Moogachi Usal – Green Moong Bean Curry

Cooked whole moong tempered with onions, chilies and curry leaves !
Other Names: Mugachi Usali, Hesaru KaaL Usli, Mung/Green Gram Curry

     The moong bean also know as green gram is one of the famous and widely cultivated beans in the south-east Asia. Although there are lots and lots of recipes with split dal as well as the whole gram, this recipe preparation is mostly (In and Around) North Karnataka specialty. The whole beans are cooked and then tempered with light spices and  is best with chapati. Also this dish is garnished with gural/kaLe til chutney, which I do not have right now and  probably will only find its place in kitchen after a trip to India! This recipe will go to the legume affair  MLLA-18 hosted by Sri and started by Susan

1 cup whole mung
1/2 onion, chopped
2 – 3 green chilies, chopped
1 strand of curry leaves
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste
1/8 tsp turmeric

Preparation Method:
1. Pressure cook the moong beans with enough water until they are soft or according to consistency required. (This is made as a dry curry)
2. Heat oil in a pan or vessel and add curry leaves, chilies and onions and saute.
3. Add the cooked beans, salt, turmeric and cook for few minutes.
4. Garnish with cilantro/coriander leaves and/or gural chutney.


Preparation Time: 30 mins (includes cooking)
Serves: 2 - 4

Note: Preferably use a pressure cooker as the bean are not soaked. It also helps to reduce the cooking time significantly.


Sanjana said...

I love this mung bean curry- it is also my dad's favourite! We have it with gujarati kadhi and roti at home :D great post!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

I just love this... its quite healthy and goes very well with chapathi

Jhonny walker said...

Hey...this is my way of making moong too. I once did a post. Me thinks it is called, ' The tarka way'. I like your posts a lot!

SE said...

@ Sanjana..thanks!..goes very well with yogurt on side too!!!
@Sandhya...thanks!..yes it is very healthy..way to get good proteins :-)
@Jhonny..hey thanks..I hope you had a gr8 time in SFO...yes it is the tarka way..almost all indian recipes are..

Ms.Chitchat said...

looks yummy!! and so healthy..

Tina said...

Its new to me...Sounds yummyyyyy.

Silpa said...

i love this curry. back in India mom used to do this.. thanks for reminding me...

Namitha said...

A healthy side dish for rotis...simple and yumm :-)

Ms.Chitchat said...

A good recipe and is a favourite in my household too.


Kanchan said...

My favorite too .. and one of the common lunch dish :D

Unknown said...

Love that delicious & healthy plate.

Priya Suresh said...

Such a healthy and protein packed side dish for rotis, delicious curry..

Joanne said...

This sounds super spicy and delicious! I would love a good piece of naan smeared with it.

Siddhi Shirsat said...

This moong usal is simple recipe, but it realy tastes nice...all love it at my plc...nice clicks

PJ said...

wow, moongachi usal is looking great! I used to love it as a kid, but I haven't made it recently.. your post has inspired me now to go out and make some usal :)

Sarah Naveen said...

I love this!!! love to have it with hot hot kanji ...Simply superb..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Se
This recipe is so new to me and no extravaganza of spices!!!
I must try such I want to take revenge on the Mung dal because germinated Mung dal with jaggery, raw turmeric and ginger pieces has taken a heavy toll on my food habit for decades. Jokes apart , I feel the taste here will be great and it is a traditional dish so must eat ( after cooking :-)

Deepa G Joshi said...

i love moong usal..nice and healthy and good on stomach..

SE said...

@All..thanks for stopping by and for wonderful comments. These are very special.
@PJ..yes do try it out
@ Ushnish..this dish is supposed to be soft on give a try :-)

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