Green Moong Dal | Green Gram Curry | Sabut Moong Dal

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This comforting Green Moong Dal recipe includes whole moong beans pressure cooked and tempered with fragrant seasonings. It’s a healthy, satisfying Green Gram Curry that pairs perfectly with rice or roti. Here you’ll find step-by-step instructions and photos to make this Punjabi Sabut Moong Dal for a delicious lunch or dinner.

green moong dal in a white bowl on a wooden table.

About Green Moong Dal

I make green moong dal quite often, and I’m so happy to share this classic comfort food dish with you.

Similar to my favorite Dal Makhani made with whole black gram, this vegan recipe features healthy lentils cooked with a variety of vibrant seasonings and aromatics.

However, green moong dal is also known as sabut moong dal – sabut means “whole” in Hindi – and since whole green gram are used in the recipe, hence the name. These whole lentils with the husks gives a lovely consistency and texture to the preparation.

Although Dal Makhani and this green moong dal are made with different lentils, they are cooked using a similar tried-and-true method.

The lentils are first soaked and then pressure cooked for a quick and nearly foolproof prep. Next, a fragrant tempered oil is added to the moong dal to infuse the dish with deep flavor.

Sabut moong dal has an earthy, satisfying taste and a slightly saucy consistency. It’s not quite as soup-like as a thin curry, but is still great to serve over rice or scoop with roti.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Green Moong Dal


1. Firstly, rinse ½ cup of green moong beans under running water for a few times or so. Transfer to a large bowl, cover with water, and soak for an hour.

You can also soak them for a couple of hours or even overnight. If they soak overnight then the cooking time will reduce by several minutes.

green moong beans soaking in water.

2. Now chop 1 medium onion, 1 large tomato and 1 to 2 green chilies (optional).

chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies on a white plate.

Cook Moong Lentils

3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a 3 litre stovetop pressure cooker. Add 1 medium tej patta (Indian bay leaf) and ½ tsp of cumin seeds. On a low heat fry until the cumin seeds splutter.

Omit adding tej patta if you do not have it.

You could also follow these steps of sautéing the spices, onions, tomatoes and cooking the mung beans in the Instant Pot adding water as needed.

spices frying in oil

4. Then add the ⅓ cup chopped onions.

onions being sautéed.

5. Sauté the onions on medium-low to medium heat until they start to turn light golden.

sautéed onions in cooker.

6. Add 1 teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste and ½ to 1 teaspoon of the chopped green chillies. Stir and sauté on low heat for a few seconds until the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic goes away.

ginger-garlic paste and green chillies with onions.

7. Now add the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of Garam Masala Powder
ground spices on chopped tomatoes in cooker.

8. Stir and sauté until the tomatoes soften and you see oil releasing from the sides. The tomatoes would become a mush and look pulpy.

cooked tomatoes in cooker to make green gram dal.

9. Drain all the water from the bowl in which the beans were soaking and add the soaked moong beans to the cooker.

mound of green moong beans in cooker.

10. Stir to mix well.

moong beans mixed with onion-tomato masala mixture.

11. Add 2.5 to 3 cups of water and salt to taste.

water in cooker to make green gram curry.

12. Cover and pressure cook the lentils for 10 to 12 whistles (15 to 17 minutes) on a medium to high heat.

Once the pressure drops on its own naturally in the cooker, then open the lid and check the moong beans. If they still have slight bite to them, then add some water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 more whistles, or about 5 minutes.

If the mixture looks a bit dry and the lentils aren’t quite done, add a bit more water before pressure cooking again.

cooked green gram in a spoon.

13. Keep the cooker on the stovetop and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Switch off the heat when you get the desired consistency. Cover the cooker with any flat steel lid or a steel plate.

The consistency of the dal shouldn’t be watery. To make the Sabut Moong Dal thicker you can use the back of a spoon to mash some of the lentils, and stir again.

If in case the lentils appear dry, add some water as needed and mix thoroughly.

green gram curry in cooker with a spoon inside.

Temper Green Gram Curry

This step is optional but helps to infuse the dal with even more deep, delicious flavor.

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a small pan or tadka pan. Keep heat to a low. Add ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds and fry until they begin to crackle.

cumin seeds being fried in oil to make tadka for green gram curry.

2. Turn off the heat and add a pinch of asafoetida and ¼ teaspoon of red chilli powder or cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.

red chilli powder added to hot oil.

3. Carefully add the tempering oil to the cooked green moong dal. Stir and mix well.

tempered tadka ingredients in cooked green gram dal.

4. Add 3 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves (cilantro). Stir again.

chopped coriander leaves on green moong dal.

5. Garnish with more chopped coriander, and serve Green Moong Dal hot or warm with your favorite sides.

green gram dal on a bed of steamed rice with a spoon in a white plate.


What should I serve with homemade green moong dal?

Green gram curry is like a home-cooked dal and goes well with roti, steamed basmati rice, and/or a green veggie salad.

