Thursday, April 23, 2009

Raw Mango-Moong Dal Curry

As a child, I always looked forward to the summer season; mainly the summer vacation which brought with it all the flavours of the season, especially mangoes! My mouth waters at the thought of the raw mangoes we instant-pickled and ate, or the ripe ones we tore apart with our teeth and licked the juice running down our fingers-all freshly plucked out of the numerous mango trees scattered in my grandmother's enormous backyard. Those memories will always be cherished.

At home, Amma always uses raw mangoes in a lot of dishes, raw mango and coconut chutney, fish curries with mango and coconut gravy etc. After Vishu, I wanted to use the raw mangoes I had picked out for the Kani and was wondering what to do with them, since A does not like coconut chutney much (sad, but true!). So I decided to make Mango Dal with Moong Dal with it and adding the bottlegourd vegetable too.

To make the Raw Mango-Moon Dal Curry seen in the picture, you will need:

Moong Dal - 2 cups
Raw Mango - peeled, chopped large
Bottlegourd/ Dhoodhi - peeled, deseeded, cubed - 1 cup
Onion - chopped - 1 (optional)

Coconut - grated - 1/2 cup
Ginger - peeled and pounded - 2 tsp
Green chilly - sliced - 1 small
Coriander seeds powder - roasted - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds powder - roasted - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 strand
Asafeotida/ Hing - 1/4 tsp/ a pinch
Oil - 1 tsp

Salt - to taste


  • Wash the moong dal well and soak for about 15 minutes
  • In a pressure cooker, add dal, bottlegourd pieces and chopped onion with enough water and boil for 2-3 whistles
  • While it cools, grind raw mango pieces, grated coconut, green chilly and ginger along with the powders and salt into a smooth paste
  • Mix the paste into the cooked moong dal and bottlegourd vegetable and adjust consistency with water and bring to boil on low flame
  • Temper mustard seeds and curry leaves in oil with hing and season the curry

Serve with rice. It also goes well with chapathi if made thick.


Subhie Arun said...

new version to me...had try mango in toor dal..but not in moong dal//hx 4 sharing...grt click.

DEESHA said...

wow, Raw mango & moong dal, thatz really really yum

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Tangy Mangoes with lotta protein mmm sounds so delightful... After all the dishes you mentioned with mango I cant resist but wanna make them...

Valarmathi said...

New to me. I have one raw mango. Will try yours.

Cham said...

We get mangoes but they are not so sour like in India. Dhal and mango is great combo!

A_and_N said...

I love raw mango in anything!! But A is useless man!

Nags said...

Nice combinations! Anything with raw mangoes in it tastes yum no? My fave would be pacha manga chammanthi. Drool!

Priti said...

I love this dal too Shreya...simple and delicious..umm your post is forcing me to do something...coming up is new FF summer event..I'm yet to announce ;)....then you can send the dal :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey S, long time no see... mango dal looks great.

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely curry

Uma said...

dal looks so rich and yummy! Would love to eat it with hot rice and ghee :)

bee said...

i have some frozen raw mango. gotta dig it out of the freezer and try this.

Divya Vikram said...

Mango n moong dhall sounds like a yummy combo!

Vaishali said...

Just delicious, Shreya, and you've made my mouth water too. I keep seeing the raw mangoes on my visits to Indian stores, but I don't usually pick them-- you can be sure I will the next time.

Supriya Nair said...

Wow...this looks nice...the raw mango defintely rocks in this curry...tnx for the recipe...I am trying this one..

Suparna said...

My first time here :) u have a pleasant looking blog with real authentic recipes.
Loved the sardine fries, ur vishu arrangement looks wonderful :)belated greetings to u.
Love the Raw Mango Dal it's my season's favourite.

notyet100 said...

have some raw mango at home i guess i will prepare this soon,..

Purva Desai said...

This is new for me....will try this soon

Homecooked said...

This curry looks really good! I love raw mangoes in anything :)

Sireesha said...

Love raw mangoes in any form...Curry looks very delicious...How r u?

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