Chaaswala mug (Moong beans in buttermilk)

I am a big fan of recipes that are curd-based. So, when I read on this girl’s blog about her making moong beans in a buttermilk base, I was immediately intrigued. Though the dish seems to quite common in Gujarati households, I wondered how I had never heard of it before or tasted it.

Chatty Wren was sweet enough to send across the recipe and even a photograph of how the dish should look like. ๐Ÿ™‚

The dish was prepared today and devoured hungrily. It tastes great! Thank you so much for the recipe, Chatty Wren!

I made some modifications to the original recipe, and made it more watery, like a soup, rather than a curry.

Here is the recipe I used:

Ingredients (for 2 people):

About 2 cups of sprouted moong (boiled with a little salt)

Salt to taste

About 2 cups of sour buttermilk (neither too thick, nor too watery)

2 teaspoons of oil

A pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)

2 green chillies ( slit lengthwise, and then cut into two)

4-5 cloves of garlic (peeled and chopped finely)

A few sprigs of coriander leaves (chopped finely)

A 1-inch piece of ginger (peeled and finely chopped)

1 teaspoon of coriander powder

1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

1 teaspoon of red chilli powder (optional)

Method:

1. Mix the red chilli powder (if using), salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder in the buttermilk. Keep aside. Be careful while adding the salt – remember that the boiled moong also contains salt.

2. Heat the oil in a pan. When it is hot enough, add the asafoetidaย  and the mustard seeds. Let them splutter.

3. Add the cumin seeds and chopped ginger and garlic. When the garlic gets a bit brown, add the buttermilk mixture to the pan.

4. Add green chillies and coriander leaves to the pan. Mix well. Let it cook for about a minute. If you want to make the dish watery, add the required quantity of water at this stage.

5. Add the boiled moong to the pan. Cook everything together for 3-4 minutes.

Serve hot with rotis or parathas, or use it as a soup-like drink. Yumminess!

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14 thoughts on “Chaaswala mug (Moong beans in buttermilk)

    1. @NS

      Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Do try this recipe out some time… It tastes pretty good.

      I am basicially a Tam-Brahm, but brought up entirely in Ahmedabad. So, you can say I am more of a Gujju than a Tamilian. ๐Ÿ™‚

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