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Monday, 22 September 2014

Paruppu kulambu/moong dal curry

Hi everyone,this dal curry is my hubby's favourite recipe. He takes this dal with rice and chappathi. This was the first curry which I learnt from my MIL. This was the first curry which i gave to my kids when they were six months old. Have it with spoonful of ghee ,it tastes heavenly!!!!!!!!!Now on to the recipe with just simple ingredients.

moong dal curry


Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds -1/4 tsp
Pepper corns - 3 to 4
Hing - a pinch
Water - 1 3/4 cup

Shallots-10 to 15(or 1 medium sized onion)
Tomato -1
Green chilli - 4 or 5
Garlic - 5
Drumstick -1
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - to garnish
Water - 2 1/2 cup

To grind:
Coconut -1/2 cup
Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp

To temper:

Oil -1 1/2tsp
Mustard -1/4 tsp
Dry red chilli-1
Shallots -1-2( chopped)
Curry leaves -10

Step 1
Dry roast the moong dal until nice aroma comes without changing the color (may be 3-4 minutes).
Pressure cook roasted moong dal along with turmeric,cumin seeds, hing, pepper corns and 1 3/4 cup of water for 2 whistles.

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Step 2
Grind coconut along with cumin seeds into a nice paste. Keep aside
Step 3
Cut the vegetables.
When the pressure releases add shallots, tomato, garlic, drumstick and green chilli.
Now add your grinded coconut paste and add 2 1/2 cups of water and salt.

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Check for salt and spice.

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Let it boil for around 10 -15 minutes and then keep in simmer for two minutes until raw smell leaves and the drumstick gets cooked.

Step 4
Now temper with the items under the title to temper.
Garnish with some coriander leaves.

paruppu kulumbu

Your dal curry is ready to serve

Use fresh drumstick, else the gravy will turn bitter.
You can make it plain without any drumstick also.
I have added big onions as I had no shallots in hand.



  1. wow...this is pretty nice:) Will surely this soon:)
    I have something interesting in my blog too, do look:)

  2. drooling to see it with the tempering to have it now

  3. Delicious and flavorful kulambu, yumm..

  4. Nice and tasty Kuambu moong dal...curry...