Moongdal/ Split green gram Sambar

I have earlier posted various sambar recipes . This is different from them . Today I give you sambar made of moongdal or split green gram dal. It tastes different from Toor Dal in which normally sambar are made.



Moongdal / Split green gram dal – 3/4 cup

Mixed veggies – 1/2 cup ( I used cauliflower florets, carrots and potatoes)

Onion – 1/4 cup chopped

Tomato – 1 medium sized chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Sambar powder –  1 1/2 tbsp

Asafoetida – a generous pinch

Salt – as required

Tamarind – a small lemon size

To temper

Oil – 1 tsp

Ghee – tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Jeera seeds – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Coriander leaves – few


  • Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup water. Extract tamarind pulp. Keep aside.
  • Pressure cook moongdal with required water for 2 whistles.
  • Add all cubed veggies, onions and tomatoes to cooked moongdal.
  • Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and Asafoetida. Add required water.
  • Let the veggies get cooked in medium flame. I don’t pressure cook after adding veggies.
  • When the veggies are cooked, add tamarind pulp and required salt.
  • Let it boil. When the raw smell of tamarind goes, remove the pan from flame.
  • Heat oil and ghee in another pan. Temper all ingredients under ‘ to temper’ and add to the cooked sambar.
  • Serve along with hot rice , idli, dosa or pongal.
Moongdal Sambar



  • You can add veggies of your choice.
  • If you don’t have Sambar powder, add 1 tsp of red chilli powder and 2 tsp of coriander powder.
  • Adjust spice level up to your palatte.
  • Spice level I given here is mild.

17 thoughts on “Moongdal/ Split green gram Sambar

  1. Growing up, my mom used a pressure cooker 2-3 times a week as a way to speed up meal preparation so we could all eat together as a family. With nine kids, scheduling could be a hassle – there was always a practice, rehearsal, or game to get to.

    Now, I don’t even own one!

    Though it would take longer, would I get the same results with simmering or using a slow cooker?

    Thanks! 😉

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    1. In contrast, I never seen my mom used pressure cooker to cook dals, soak dals in water for atleast 20 minutes, then add in boiling water and cook in medium flame till cooked. Tastes great too ☺. Try it.. Eager to know your feedback ☺

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