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Mugh (Green Moong Curry)

Mugh (Green Moong Curry)

Spice Emporium Durban


A curry so light and delicious, it’s difficult to believe it can be so good for you!

Green moong is considered, according to Ayurvedic principles, to be a superfood. Aiding in digestion, it’s considered excellent for detoxing and when recovering from illness.

As featured in Food & Home Magazine.

Makes 4 Servings
Prep time 1 hour 20 minutes (including soaking)
Cooking Time 1 hour


Ingredients in bold available at The Spice Emporium

  • 250g whole green moong (China pea)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 whole red chilli
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • few fresh curry leaves
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, grated
  • ¼ tsp ground garlic
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground green chillies
  • 1 tsp Suhana turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp coriander cumin (dhana jeera) powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ – 1 tsp Suhana hot chilli powder


  1. Soak the moong in a bowl of water, 1 hour. Drain. 
  2. Place 750ml (3 cups) of water in a saucepan and  bring to a boil. Add the soaked moong and boil until tender, about 25-30 minutes and set aside. (no draining)
  3. In a saucepan over high heat, add the oil, whole chilli and mustard seeds, and allow to sizzle. Add the curry leaves, followed by the onion. Reduce the heat to medium and saute until transparent.
  4. Add the tomatoes, ground garlic, ground ginger, ground chillies, turmeric, coriander cumin powder, red chilli powder and salt, and cook until the tomato juice evaporates and thickens to a chutney consistency, 5 – 10 minutes. Add the boiled moong and stir to combine. Cover and cook until the moong and tomato chutney have cooked well together and are blended, 8 – 10 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and sugar.
  5. Serve the green moon dal hot garnished with coriander leaves.