Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Khatta Mung or Mug - Green Moong Beans in Yogurt Gravy

"Mum, why don't any of us have any nicknames ? " daughter asked me while she was watching T20 !

The T20 format, it's the most addictive because it has everything ! Star studded event where cricket meets Bollywood, International and Indian cricketers gets together and puts a thriller and climax show for ecstatic spectators while try to play a starring role. When players hits fours and sixes, DJ plays numbers of popular tracks, cheerleaders dances on some unique steps and crowd goes wild and intoxicated. Unlike an ODI match this format ends in 3-4 hours like a bollywood movie. Because this format is a complete entertainment my family never misses any of it.

While you keep a close eye on the scoreboard or if the batsman is out, there is so much other dramas to see and hear. One thing we noticed that many players are known more by their nicknames than their actual names. The most hilarious ones are 'Bumble' for David Lloyd and 'Sir Jadeja' for Ravindra Jadeja.

I grew up in a family where no nicknames were given to any of us siblings, as your grandmother wanted to call us by our actual name all the time, she was against in having or giving nickname to her kids as she never wanted us to be confused and not have understand our real name. Also by giving us nickname she didn't want to make us a laughing stock in front of others. Actually she never wanted to call us with short name either, she always called us with our full name, like my name is Jagruti, she never called me 'Jagu' or 'Jagti', and so I followed your grandma's footstep and did not give you any nickname and also I did make sure that we give you and your brother short names so the names are can be enough on their own..I replied :) and rushed in the kitchen to switch off the cooker, it was time to make khatta Mug or Moong as they were already boiled in the pressure cooker and ready to cook.

Mug or Moong beans curry, is a regular in almost every Gujarati households on Wednesday, in my house also. Mainly we Gujaratis are predominantly vegetarian, thus we always look out for healthy vegetarian proteins and Moong is one of them. I cook a different variety of Mug curry. Most of the time gravy based but sometimes I make dry moong beans too with Gujarati Kadhi, and Lasanwala Mug- Moong beans curry with garlic when I am in hurry. Moong beans curry, in our house always considered as an absolutely comforting food!

Khatta Mug translates Sour Moong Curry, is a traditional Gujarati dish. Whole moong beans cooked in a spicy yogurt gravy, thus it becomes sour. As a child, I used to love extremely sour stuff, but as I got older I prefer to eat less sour food, age has it effects you see :)  but Gujarati Khatta Mug are an exception!

My mum used to prepare Khatta Mug quite often, but her recipe was different than how I make khatta Mug. You know with such recipe, no two people will have the same way of making them. This is how I make my version with basic ingredients including garlic, yogurt and besan ( chickpea flour ). With besan, curry becomes little creamy and doesn't hit the throat. It pairs well with steamed rice or Jeera and peas rice or roti and paratha makes a great combo too.

It's a finger-licking good protein-packed bowl, too good to miss!

Khatta Mung, Gujarati Khatta Mug
Gujarati Indian
Yield: 4-6 servings



Khatta Mug is a classic dish of Gujarati cuisine. So simple and easy yet tasty and nutritious. In this recipe, whole moong beans are cooked with spicy yogurt gravy.
prep time: 2 hourcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 2 H & 45 M


  • 250 g moong beans
  • 250 g sour low fat yogurt whisked
  • 1 tbsp. chickpea flour - besan
  • 1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 medium green chillies crushed
  • to taste Salt
  • 2-3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • Pinch hing
  • 1-2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 2-3 Red chillies dry
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin and coriander powder
  • Pinch garam masala
  • handful Freshly chopped coriander



  1. Clean, wash and soak moong beans in warm water for a minimum 2 hours.
  2. Discard the water. 
  3. Add new water and moong beans into the pressure cooker.
  4. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistle, allow the cooker cool naturally.
  5. Meanwhile combine the yogurt , besan, chilli powder and turmeric powder.
  6. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds when they splutter add hing, dry red chillies and curry leaves. 
  7. Immediately add green chillies and ginger-garlic paste and saute for few seconds.
  8. Add cumin and coriander powder, garam masala and cooked moong.
  9. Mix everything well, now add yogurt mixture and little water if moong curry looks too thick.
  10. Add salt and simmer the moong curry for 8-10 minutes while stirring constantly.
  11. When it's done, garnish with the freshly chopped coriander and serve with rice and roti.
  12. Enjoy!


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  1. This recipe looks yummy... Am planning to make it today. Thanks

  2. The moong curry looks divine .. I will surely make it.. :)
    Congratulations to the winner !

  3. I will definitely try this...


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