Green Moong Dal / Green Gram Recipe

Green gram is known as “cheru payaru” in Malayalam and “moong dal” in Hindi. Green gram is very healthy and is a great source of fiber and protein. It is very easy to prepare and can be accompanied with rice and roti.

Green Moong Dal / Green Gram 
Prep time           : 10 minutes
Cooking time    : 15 minutes
Total time         : 25 minutes
Servings     : 4
Category  : Main
Cuisine     : Kerala, South Indian
1 Cup green gram / cheru payaru
1 Cup onion finely chopped
1 Medium size tomato chopped
2-3 Green chilies chopped
1 Teaspoon red chili powder
0.5 Teaspoon turmeric powder
0.5 Teaspoon garam masala 
1 to 1.5 Cups of water
Salt to taste
For grinding:
0.5 Cup grated coconut
1 Teaspoon fennel seeds
4-5 Shallots
2 Garlic cloves
For seasoning:
1 Teaspoon mustard seeds
Dried red chilies
2-3 Shallots
Curry leaves
1 Tablespoon coconut oil


  • Wash and soak green gram for 6-7 hours. Pressure cook with enough water and little salt for 5 whistles.
  • Grind grated coconut, shallots, fennel seeds and garlic to a fine paste with a little water.
  • Finely chop onion, tomato and green chili.


  • Heat oil in a pan and add green chilies, onion and salt. Sauté until translucent.
  • Add chopped tomato ,turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala powder. sauté well until the mixture oozes out oil.
  • Now, add the ground mixture and mix well. Add water if required, allow it to boil.
  • Transfer the cooked green gram and mix well. Then add 1 cup of water. Simmer and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes.
  • For seasoning, in a small pot add oil and put mustard seeds. When crackles add curry leaves ,dried red chilies and shallots. Sauté till light brown in color.
  • Pour it over the cooked green gram curry and mix well.
  • Cover it for 5-10 minutes and serve hot with rice , roti and puttu.


  • Suppose if you forget to soak green gram, then you have to pressure cook it for more whistles until soft.
  • You can also use coriander powder to prepare this curry, but I have not used it .
  • You can adjust the consistency of the gravy according to your preferences.

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