Monday, December 30, 2013

Pachai Payaru Kulambu (Green Moong Dal Curry)

Dal curry? Again? Yes please. What do you expect? As I have already said before (Ney/Ghee Sambar), dhal, aka lentil is the cooking pleasure for an Indian meal. At least once week, sambar/dhal curry must make its way, from my kitchen to our dining table (Dhal Vegetable Soup). If its not sambar, then dhal will also find its way into a rice dish, side dish or dessert (Dhal Rice, Dhal Stir Fried Cabbage & Dhal Sago Payasam/Kheer).Dhal is akin a routine actually, nevertheless, we can definitely opt for the various types of dhal/lentil. Generally, we love yellow dhal or masoor dhal, and for a dhall curry, it don't have to be the same types of veggies. Basically, its up to you, let me now share with you now on how to make a different dhal curry. Pachai Payaru Kulambu (Green Moong Dal Curry). Don't get confused, its green peas actually. The one we use for a sweet dessert (Bubur Kacang Hijau/Green Peas Porridge). Pachai Payaru Kulambu (Green Moong Dal Curry) is also ghee scented and coconut milk infused (Potato Green Peas Curry, Ghee Almond Rice & Egg Sodhi). Go on, make it and love it (Mango Chutney & Masala Tofu Beans).

1 cup pachai payaru/green moong dal - soak for 3 hours and drain off water.
5 garlic - remove skin
5 shallots - remove skin
1/2 inch ginger - sliced
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tomato - sliced thinly
1 tbsp plain curry powder
1/2 cup coconut milk/cream
Salt for taste

For tempering
1 1/2 tbsp ghee/butter/oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 dried red chillies - snipped to tiny pieces
2-3 sprigs curry leaves
Add dal, garlic, shallots, ginger, turmeric powder and 1/2 liter of water into a pot.
Simmer till dal is half cooked.
Add tomato, curry powder and season with salt.
Continue to simmer to soften dal.
Pour coconut milk, stir, just heat through and remove from heat.
Temper cumin, dried chillies and curry leaves in ghee.
Pour over dal and stir.
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  1. i would love to try this without coconut cream..

  2. Pachai Payaru Kulambu is new to me. So it's like a base curry where you can add your meat or seafood in? I like the colour; looks yummy!

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  3. Your dal looks special. There are more ingredients that you add than what we generally do here. I'd love to make this when we have guests over.
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  4. looks so creamy...more healthy with coconut..

  5. this looks so delicious... goes so well with rice...

  6. I love it when ginger garlic paste is added to the daal! And addition of coconut milk must have made it heavenly!!

  7. One of my favorite and your curry looks delicious :-)
    Happy new year Nava. Have blessed year ahead

  8. Everything you made just looks delicious and I'm a big Fan ;) Thank you for shared the recipes in 2013 and Happy new year 2014,All the best for you, I've been so busy lately I miss a lot of yummy post ;)

  9. Pachai payiru curry looks amazing, what is curry powder here, dear ?

  10. My favourite and comforting dal.. Adding coconut milk is new to me..

  11. HI Nava, yummy pachai payiru curry! May The Year 2014 Bring for You Happiness,Success and filled with Peace,Hope & Togetherness of your Family & Friends....Wishing You a...*HAPPY NEW YEAR*

  12. Hi Nava, your healthy dal curry look so inviting and delicious. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Wishing you all the best in 2014.

    Have a nice day.

  13. Delighted to see such a comfort bowl of dal...


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