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Whole Moong Masala

13 Nov

Pesala Masala.

Tomato onion gravy is prepared and seasoned with various spice powders. Whole moong is pressure cooked till soft and is finished in the tomato gravy. Serve whole moong masala with pulav or with steamed rice etc…
Makes: around 4 Servings of Whole Moong Masala.


Whole Moong 1/2 Cup
Tomatoes 3
Onion 1 Small
Ginger Garlic Paste 1/2 tsp
Amchur Powder / Dry Mango Powder 1/8 tsp
Coriander Powder 1/4 tsp
Chole Masala Powder 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala Powder 1/4 tsp
Sugar 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder a Pinch
Red Chili Powder 1/4 tsp
Oil 1 tsp
Salt to Taste

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash whole moong under water and pressure cook in 1 cup of water for 3 whistles.
Let the pressure release completely before opening the lid.
Peel and slice the onion.
Wash and roughly chop the tomatoes.
Wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.

Grind the tomatoes into smooth paste using a blender.
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add sliced onions and fry till they turn golden brown in color.
Grind the onions into smooth paste. Add little water while grinding the onion if necessary.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add ginger garlic paste.
Fry briefly, stir in ground onion paste.
Stir in amchur powder, coriander powder, chole masala powder, garam masala powder, sugar, turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt.
Fry for around half a minute, stir in tomato puree.
Bring the tomato puree to a bubble, stir in cooked whole moong along with the water it is cooked in.
Boil the mixture till oil separates from the sides of the pot.
Adjust any seasonings if necessary and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Serve whole moong masala with pulav or with steamed rice etc…
Notes: Make sure to cook the whole moong well.

Suggestions: If the whole moong is not cooked completely, let it boil in the tomato mixture till cooked. Add water if necessary during the cooking process. If the whole moong is overcooked in pressure cooker, make sure to not overboil in once added to the tomato gravy.
Variations: Check other whole moong recipes like vada, deep fried moong, and rasam etc..
Other Names: Whole Moong Masala, Pesala Masala.