Thursday, September 27, 2012

Maghamethi-- green moong curry

Hello everyone! Ok  I know all of you must be confused with the title, so let me explain. Magha means moong or green lentils and methi means fenugreek and so we combine these two to make something which we can enjoy with plain rice. Its very easy very simple and I am sure you would love it. So shall we begin.


  • 1 cup green whole moong soaked in water for an hour
  • 1tsp  fenugreek seeds soaked along with moong
  • 2 green chillies 
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp  turmeric powder
  • a pinch of hing
  • a small piece of chopped ginger
  • 2-3 slices of raw mango or dry mango  or 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • few curry leaves
  • coriander leaves to garnish.


If you noticed the ingredients I am sure you must have seen one ingredient missing. Can you guess what it is?
Its oil  and there is no oil in this recipe, however I would tell you in the end if you do need to use oil how to use it. 
In pressure cooker, cook moong with fenugreek seeds with one cup of water. Keep for  2 whistles and once pressure cooker cools down, open the lid and roughly mash the moong  or use hand blender. Add some more water and then add all dry things like salt, turmeric etc. Add finely chopped green chilli and roughly chopped dry red chilli along with curry leaves and ginger. Let it boil till you get right consistency but make sure the moong doesnt stick to the vessel or it gives awful burning smell. Initially you need to stir it so it wont stick.

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

Notes: This is the way its made in my household though there are minor variations. I have not used any oil or tempering in this. If you so desire you can use tempering of cumin seeds with red chilli and curry patta.
In some houses  moong and fenugreek seeds are slightly roasted in 1tbsp oil and then boiled in cooker. I did not use that method.
Adjust the spices and the sour flavour as per your need.

Hope you all like it. Over to you for your lovely comments.


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  1. This is the favourite daal at my place Meena:)I have also posted this long back...loved your version

  2. Hi Meena moong dal recipe is simple and fast too cook and dals are always nutritious !

  3. Your ingredients are saying that its yummy Meena. I love this recipe. really its very simple and healthy too.Thanks for sharing.

  4. very flavorful healthy dal....Love the name of the dish...

  5. i make it little different.. like this version too..

  6. wow healthy recipe,luks delicious...

  7. Very healthy and delicious dal, Meena. Well explained recipe.

  8. Delicious moong dal curry, looks yum

    Cook like Priya

  9. Wonderful dal curry !! perfect with rotis!!

  10. Healthy. Thanks for sharing such a recipe. Please visit my blog to know about an event and giveaway

  11. Yep the title confused me and then the indg too. I thought u used methi – fenugreek leaves but the use of fenugreek seeds it was a surprise. We have never used methi -dana with moong dal. We cook moong like any other simple dal. All in all it seems the Maghamethi-- green moong curry is a tasty n healthy dish.
    Worth trying it. U said that u can use oil hmm have u ever tried ghee insteaded of oil, when we make moong dal and when ghee is added the flovour !!! it’s just wow!!!!

  12. thanks to all of u for liking this. @anjana i know i saw on ur blog also maghamethi but this is the way i make at home. ur version was equally tasty.

    @gauri yes do try its very simple dish

    @pinky thanks yaar for liking. simple healthy oil free

    @beena,priya shama thanks for liking

    @sanoli priya prema and pt thanks

    sravs and nithu thanks and nithu sure wud chek out ur event

    mukta it depends on mood at times i do use fry method with onion garlic tomato and oil or ghee but this is basic way of making in my home

    divya hha ha sure try it

  13. This is my favourite dal too.. Here I use lot of coriander leaves as methi is not available. Even I make it without oil.Only use the tempering when I have guests.

  14. Tried and tasted and this dish becomes our favourite now..


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