Khatta Moong (Whole Green Moong Dal )


  • Whole green moong – ½ cup
  • Water – 1 ½ cups + 1 cup
  • Besan (Bengal gram flour) – 2 tablespoons
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Green chilies – 2-3, finely chopped
  • Sugar – ½ teaspoon or optional
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 3 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Fenugreek (Methi) seeds – 7-8
  • Cloves – 3-4
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 inch piece
  • Curry leaves – 7-8


  1. Wash whole green moong dal under running cold water till water runs clear. Soak them in warm water for 1 ½ hours.
  2. Discard soaked water, take moong in pressure cooker and add another 1 ½ cups of water. Add salt, cover the pressure cooker, and put the weight on. Turn on the stove on high heat. Let it whistle once then lower the heat to medium-low and cook it for another 10 minutes. Turn off the stove. Let the pressure go down by itself. Open the cover and keep aside.
  3. Meanwhile take yogurt, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and besan in a bowl. Mix well.
  4. Add green chilies and 1 cup of water. Mix it well so there are no lumps. Keep it aside.
  5. Heat the oil in pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Then add cumin seeds and methi seeds. Let them sizzle.
  6. Then add cloves, cinnamon stick. It will give nice fragrance.
  7. Then add curry leaves.
  8. Add yogurt mixture. Mix well. Let it come to boil.
  9. Cook it for 4-5 minutes or until besan is cooked.
  10. Add boiled moong. (add water if you like thinner consistency)
  11. Mix it well. And cook it for 3-4 minutes. Serve hot.


  • Make sure that your yogurt is sour enough. If not than keep it on kitchen counter for 5-6 hours and it will become sour.
  • Adjust the water as per you liking consistency.
  • Serve with plain rice or Jeera rice.



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Khatta Moong (Whole Green Moong Dal )