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Moong Dal Rasam (Pesara Pappu Charu)

Like bitter gourd curry and chappidi pappu, this moong dal rasam is again one of the recipes, only my mom prepares and very special to me. When I am out of ideas/vegetables or tired of too much food, I make this rasam. A small bowl of rasam with little bit of hot rice and ghee, on the side, a small piece of juicy lime pickle… just enough!

 Roasted Moong beans, Red Chilli Powder, Tamarind and Onion


1 cup yellow moong dal (pesara bedalu)
Onion, one – cut into chunks
½ tsp each- red chilli powder and turmeric
Small marble size tamarind pieces
Salt to taste

Preparation of Moong dal rasam(soup) is very simple. Roast moong dal lightly in an iron skillet to light brown color first. Let cool. Take the roasted dal in a pressure cooker, wash and then add onion, red chilli powder, turmeric, tamarind along with about a glass of water. Pressure cook to three whistles and turn off the heat. Once all the valve pressure is released, remove the lid. Add salt and mash the dal to smooth consistency.

In a seperate vessel, do the popu or tadka (toasting the mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves etc, in one teaspoon of oil/ghee). Add the smoothly mashed dal and two glasses of water. Have a taste and adjust the seasoning (salt, chilli and tamarind) to your liking. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat, strring in-between. My mothers comforting rasam will be ready.

Mung dal Rasam (Pesara Pappy Chaaru)
Moong dal rasam, ghee and rice ~ Giving a break to stomachs ~ Our simple Sunday meal.

Recipe Source: Amma

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Amma & Authentic Andhra,Moong Dal (Washed) (Monday November 28, 2005 at 9:28 am- permalink)
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  1. I love recipes like this…easy to make, and very comforting.

    I swear; we really are going to get a pressure cooker!

    It’s on the list of ‘must-gets’…but I think I’m getting my extra storage freezer first!

    Comment by Stephanie — November 28, 2005 @ 12:49 pm

  2. Stephanie.. I am seriously thinking of sending you, a pressure cooker as Christmas gift. 🙂 You know, I love you!

    Comment by Indira — November 28, 2005 @ 1:05 pm

  3. Hi Indira! I loved the contrast of colors in your post’s photo…

    Comment by Melissa — November 28, 2005 @ 3:26 pm

  4. I love you, too!

    Comment by Stephanie — November 28, 2005 @ 7:08 pm

  5. Hi Indira- that rasam rice looks inviting. I tried your first rasam recipe a couple of weeks back with fresh cumin-pepper powder. Needless to say it turned out fresh tasting compared to ones made with pre-made powders. This goes into my must-try rasam list along with your chana dal rasam. Thanks…

    Comment by mika — November 29, 2005 @ 10:35 am

  6. Hi Indira, Like your blog a lot…great pictures and interesting receipes. But more than all that I am truly amazed by the enthusiasm with which you post all your blogs. Keep up the good work.

    Indira says…
    Hello Anusha, Thanks for taking time and writing this nice comment about my blog.

    Comment by Anusha — November 29, 2005 @ 11:22 am

  7. instead of pressure cooking, is there any other way to prepare the beans?

    Indira says…
    Hi Rokh, you can cook all kinds of lentils, the old fashioned way (first soaking then cooking/simmering with water on stove top) . Only thing is it takes time, lot of time.

    Comment by rokh — December 1, 2005 @ 8:46 am

  8. Hi Indira,

    Found this blog by a lucky accident and have been looking at all the postings. Great great work. especially all the photos. I recently started a novice food blog myself and have been procrastinating uploading the pictures which are still in my camera 🙂

    You can count on me to keep coming back here!

    Indira says…
    Photos makes the recipe more colorful and cookable in my view. Thanks for your kind words. Looking forward to your visits and visiting your blog.
    Why didn’t you link to your food blog?

    Comment by GaramMasala — December 1, 2005 @ 3:56 pm

  9. i made this today. Its the most simple yet delicious ( with ghee its yummy )recipe .Its with lot of protien and with the least fat. i liked the idea of roasting the moong dal. It gives it a rich flavour. i made ur spinach dal too.And got to tell u that the taste of spinach dal is getting tastier day by day. I added one green chilli along with the red chilli powder. Taro root fry, spinach dal , moong rasam and rice and pappad are for lunch today..YUMMY !!! all these simple and healthy recipes are rally great for daily meal. Thanx for the recipes indira.

    Indira says…
    Wow, Priya.. Your lunch sounds wonderful, like a full thali meal. Eventhough I posted spinach dal recipe with red chilli powder(on that day, I didn’t have green chillies in stock), I often make it with green chillies only. Back home, they never use red chilli powder with spinach for dal. Next time try it like that only with green chillies, Priya. I am sure you are going to like it. Thanks for the comments and I love your enthusiasm.

    Comment by priya,ar — December 2, 2005 @ 1:01 pm

  10. Hi have been looking for spicy receipes for my husband which include legumes. I love your receipes. I want to copy all of them but takes too much coloured ink, How can I overcome this?
    Is there a book I can buy?

    Regards Natalie

    Comment by Natalie Weedon — December 8, 2005 @ 3:42 am

  11. Hi Natalie,
    I’m very glad you liked my recipes. Unfortunately, there is no book which could give you all these together. I might put these in a book in the future and I’ll update you, when I do it.

    Comment by Indira — December 8, 2005 @ 9:47 am

  12. Even though i fallowed the same method as she said..this dish came out bad!!!!.
    i didnt enjoy that:(…

    Comment by shwetha — February 12, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

  13. HI Indira

    I tried this today and loved it. Thank you so much for the simple and satisfying recipe.


    This is my amma’s recipe and a very comforting one for me. I am so happy to hear that you tried and liked it. Thanks Archana for taking time to post the comments. I know how busy you must be and I really appreciate your comments.
    Congratulations on adorable twins turning to 9 months. Looking forward to reading first birthday celebrations.

    Comment by archana — February 27, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

  14. hi,
    i made this curry today
    it tastes so goodd…
    thank you very much

    Comment by keerthy — March 12, 2007 @ 3:02 am

  15. Hi,

    Bumped in to blog accidentally. U r moong dal rasam recipe looks yummy. Would certainly give it a try today. thank u indra!

    Roopa Vinothkumar

    Comment by roopa — April 10, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

  16. Hi Indira,

    That looks so yummy. My grandma makes it the same way.
    I do the same with addition of tomato while pressure cooking, and add fresh corriander in the end. Tastes great!


    Comment by Swarna — July 24, 2007 @ 8:53 am

  17. Hi Indira,

    Its amazing that your blog has almost anything I feel like making!! I think you are doing a great job!
    Thanks for all the recipies.


    Comment by Manju — March 5, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

  18. this looks so good! I love your recipies!

    Comment by veena — March 10, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

  19. Hi, Your blog is fantastic. I found it by happy accident while doing a search for rosematta rice! Question on the rasam: I just purchased a pressure cooker, but it doesn’t have a whistle. Can you give me a time equivalent for 3 whistles? Thanks!

    Comment by Peter — November 18, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

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