Khatta moong is traditionally Guajarati Recipe. Whole green moong dal is added in creamy and sour yogurt gravy. This is staple recipe in every Guajarati house hold, but everybody’s version of khatta moong is different. This is how my family makes it and we enjoy it with plain rice or sometimes with Jeera rice. Make sure that yogurt is sour otherwise it doesn’t taste that better. If your yogurt is not sour than keep yogurt outside on kitchen counter for 5-6 hours before you start to make khatta mag. Then it will be sour enough for kadhi or this recipe. This recipe has no root vegetables so this is also a Jain recipe. So let’s see hot to make it.
Khatta Moong (Whole Green Moong Dal)
- ½ cup Whole green moong dal (Green gram dal)
- 1 ½ + 1 cups Water
- 1 ½ cups Plain yogurt (dahi or curd), Sour
- 2 tablespoons Besan (gram flour)
- ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 2 Green chilies finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon Sugar optional
- Salt to taste
- 3 teaspoons Oil
- ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
- 7-8 Fenugreek seeds (Methi dana)
- 3 Cloves
- 1 inch Cinnamon stick
- 7-8 Curry leaves
- Wash whole green moong dal under running cold water till water runs clear. Soak them in warm water for 1 ½ hours.
- Discard soaked water, take moong in pressure cooker and add another 1 ½ cups of water. Add salt, cover the pressure cooker, and put the weight on. Turn on the stove on high heat. Let it whistle once then lower the heat to medium-low and cook it for another 10 minutes. Turn off the stove. Let the pressure go down by itself. Open the cover and keep aside.
- Meanwhile take yogurt, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and besan in a bowl. Mix well.
- Add green chilies and 1 cup of water. Mix it well so there are no lumps. Keep it aside.
- Heat the oil in pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Then add cumin seeds and methi seeds. Let them sizzle.
- Then add cloves, cinnamon stick. It will give nice fragrance.
- Then add curry leaves.
- Add yogurt mixture. Mix well. Let it come to boil.
- Cook it for 4-5 minutes or until besan is cooked.
- Add boiled moong. (add water if you like thinner consistency)
- Mix it well. And cook it for 3-4 minutes.
- Serve hot.
- Adjust the water as per you liking consistency.
- Serve with plain rice or Jeera rice.