Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pachai payaru kuzhambu / green gram gravy

Pachai payaru kuzhambu

Green gram (Pachai payaru in tamil), also well known as whole moong dal or mung bean, This bean is rich in Iron and protein, so this healthy recipe helps you to get Iron and protein in your regular diet and lowers blood pressure.

You can serve this pachai payaru kuzhambu / green gram gravy with hot white rice or it can be served as side dish for roti, chappathi, parathas, uthappam and dosa. The best thing of this lentil is if you forgot to soak it the night before, then no worries, you can still make this whole moong dal recipe by dry roasting the green gram and then give 4 whistles while pressure cooking.  Yeah !! simple as that !!  And believe me, you will definitely like the aroma of this delicious healthy recipe.

Ingredients (serves for 4)

green gram / pachai payaru - 1 cup (1 cup size = 150 ml)
tomato - 1/2
red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
coriander powder or sambhar powder - 1 1/2 tsp
garlic - 2 pods
asafoetida - a pinch
salt - as needed
curry leaves - few
coriander leaves - for garnishing
oil - 2 tsp
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
urad dal - 1 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
grated coconut - 3 tsp
red chili - 2
chopped onion - 6 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp


  • soak the pachai payaru overnight
  • chop the tomato and garlic
  • grind the grated coconut to a very smooth paste
  • add the chopped tomato, salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chopped garlic and soaked pachai payaru in a pressure cooker
  • add 3 cups of water and give it 3 whistles
  • heat a vessel with oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, curry leaves and red chili
  • fry it for a minute and add the chopped onion
  • fry till the onion becomes golden brown in color
  • add the cooked green gram mixture and asafoetida
  • mix well and add the coconut paste
  • let it boil for 5 mins
  • garnish it with coriander leaves and switch off the flame
  • serve with hot white rice or serve as a side dish for roti / chappathi.

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  1. Gonna try thiz 2morrow thnk u fr thiz recp

    1. Sure. Thanks for visiting my site. Hope you like it..

  2. Lovely recipe.. I am making tomorrow.. Thank u

  3. Prepared it for Today's Lunch and same carrying it to office as well. Most of the time I prepared Green Gram Gravy but never was with Coconut and this going to be my first attempt on Pacha Payaru Kozumbhu.

    Just Tasted it with small piece of Dosa and I felt it turned out to be delicious. Hope all my friends will like it.

    Small mistake is what I did, is I added 2 Medium Sized Chopped Tomato's and because of which I Taste little bit citric in Kuzhambu. Will correct it next time!

    Is it just guess in adding Tomato, Onion or is there any logical thought behind it? Is what I am wondering since I started cooking.

    1. Happy to see that you liked the taste !! And a big thanks for taking time and commenting your feedback. I also tried without adding tomato and it tastes like a normal dal gravy, adding tomato gives a nice taste and flavor so I prefer doing this way.


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