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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
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: South Indian
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