Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hara Moong Masala aka Grandma's hesaru Kaalu chole

This recipe has been in my drafts for a long long time now. The only reason I did not post this earlier was becuase, I could not capture this curry properly. There was also other reasons like bad internet connection, my laziness, other things taking presidence, etc etc. But when I made this curry yesterday, I decided to photograph this again (read 4th time) and I was reasonably happy with the results.
This creamy and delicious curry is my grandmother's recipe. She calls this hesaru kaalu (green moong) chole. She uses pav bhaji masala to spice this up instead of the regular garam masala. Simply because, she does'nt like the taste of garam masala :). This curry is so tasty that I would just have this without any roti or bread on the side. It's that fabulous

Hara moong masala recipe:
Preparation time: 20min+Soaking time
Cooking time: 10min
Serves- 4


Green moong beans- 1 cup, washed and soaked overnight
Onion- 1 large, chopped fine
Tomato- 2, med sized, chopped fine
Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tsp
Green chilli- 1, slit
Jeera or Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Oil- 1tbsp
Turmeric- 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder- 1/4tsp
Pav bhaji masala- 3/4- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1/2tsp
Butter- garnish (optional)
Coriander leaves to garnish

  • Pressure cook the soaked moong for 3-4 whistles or till done and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok and add the cumin seeds
  • Once they pop and turn brown, add the onion and slit green chilli and fry till the onions are pink
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for 2mins till the raw smell goes
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for 3-4 min
  • Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and sugar and continue frying for a min
  • Stir in the boiled moong and the pav bhaji masala and mix well.
  • Add about half a cup of water and allow the mixture to simmer for 5mins
  • Take off the heat and garnish with butter and corianer leaves and serve hot with rice or rotis.


  1. flavourful moong curry looks wonderful

  2. This looks amazing...beautiful pictures..


  3. Moong Cholay looks to be awesomely delicious and inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Yum..always like moong dal ..looks delicious

  5. Protein packed masala, wonderful side dish for rotis..

  6. Wonderful recipe...Looks yummy...

  7. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  8. What a delicious curry!!!! Bookmarked & i know this will be a regular at our home...And nice clicks too ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. Totally new to me...sounda flavourful n yummy

  10. Love the addition of pav bhaji masala in there n your pics are truly truly tempting!Love the second one a lot :)

  11. Amazing curry, just mind blowing pics.


  12. I get so mad when some of our Indian dishes which taste so awsm is alwasy so difficult to photoshoot. You did a great job and this is looking absolutely comforting!

  13. Nice recipe,looks so comforting! Wish to have it with rice!

  14. What a comforting moong dal masala:-) Wud love to hav it with Roti's

  15. very tempting..looks delicious!!!

  16. Made this hesaru Kaalu palya today and kids and hubby gave it an A+. Thanks for the recipe.


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