Mom's 3C's Mologutal (South Indian Vegetable Lentil Stew)

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Anu_N

Another one of my family's trademarks. There are several versions of vegetable-coconut stews native to south India, and this is one of my favourites. Feel free to substitute the carrots and cucumbers with a combination of vegetables, like zucchini, squash, pumpkin, etc. but remember to adjust the cooking times accordingly. Freshly grated coconut adds a special flavour to this recipe, so use that if possible.

Top Review by Charishma_Ramchanda

Anu, methinks your mom is a magician; a kitchen queen! Please tell her I said so:) I made this for lunch this afternoon, scaled it down to 2 servings and I had both! I had 1 serving with 2 slices of bread and loved it so much that I had the other serving with rice. I poured it onto white Basmati rice and topped it with a dollop of low-fat plain yogurt - yummy! I licked my fingers clean:) Thank you for making my Diwali so special with this beautiful recipe. May Goddess Lakshmi always smile upon you and your family. Happy Diwali and Happy New Year!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add chopped carrots and cucumbers to enough boiling water to cover, with a little salt, in medium saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes or until tender.
  2. While the veggies are cooking, boil 1 cup of water and add the yellow lentils and turmeric to it.
  3. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until soft.
  4. Grind the shredded coconut, cumin seeds, and red chili in a blender/grinder with a little water to form a paste.
  5. Add this paste to the cooked veggies.
  6. Once the lentils are cooked, add them to the veggie-coconut mixture and mix well.
  7. Bring the stew to a boil, and add water if it appears too thick.
  8. Add curry leaves and salt to taste.
  9. In a small frying pan, heat the oil, and add the mustard seeds and urad dal.
  10. When the mustard starts to sputter, pour the oil-seed mixture into the stew.
  11. Stir well and ladle into soup bowls.
  12. Serve hot with chappatis, rice, tortillas or bread.

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