Magic of Moong…

I love Moong (or Mung) beans a lot! They are soo tasty and packed with such rich nutrients. They are a favorite for Avy too. I have done a lot of recipe with both the unhusked green moong dal and the dehusked yellow moong dal. This is a very important source of protein in our household.

Ranging from pancakes, to sundal (kind of like a salad), to just boiled moong dal with rice we have tried a myriad of things with these lentils. I present here a recipe I just thought of the other day. Avy was a little fussy to eat his rice, so I made this hoping it will pack in some protein with the vegetables while making it interesting for him to eat. Avy happily just picked out the carrots while the rest of us enjoyed a lovely dish.

I present to you..the Radish-Carrot-Moong Curry.

Radish: About 3 if you are getting the fresh long ones, or one small packet if you are getting the round ones.

Carrots: About equal quantity (that day I had some frozen ones which I used)

Moong beans: About 1 cup soaked for about 30 mins. (I normally do the soaking first and then try and get the other work done like cutting the vegetables etc)

Ginger: About 1/2 inch, cut into small pieces

Green Chillies: 1 or 2 (I used only 1, as it was for the little one)

Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp

Salt-1/2 tsp

Canola Oil: 1 Tbsp

Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp

Urad dal; 1/2 tsp

Cilantro for garnish

Heat the oil in a skillet, when the oil is hot add the mustard seeds and let it start to sputter, then add the cumin seeds, the ginger and green chillie. Once these saute and the chillies start to change color add the radish,carrot, turmeric powder, salt and add a little water (if using frozen carrots, add the carrots about 5-7 minutes after adding the radish). Close the dish and let it cook in medium heat for about 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, take a small piece out and check with a fork to see if it is cooked. If the radish is cooked, the carrot will be too :). If not add a little more water and leave it on the stove for few more minutes. Once the radish is cooked, add the moong dal to the mixture and stir till all the ingredients mix.

Let it remain on the stove for about 5 minutes. Remove garnish with come Cilantro and enjoy!!

Radish as a vegetable is so rich in potassium, folic acid and a little unknown fact, it is a good source of calcium too. We all know the benefits of carrot. I think this will be a dish pleasing to both the adult and kids palate. Moms, try it out and let me know what your kids thought!!

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