Thursday, April 12, 2012


A healthy and easily digestible dish – 'payaru puzhukku' is made with pacha payaru (whole green moong). It forms a good combination with morkoottaan / pulungari (which does not contain lentils). It also tastes good with chapathi. If you run out of vegetables or time (to chop them), this is the best bet!

Ingredients –
Pacha payaru (whole moong) – 1 glass (Soaked in water for an hour)
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
Sugar / jaggery – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Whole red chilli – ½
Oil – 1 tsp
Green chilli – ½
Curry leaves – 7
Salt to taste
Grated coconut – 1-2 tbsp

Pressure-cook the payaru with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and sugar (for 5 minutes on low heat after one whistle).
After it cools, add salt and mix well.
In a kadhai, heat 1 tsp oil and add mustard seeds and urad dal. When they crackle, add ½ a red chilli and curry leaves.
Add the boiled payaru to it. Add water if necessary and boil well.
Add grated coconut and mix well. It should be semi-solid.

To ensure that moong cooks well, add 2 drops of oil while pressure-cooking it. Add the salt only after it has been pressure-cooked.
Moong can be cooked in a separate vessel along with rice in the pressure cooker, so time can be saved.
I remember my grandma used to add pieces of a raw banana while making this puzhukku.

© Copyright 2011. Brinda Balasubramonian.

1 comment:

  1. look great and tasty...i will try this today.......thanks and looking 4ward for new easy making dishes......b blessed