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Green Moong Dal - Sabut Moong Dal

Green moong dal or green gram curry made in instant pot in 30 minutes. Comforting, simple, wholesome dish to serve with rice. Vegan and gluten free.
This simple curry with green mung beans are known as sabut moong dal in India, meaning whole mung bean. Made with simplest of ingredients, this curry is do delicious and flavorful. Goes well with rice or roti.
Prep Time4 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: green moong dal
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Harini


  • 3/4 cup mung beans sabut moong dal
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste or freshly minced
  • 3/4 cup tomatoes chopped from 3 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup onions chopped from 1 large onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves


  • Pick and rinse 3/4 cup green mung dal well twice. Soak in enough water for 4-6 hours. Drain excess water from soaked moong beans and set the green lentils aside. Also chop 1 onion finely and 2 large tomatoes finely. set aside.
    soaked moong beans
  • Place the steel insert inside your instant pot and switch it on. Press saute button.
    Once it displays hot, add 2 tablespoons oil. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and saute for few seconds. Now add finely chopped onions and saute for few seconds until it turns a bit soft. Next add minced ginger garlic and slit green chili. Saute well for few more seconds.
    sautéing onions and cumin seeds, green chillies and ginger in oil
  • Next add finely chopped tomatoes. Also add 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder.
    chopped tomatoes added
  • Mix well, saute and cook until the spice powders turn aromatic and tomatoes become soft.
    onion tomato masala for green moong dal recipe
  • Now add the drained moong beans to it.
    soaked green moong beans added to onion tomato masala
  • Add 2 cups of water and salt to taste. Cancel saute, close the instant pot and press pressure cook or manual button. Set timer for 12 minutes and pressure valve to seal.
    water added to instant pot
  • Once done let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Open the lid and add lemon juice chopped coriander leaves. Mix well
    Serve green moong dal warm with roti or rice.
    closeup shot of green gram cury


The nutrition values are estimates.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 797mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 4mg