Green Gram Coconut Curry...

Green grams or Mung beans are commonly used in Indian cuisine. A humble food, it is a nutritional powerhouse as it offers a range of nutrients and health benefits. They are one of the many varieties of edible legumes and are rich in proteins and fiber. Being excellent sources of soluble dietary fiber and folic acid, they aid in lowering the cholesterol levels and thus is heart friendly. It is definitely a good idea to make this a part of your daily diet!

Following is the nutritional profile for mung beans as given on
Normally they are cooked or sprouted. Sprouting increases the nutritional value of these beans. In some parts of Kerala, they are even used to make the sweet dish - 'payasam'. Following is a simple recipe for mung bean curry which goes very well with rice. In fact simple having this curry with rice and a good spicy pickle will make a wholesome meal anytime. Combine that with some roasted coconut chutney - Ah! divine! It is a mildly spiced curry flavoured with crushed garlic, peppercorns and coconut milk. Avoiding the tempering and adding a bit more water, you can even have it as a hot soup. Perfect for a chilly winter evening :)

Green Gram Coconut Curry: Recipe

  • Green gram / Mung beans - 1 cup, soaked for couple of hours
  • Shallots - 5 to 6 crushed
  • Garlic - 5 pods crushed
  • Tomato paste - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Peppercorns - 1/2 tsp crushed
  • Green chillies - 3 slit
  • Thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup 
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Oil - 1 tbsp 
For tempering:
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Dry red chillies - 2 to 3 broken in to two
  • Curry leaves - few sprigs
  • Shallots - 3 thinly sliced
  • Oil - 1 tsp

  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the crushed shallots, garlic and peppercorns. Saute for few minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste. Fry for few minutes.
  3. Add the drained mung beans, green chillies, turmeric powder and salt. Fry for few minutes till the flavours are nicely combined.
  4. Pour water and pressure cook till the beans are soft. It takes about 4 to 5 whistles for me.
  5. Gently press the beans with the back of a ladle to give it a creamy texture. Add coconut milk and simmer. When it begins to boil switch off the flame. Do a taste test and season with salt and pepper as required.
  6. Heat oil for the tempering - add the mustard seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the red chili, curry leaves and the shallots. Fry for few seconds and pour it over the mung bean curry. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Apt for my ongoing event Gimme GREEN!

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  1. Awesome dish. Just my sort of meal.

  2. this looks simple and yumm too.....healthy one

  3. Glad u made ur fav..& a very healthy one too..Thanks rosh for sending this one.. love it.. After the enlightenment on green gram, going to make this for roti's :).. will surely send my entries soon for Go green :)..keep sending more..

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  4. Looks really delicious & healthy!! Loved it!

  5. Thank you so much for sending this nutritious curry to our event. Iam sure this tastes delicious. Waiting for more such healthy treats :)

  6. Very nutritious curry, definitely every pregnant women should include this in their diet. Thank you for linking with Healthy Morsels :)

  7. A lovely comforting curry, rich with essential nutrients ! Thanks for linking it to HealthyMorsels :)

    - HealthyMorsels Team

  8. Wow! These looks soo delicious & I love your photos. Amazing! :)

  9. Hi..I am new to your blog..Yesterday I tried this recipe and it came out well.Thanks...

  10. Hi Minu! Thanks for the visit. Great to know that you tried it and liked it :)

  11. Hi Rosh,

    I love the moong and I love your version too. Thanks for sending it to my event. I could explore and follow your space.



  12. Looks wonderful and tasty one !! Thanks for linking to the event !!

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  13. Have you tried doing Thai curries? I think that they are just wonderful when done right. I have blogged on making your own red curry paste. It is a bit of work but the results speak for themselves

  14. @Carole: I love Thai green curry and have tried making it couple of times but using store bought green curry paste...Thanx for the visit. Will surely check it out...

  15. nice, healthy and yummy curry

  16. I'm drooling here. Such an yumm-made Greengram curry.So simple yet superbly done.

  17. this looks absolutely delicious...and hats off to your food styling skills...lovely presentation!



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