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January 12, 2009


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This is my mother’s special.It tastes excellent with idlis.We do this for dinner.My husband likes it very much.He always wants sambar to be watery and juicy.This is one of its kind. Also we do this whenever we have stomach & mouth ulcers.This is less spicy and moong dal is good for ulcers.It is less in calories too!!

The ingredients required are:
  • Moong dal – 1/4 cup 
  • Tomato – 2 nos ( Finely chopped)
  • Green chilly – 4 nos (Increase if u want more spicy)
  • Small onions/Pearl onions – 15- 20 nos (Finely chopped)
  • Sambar powder -1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal- 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida /Hing– 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – A sprig
  • Coriander leaves – To garnish
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
Kadalai maavu/Besan - 2 tsp ( dilute it with 1/4 cup of water )

  • Heat a kadai with half tsp of oil and saute the slit green chillies for a min.
  • Take the moong dal  in a pressure cooker base & dry roast till u get nice aroma.But dal should not change in its color. So do it in medium flame.Now add water ,chopped tomatoes and green chillies..
  • Pressure cook it by adding a pinch of turmeric powder and a drop of sesame oil.(Should be over mushy) Mash it well.Set aside.
  • Heat a kadai with 1 tsp of oil and season with mustard , urad dal and curry leaves.Add a pinch of hing to it.Then add the finely chopped onions.Saute till they are half-cooked.Add little water, allow onions to cook.
  • Now add the sambar powder & cooked dal mixture to the kadai and add 1/4 tsp of hing,salt.Boil for sometime.Lastly add the diluted besan water & boil it till raw smell vanishes. Add more water if required.Check for salt & spice taste.
  • Finally garnish with plenty of coriander leaves.
  • Delicious , Protein-Rich sambar is ready to serve hot wih Soft Idlis!!
Note:Asafetida and coriander leaves are most important for this sambar.Only these 2 ingredients gives the flavour:). If u feel,spiciness is less,u can add little red chilli powder while sambar boils.


Moong Dal
  1. In China, Moong dals are used for medicinal purposes such as to reduce fever, headache and general anxiety.
  2. Pulses have generally 20 to 25% protein by weight, which is double the protein content of wheat and three times that of rice. For this reason, pulses are sometimes called "poor man’s meat".
  3. While pulses are generally high in protein, and the digestibility of that protein is also high.
  4. Moong beans also contain good amounts of calcium and Vitamin C. Its popularity is not just from its medicinal and nutritional properties, but also from its adaptability to drought conditions and inferior soils.
  5. Cooking does not affect the protein content of this pulse.
  6. It is consumed either whole with or without skins or as bean sprouts. . Nutritional Facts :(per 100 grams or 3.52 oz)
    Energy : 30 calories
    Protein : 3 grams
    Carbohydrate : 6 grams
    Dietary Fiber : 2 grams

I am glad in sending this entry to FIC:Yellow conducted by sunshinemom of Tongue ticklers



  1. Moong dal sambhar sounds delicious. I will try next time.I always think of Tuar dal in Sambhar, nice twist! Thanks!:))

  2. I made this once by mistake because I did not know which dal was added in Sambar! It was good! Thank you for the twist and do take time to check out the new thief on the block!

  3. THis is new to me. I have never had mung dal sambar! must try it out for a change.

  4. I have never tried moong dhal sambar, will give it a try, thanks for the nutritional informations, definitely useful :)

  5. wow..this is a nice recipe..looks good..

  6. Wow sounds yummy. Informative facts about Moong dal.

  7. Thanku asha,do try this.moong dal is more nutritious than toor dal:)

    Thanks a lot sunshinemom:)
    Thanku srilekha!!

    Thanks soma and gita.DO try this .waiting for ur comments:)

    thank u so much sowmya!!

    thanku kitchen flavours for ur nice comment!!

  8. I would lov eto have those two hot idlies with that sambhar,missing a lot for a while ....!

  9. Woow that last pic with the idlies wish i had them now.
    I love idlies but hubby and daughter don't like them, they prefer dosa.
    Love this moongdal sambar eventhough i have never made them, it looks yummy.

  10. My mom makes this for idlis too! She calls Gotsu Don't know why :) You ve a great place too !

  11. I have not made sambhar with moong dhal before, and this looks like a nice place to start.

  12. Thanks cham. we do make gotsu but that is slighly different from this sambhar!will post it soon!!

    Thanks anudivya:)

  13. hey u have a very nice blog.. just my kind of recipes...thanks for visiting my blog.

    i will bookmark this sambar.. will try with dosas..

  14. Love this combo. am enjoying your hints about the ingredient.


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