October 7, 2008

Soya Chunks in Moong Gravy

I include lot of whole moong in my cooking compared to other beans because of the nutritional benefits. Most of the times I don't stick to any particular recipe while cooking the moong beans gravy. I had some soya chunks which need to be used up, else it will find its way to the bin, very soon. So decided to add those soya chunks to the moong bean gravy, I was to make as a side for roti. This is a simple recipe yet very flavorful with the ingredients in the ground paste. And easy to prepare.

Whole moong dal- 1 cup
Soya chunks - 10 nos
Sambhar powder - 2 tspn (optional)
Turmeric - 1/2 tspn

For ground paste

Grated coconut - 2 tbpsn
Chopped coriander - 4 tbspn
Chopped mint/pudina - 2 tbpsn
Green chilly - 3 nos
Pearl onion - 5 nos
Garlic - 2 pods

Grind all the ingredients to a fine paste

Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard seeds - 1 tspn
Jeera - 1/2 tspn

Pressure cook whole moong. Moong beans doesn't require pre-soaking. I cook the bean with out soaking. It turns mushy on pressure cooking. If you have the habit of soaking them, do soak and proceed with cooking. Soak the soya chunks in hot water for 10 minutes. It must have puffed up well by then. Squeeze and drain the water. Wash the chunks in cold water with two changing of water. Chop the chunks into 2/3 pieces.

Heat kadai with a tablespoon of oil. Add the seasoning ingredients - mustard and jeera. Add cooked moong beans, soya chunks, salt and turmeric. Bring to a boil. Add ground paste and let it simmer for 5 minutes till flavors sink into the gravy.

Enjoy with hot rice/ chapathi


  1. I make gravy but not with dal! Should tasted different :)

  2. Soya chunks pose a challenge for me. Nice recipe.

  3. Now this one is really innovative....cud never think of this combo....i generally make chunks in onion tomato gravy...never ever heard of them in moong....let me try and let u know !

  4. looks so good and healthy too. Nice recipe.

  5. very nice recipe..healthy andyummy too!!

  6. Nice idea adding the soy chunks. It sounds very nutritious, Jayasree.

  7. I think this is my first time here.. you have a good collection!

    Soya dal gravy sounds delicious.. very new to me..

  8. use of soya chunks in moong dal is so new to me. very creative. I usually have it only in biriyani rice, and as a substitute for meat. This recipe is just perfect for curries..

  9. good one. I too try adding soya chunks in diff ways. got a new way :)


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