt.
  5. Saute for a good 5 minutes in low flame until the onions are translucent and starting to brown.
  6. Remove from heat and mix in the cooked dal and grind it in a mixie/food processor until smooth.
  7. Serve hot with rice and ghee


You can add or omit the green chillies according to your spice levels.

  • Author: Kannamma @kannammacooks.com
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: South Indian



  1. Ramya

    Tried the recipe and absolutely loved the taste! Just one query though, my dal colour was a bit off- was very light green. Anyway to avoid this?

    • Suguna Vinodh

      When you mash, the color slightly fades. You can add a little coriander to enhance the colour.

  2. Mary

    I got bored having sambar and rasam. This was easy, tasty and nutritious.


  3. rohit

    Is this a south indian recipe? I never came across whole green gram in south indian recipes that I had so far in south indian restaurants.

    • Suguna Vinodh

      Green gram is a staple in south indian cuisine.

    • Ramya

      πŸ™‚ Good One..


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