How can I prepare sabut moong dal in a pan on the stovetop (without a pressure cooker)?

Use a thick bottomed deep pot or pan. Follow the recipe and after adding moong beans, add 3.5 cups of water. Cover the pot with a lid and cook the beans on a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender.

Add a bit of water if necessary as the lentils cook.
Tip: It’s best to soak the beans overnight, if cooking them in a pot or pan, so that they quick faster.

How long will leftovers keep well

The Green Gram Curry tastes best as soon it is served after making it. If you have leftovers keep it for a day only in the refrigerator. The flavors change after refrigeration and the consistency thickens. Let the dal completely cool at room temperature before transferring to an airtight container.

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Green Moong Dal | Green Gram Curry | Sabut Moong Dal

This comforting Green Moong Dal or Green Gram Curry includes whole moong beans pressure cooked and tempered with fragrant seasonings. It's a healthy, satisfying dal that pairs perfectly with rice or roti.
4.93 from 52 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soaking Time For Lentils 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Course Main Course
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 4


main ingredients

  • ½ cup moong beans (whole and with husks) – soaked in water for an hour or two hours or overnight
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tej patta medium-sized, (Indian bay leaf)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • cup chopped onions or 1 medium-sized onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes or 1 medium to large tomato
  • 1 to 2 green chillies or ½ to 1 teaspoon chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste or ½ inch ginger + 3 to 4 medium garlic – crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander Powder (ground coriander)
  • ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 2.5 to 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • salt as required

For tempering

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper



  • Rinse green moong beans for a couple of times and then soak in enough water for an hour. You can also soak them for a couple of hours or overnight. If soaking overnight, then the pressure cooking time will reduce.
  • After 1 to 2 hours, drain all the water and the keep the soaked mung beans aside.
  • Chop the onion, tomato and green chilies. Crush the ginger and garlic to a paste in the mortar-pestle.

Making green moong dal

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 3 litre pressure cooker. Keep the heat to a low.
  • Add the whole spices – tej patta, cumin seeds. Fry till the cumin seeds splutter.
  • Then add the chopped onions. Sauté the onions till light golden on medium-low to medium heat.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and chopped green chilies. Stir and sauté for a few seconds till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.
  • Stir and sauté on medium-low to medium heat till the tomatoes soften, become pulpy and you see oil releasing from the sides.
  • Add the soaked moong beans. Stir to combine.
  • Add 2.5 to 3 cups water and salt as per taste. Mix very well.
  • Cover and pressure cook sabut moong dal for 10 to 12 whistles or 15 to 17 minutes on a medium to high heat till the moong beans are softened thoroughly.
  • When the pressure falls naturally down on its own in the cooker, then only open the lid and check the moong beans.
    If they still have slight bite to them, then add some water and pressure cook for some more whistles.
  • Keep the cooker on the stove top and simmer the moong dal for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring at intervals. If the mixture looks dry, then you can add more water.
  • The consistency of the dal should not be watery. While cooking you can mash a few lentils with the back of the spoon.
  • Switch off the heat when you get the desired consistency in the dal. Cover the cooker with any flat steel lid or steel plate.

Tempering for green gram curry (optional step)

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small pan or tadka pan. Splutter cumin seeds first on low heat.
  • Switch off the heat and then add a pinch of asafoetida and red chili powder or cayenne pepper. Stir to mix.
  • Add this tempering mixture to the dal. Stir and mix well.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves. Stir again.
  • Serve Green Moong Dal with steamed rice or chapati.
  • While serving this Green Gram Curry, you can garnish with a few coriander leaves if you like.


Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Green Moong Dal | Green Gram Curry | Sabut Moong Dal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Sodium 313mg14%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 302IU6%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.02mg1%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.01mg1%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.2mg1%
Vitamin B6 0.04mg2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Vitamin E 5mg33%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 27mg3%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 6µg2%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 8mg2%
Phosphorus 12mg1%
Zinc 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Green Gram Dal recipe post from the archives, first published on July 2015 has been republished and updated on November 2022.

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  1. This is a fantastic dish. Thank you for the recipe! I used 3 large cloves of garlic and it really paid off.5 stars

  2. Another great recipe ! Thanks 😀 😍
    A related question, do you have a recipe for chilke wali green mung dal ?
    When I went to the Indian store I bought both, sabut and chilke wali 😬5 stars

    1. Welcome and thanks. You could use the same recipe to make chilke wali mung dal and it will surely taste good.

      1. Sounds good, I will try soon, I’ve got both these dals sitting waiting on the kitchen counter 🥶 Also made your awesome mint chutney today again for the holiday.
        Happy New Year ! 🥶5 stars

      2. My comment disappeared
        Anyway thanks I will try that, & Happy New Year ! 🥶5 stars

  3. Dal and rice ours every day diet. I love it 😍
    Thanks for your step by step guiding 🙏

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