Total Time
8hrs 27mins
Prep 8 hrs
Cook 27 mins

A very good tasting and a medium spicy East Indian dish. Serve along with your main meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium size saucepan, measure mung beans, cover with water, cover saucepan and let beans soak overnight.
  2. To a large frying pan, add oil and bring to high heat.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix together cumin seeds, mustard seeds and turmeric. Add to the frying pan, cover immediately and fry quickly shaking the frying pan until seeds begin to pop; about 1 minute.
  4. To the frying pan, add crushed tomatoes, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, sugar, and salt and cook until mixture bubbles; about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Drain mung beans, rinse saucepan and return mung beans to the same saucepan.
  6. Add 2 cups of water, bring to boil, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until beans are tender.
  7. Drain mung beans and add to the mixture in the frying pan.
  8. Add cilantro and stir to mix well.
  9. Serve immediately.
  10. You can substitute and use red kidney beans, black eyed beans or Garbanzo beans.
  11. If using canned beans, you do not need to soak them overnight.


Most Helpful

This is REALLY GOOD, Uncle Bill! I made this for lunch this afternoon using green lentils that I'd soaked last night. I used 4 tomatoes(2 small and 2 medium sized), 1 1/4 tsps. salt, 2 1/2 cups water, plus all the other ingredients in the same quantities as mentioned. I garnished the curry with fresh corriander leaves(chopped). The only additional thing I did was to boil the lentils in water this morning before adding them to the masala(i.e., after step 4, I proceeded with adding the "boiled and drained" lentils and then moved on to step 6 and onwards..)I am so glad to find a low-cal curry, that too, because dad and me specially love green lentils! Dad was SO HAPPY with this curry, he's told me never again to prepare green lentils like we used to UPTIL NOW! Now on, we will be making green lentils this way! I enjoyed this with lightly toasted white bread(as I LOVE bread absolutely). Mom and dad enjoyed this with hot rotis and white Basmati rice with a dollop of chilled plain yogurt on top. Next time, I'll be squeezing a bit of lemon juice over the curry before having it. THANK YOU SO MUCH, for posting this wonderful recipe! This will be a regular on our table.

Charishma_Ramchandani November 23, 2002

We love it! The best part is, I messed up and boiled the beans before I did anything with the spices, and it still turned out great! So, in summary, you can put your mung beans on the stove, prepare your spice mixtures, and stir everything into the hot mung beans after you drain any excess water. I used ghee (clarified butter) for my fat. If you use this method, it's pretty much a 20 minute recipe. Amazing. Thanks, Uncle Bill.

BarelySurvivesKitchen December 01, 2013

This curry was rather bland - I would not use "medium spicy" to describe it at all. Also, the instructions are not easy to follow. The terms "frying pan" and "saucepan" seem to be used interchangably, so that it is not clear if the mung beans should be cooked in the same pan as the other ingredients or separately. In addition the instructions do not indicate when the salt should be added.

jewelsf April 27, 2009

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