Monday, April 19, 2010

Whole moong with brinjals cooked with tamarind and coconut

Research says physical activity improves student performance. We pay much more attention when research validates something that we intutively know. Outdoors and exposure to fresh air provides the stimulation that not only the body but the mind also craves. I read somewhere that getting out and just staring at a tree does a whole deal of good than doing nothing at all.

Over the weekend we did our annual spring cleanup. The pond was teeming with tadpoles and turtles and provided great learning opportunity for the kids who participated. The pond area also attracts a lot of birds, ducks, cranes and hawks. The physical activity of bending up and down gives the body a total workout with the muscles protesting painfully the next day but the satisfication to see the area clean is well worth the discomfort.

Now on to the recipe,
Green is good applies to the food we eat. Tasty whole moong paired with some green beans with some coconut, green chili paste was what I was planning. The few leftover green beans were not suitable for consumption and all I had were a few brinjals. Nothing pairs well like brinjals and tamarind and this curry was born. Pairs well with rice or chapatis.

Whole moong with brinjals cooked with tamarind and coconut
1. 1 cup whole moong beans cooked (take care not to turn them to mush)
2. 5-6 brinjal chopped into small pieces
3. 4-5 shallots chopped fine
4. garlic cloves a few chopped
5. 1/2 cup of tamarind pulp from a small grape sized piece
6. 1/2 tbsp sambhar powder + 2 tsp tamrind powder
7. seasonings: mustard seeds 1/2 tsp , methi seeds a few, cumin seeds and curry leaves
8. 1 tsp ghee or oil

For the paste
1. 1 1/2 tbsp grated coconut
2. 3 green chilies
3. 1 tsp cumin seeds

Blend to a paste with a bit of water

1. Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed pan, add the seasonings and when the mustard starts to pop
2. add the chopped shallots,garlic and saute for a few minutes followed by the chopped brinjal and saute for a few more minutes.
3. Add the sambhar powder,turmeric powder and give it a good mix. Add the tamarind water and let it come to a boil and let it cook till the brinjal is soft.
4. Add the cooked moong dal, salt and let it boil for 5-6 minutes.

Serve with rice or chapatis.

Off this goes to MLLA-22 hosted by dear Sowjanya of the tasteful Ruchika Cooks, an event originally started by Susan - Well Seasoned Cook.


  1. Indo, a simple and great tasting curry.
    For us we have very few sunny & bright days and even when it does, it is pretty cold outside most of the time.
    I agree with you that getting outside does make us feel a lot better, I have experienced it myself. I cannot sit inside my home for more than two days straight.

  2. Brinjals and tamarind always reminds me of kothsu..this looks like interesting combo like rasavangi..some dosas and it will be heaven :)

  3. sounds very rustic..brinjals and tamarind makes a nice combo.

  4. In santiniketan we celebrate Gandhiji's birthday by cleaning our university. great idea of spring clean up. love the dal as well. here its scorching right now. nothing matches light food like this.

  5. This is new to me. I make mung dal and brinjal curry separately but never have had tried together. Nice and healthy. :)

  6. Green moong with just brinjals sounds great ISG, especially with the addition of tamarind and coconut. Am sure I'll love this new combi. :-)

  7. Hey Indo.. needless to say, I am a big proponent of "just getting out of the house" :)

    Glad you had a good time spring cleaning with the kids. I remember when we used to study about the life cycle of a frog in school! Suddenly the croaking frogs and squiggly tadpoles in monsoons were more noticeable to me after those lessons! :)

    Your eggplant and moong combo sounds so unusual. Will keep in mind! Thanks!

  8. I love brinjals cooked with tamarind.
    Combining it with whole moong sounds delicious!!

  9. this is simple and unique type of dish. Will give it a try sometime soon.

  10. You make such a good point- evidence-based findings do carry credibility but whatever happened to common sense?

    How wonderful of you to participate in cleaning your surroundings.

  11. I hardly cook with moongdal. I think i have a packet in my shelf. This curry looks really yummy. Especially with chapthies like you said. Going to make them once. Just that shyama will have to pickout the brinjal.

  12. i have never cooked brinjal with moong. nice combo

  13. Wow, lovely combo. Instead of tamarind if you add green mangoes they toot taste great! I want this curry with some ragi kali!

  14. Love the sound of this curry, perfect with some phulkas or rice!

  15. You are right, physical work outside does rejuvenate, it is still chilly here though.

    I think I have tasted this dish and have loved it always from someone else's lunch box.

  16. brinjal and moong is a new combo and looks really very yummy, musy a try for me!

  17. What a unique combination - I'm bookmarking to try. Sounds absolutely delicious.

  18. Don't think I've ever eaten this. I'm fixated on that lovely smooth-as-a-baby's-bottom dish that you put the curry in!

  19. I am liking this new combo of brinjal and moong! Give me some rice and some pickle on the side. I wish I could enjoy the nature more during this beautiful time of the year.. my allergies are killing me:-(

  20. i so agree with you! if you tell people as a "study finding" what they should have known all-along, it seems somehow more credible; for example eat more fruits and veggies.. you don't need a thorough study to tell you that! Anyway, brinjals and moong sounds like a great combo.

  21. I really admire your awareness and initiative in taking care of the community/environment... every little effort counts!
    Since most people including me always walk a lot (to work/school/shopping anything), so I already consider it as a work out :P This flavorful moong dish will be ideal for after my "exercise" next time!

  22. Thanks, Gattina. The pond with its creatures and the greenery give us immense pleasure, so this is a small payback compared to that.

    That is Europe and that bit of exercise is all people need for body and soul, here in the States we like to drive, even if it is just down the road :(

  23. The pairing of whole moong with brinjal is new to me.
    Watched the Food Inc on KERA yesterday and did not have the guts to see the whole thing. The part where the chicken is handled that is when I walked out..... came back to see the corn part, but made me sick in the stomach.


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