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Pasi Payaru Upma / Moong Dal Upma

by | Feb 20, 2016 | 21 comments

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This is a very unique recipe for upma made entirely with moong dal. It’s very healthy and very easy to make. This is popular around the Coimbatore region and is usually made for breakfast. Here is how to do Pasi Payaru Upma. We use split green gram dal with the green skin still on. This works well for the recipe.

Wash and soak the moong dal in water for 4-5 hours. After soaking, scrub the lentils well between fingers. Wash in running water and drain several times. Drain between your fingers to get rid of the green skin. Repeat the procedure until most of the green skin from the dal has been removed. Some of the skin might still be attached. That’s fine. Set aside.

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Add around 1/2 cup of water and grind the dal to a smooth paste. Add the salt and mix well.

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Put some water in an idly vessel and put it on medium flame. Oil the idli plate and gently fill the rounds with the batter. Put it inside the idly vessel, cover the vessel, and let it steam for 15-20 minutes. After around 15 minutes, insert a spoon into the idlis. It should come clean. If it comes clean, the moong dal idlis are done. Remove from heat. Scoop the idlis out of the idli mold onto a plate. Let it cool.

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Shred the moong dal idlis using a vegetable shredder. It should resemble shredded cheese. Cooled idlis are easy to shred. You can also use a food processor to shred. Set aside.

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Now we will make upma.
Heat oil in a pan until hot. Add in the mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Add in the finely chopped ginger, dried red chillies and curry leaves. Fry for a few seconds until fragrant. Add in the chopped onions and green chillies. Using a lot of onions in this dish makes the upma very tasty. Fry till the onions are soft. Add in a little salt to taste.

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Add in the shredded dal and coriander leaves and mix well to combine. You can also add little fresh shredded coconut at this stage to make it a little more rich. Switch off the flame and serve warm with coconut chutney.

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Pasi Payaru Upma

Recipe for healthy pasi payaru upma. green moong dal pulao.

  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 persons 1x

Ingredients

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For the Moong dal Idlis

  • 1 Cup (250 ml) Green Moong Dal – Split
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup water for grinding
  • 1 teaspoon oil for coating idli plates

For Tempering

  • 2 teaspoon Indian sesame oil (gingely oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 3/4 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 3 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh shredded coconut (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak the moong dal in water for 4-5 hours. After soaking, scrub the lentils well between fingers. Wash in running water and drain several times. Drain between your fingers to get rid of the green skin. Set aside.
  2. Add aroundΒ  1/2 cup of water and grind the dal to a smooth paste. Add the salt and mix well.
  3. Put some water in an idly vessel and put it on medium flame. Oil the idli plate and gently fill the rounds with the batter. Put it inside the idly vessel , cover the vessel, and let it steam for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Scoop the idlis out of the idli mold onto a plate.
  4. Shred the moong dal idlis using a vegetable shredder. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a pan until hot. Add in the mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Add in the finely chopped ginger, dried red chillies and curry leaves. Fry for a few seconds until fragrant. Add in the chopped onions and green chillies. Using a lot of onions in this dish makes the upma very tasty. Fry till the onions are soft. Add in a little salt to taste.
  6. Add in the shredded dal and coriander leaves and mix well to combine. Switch off the flame and serve warm with coconut chutney.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu

Keywords: pasi payaru upma

moong-dal-upma

21 Comments

  1. Pushpa Otiv

    Excellent recipe, added carrots, capsicum & peanuts ( crushed) to enhance the taste. Thanks for the recipe, very nutritious






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  2. Shobhana

    Would I get the same results if I use whole green moong instead of the split variety.

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  3. Parita

    Can the batter be made previous night and stored in the fridge to make idlis the next morning? Otherwise i don’t know how we can do the entire process for breakfast..lol..or can we soak the split moong dal overnight instead of only 4-5 hours?

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  4. Saranya Mahadevan

    Hi Suguna, ever since I saw this recipe on your website, I was so tempted to try it! Made it for dinner last night and it turned out to be very delicious! We enjoyed it a lot! Thanks for sharing such amazing recipes πŸ™‚






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  5. Sathya

    Very innovative recipe. Thanks for Sharing.






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  6. Indumathi Krishnan

    can we use dry grinder to split the whole mung dal to get split mung dal? i do’t get split variety here.

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    • Shailja

      Didn’t worked for me. Probably because I used yellow mung dal. The idlis were so hard that they cannot be shred. Definitely not the fluffy texture like that in your pics. The taste was awful. I will again try with mung dal with husk on. May be you can put a note in your recipe not to use mung dal without husk. Will save someone’s time. But your pics looks awesome.

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      • Suguna Vinodh

        Did you soak for the said time and grind with correct quantity of water?

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  7. Hema

    The recipe sounds amazing, will be making for sure. I have a couple of questions. What if we don’t wash the skins away? And will this work if we use whole moong?

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      The vada will be too heavy with the skin. It will be hard.

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  8. Meenakshi

    Hi Suguna, while making Moong Dal upma can we use moong dal (the yellow one) or the whole moong, instead of split moong? Please let me know. Thanks.






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  9. Rajam

    Enjoyed this dish

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you Rajam. Really glad that you liked the dish. One of our usual family dinners.

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  10. Rajam

    Excellent recipe






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  11. Eatliveburp

    Hi there!
    Interesting recipe. Almost similar to paruppu usili recipe.. Difference being the type of lentils used. One question- if you are going to wash most of the skin away, can we use yellow moong dal?

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      The texture is little different when using skin on lentils. I think the dehusked ones are little processed in order to remove the skin and folks at home believe that the upma turns slimy with yellow moong dal. I have tried both ways and I find the texture to be little more fluffier with the skin on lentils.

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  12. Poornima

    Wow.. Awesome recipe.. Great protien rich breakfast. I will definitely give it a try..






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