This Moong Usal / Green Gram stew is my go to for quick-fix weeknight dinner

Moong Usal

If it is mung bean/moong cooking at home then it means one of the two things with the probability of the latter on the higher end:

                          1)      Like a bad hair day or a blue day, have you guys ever had a feeling fit day? Some days, when I have woken up early, exercised and the day has been really productive, I feel super fit! Mostly, I want to end the day on the same note and what does it result in? A super healthy low calorie (mostly vegan) dinner.

Moong Usal

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                           2)      My refrigerator is empty. I have been putting off that grocery trip for ever now and all I have at home are tomatoes (I never ever run of these versatile fruity-veg, if I do I do not put off my grocery shopping :D) and onions; so…

Moong Usal

BTW, this protein-rich meatless Indian chili can easily be thrown into  a crock-pot ad you can walk in home on a cold winter evening to a warm dinner ready to be served!For crock-pot cooking, please check the “My Take” section.

Here’s my recipe for an easy to cook, healthy,

Moong Usal


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2-4



  • 1/2 cup whole green moong
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 green chilies chopped
  • 1 tsp goda masala/kala masala (Maharashtrian all spice mix similar to Garam masala)
  • 1 tsp dhaniya powder (coriander powder)
  • 1 tsp jeera powder (cumin powder)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish


  1. Cook the whole moong in a pressure cooker with water for about 5 whistles. There is no need to soak it beforehand. I like the cooked moong has to be super soft and get crushed at the slightest press.
  2. Add 1 tbsp oil in a pan over medium heat, add cumin and let them crackle.. Add the green chilies, stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the onions and sauté for about 2 min. Add the tomatoes and let cook for about 4 min.
  4. Now, Add the dry spice powders and salt and let cook for a min.
  5. Throw in the precooked moong with the liquid in which it has been cooked. Do not discard the stock/liquid. It has all the healthy stuff in it.
  6. Bring it to a boil and keep it boiling for a min. Turn the heat off and garnish with cilantro.
  7. Serve hot with a side of Rice/roti/bread, a carb source of your choice.

My Take:

If you do not have the goda masala, substitute it with garam masala. The goda masala definitely has a distinct taste to it but the garam masala is equally good.

For the crock-pot version, add the oil, onion, tomato, spices ad the green gram, throw in some water, set the time required and done!

Yummily Yours'




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  1. wow, it looks so delicious, I’ll try this one, thanks for sharing, keep blogging

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