Jun 1, 2008

Recipe - Nimmakaya pappu (Moong dal)

Split yellow gram soup with lemon and ginger garnish


Plain dals can be made with different types of lentils. This particular soup has a distinct flavor to it. My husband loves the taste and flavor of this soup. Moong dal is simple and easy to make. According to Ayurveda, moong dal is considered good and easy to digest.


  • Moong dal (split yellow green gram without skin)- 1 cup
  • Salt - 1 and 1/2teaspoons
  • Turmeric - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Green chillies - 2 medium size (chopped)
  • Ginger - 1 inch (grated 1heaping tablespoon)
  • Lemon juice - 1 and 1/2 tablespoons
  • Water - 3 cups (to cook) add 1 and 1/2 more later
  • Cilantro - 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee - 1 tablespoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon


Wash moong dal, add 3 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder. Pressure cook it for 2 whistles.


Preheat ghee in a wok/kadai at medium high temperature. Add cumin seeds, let the seeds splutter, add hing, green chilies and ginger. Sautee them well. Add the seasoning to the cooked dal after the pressure release.

Add lemon juice, cilntro and 1 and 1/2 cup of hot water to bring it to the desired consistency. Serve it with rice or soup.

Serve it with rice, roti or soup.

Preparation time: 10 - 15 minutes
# Servings - 4


delhibelle said...

Hi Devipriya,
Congratulations on your brilliant blog and thank you so much for sharing your wide repertoire of recipes with us.

I plan to make lots of dishes from here, starting with your very first recipe-paneer tikka,you are my dummies guide to indian home cooking-Fabulous !

Devi Priya said...

Thank you for the compliment. Please let me know how the dishes are turning out. I will check your blog too.

The Optimistic Cynic said...

Just made this tonight and how yummy! I have been looking for a recipe for this soup, ever since I had it at a meditation retreat last year. Your recipe was excellent (I loved the precise measurements), although I only added one green chilli, as I'm a wimp when it comes to spice.

Glad I stumbled upon your blog and I'm looking forward to trying your other recipes -- especially the black bean curry.

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