Thursday, April 27, 2006

A Ton Of Protein # 2 - Moong Dal Kosumbari

Moong Dal Kosumbari

I had this dish from Karnataka for the first time a little over a year ago. End of March 2005 it was. I had it at a get-together arranged by my parents-in-law in Bangalore, India. Although the catering was done by a contractor, the food had a 'cooked-at-home' taste. It was served on banana leaves and comprised of some 10 different items. All just too good to resist. And...then...I...*drool* *drool* *drool*

So, where was I? Aah yes, the Kosumbari and why I liked it as soon as I had the first morsel.
a) It uses uncooked Moong Dal in a salad with carrot and tomato. Very exotic for my tongue.
b) It uses no chillis. Only powdered pepper for the heat. Exotic again.
c) Raw curry leaves. Hmmm...very exo...well, you get the point.

The best part of it is that I didn't have to ask anybody for the recipe. I just knew it once I ate the dish. However, since I can't give you the taste of it and ask you to guess the ingredients, I'll just go ahead and list them for you here.

One note before we start: Please do not forget to add ginger to this dish, because otherwise it can be a little difficult to digest, since the Moong dal isn't cooked. The ginger should make it easily digestible, though.

Clockwise from left: tomato, ginger, curry leaves, Moong dal, lime, grated carrot, coriander leaves

Recipe for Moong Dal Kosumbari - My second recipe for A Ton Of Protein

Serves 3-4.


¼ cup Moong dal (split, skinned green gram)
1 carrot
1 tomato
2 tbsp grated coconut (optional)
¼ tsp powdered black pepper
1 loosely packed cup coriander leaves
8-10 curry leaves
½ tsp lime juice
1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
½ tsp sugar (optional, and the quantity depends also upon the sourness of lime and tomato)
salt to taste

1 tsp oil
¼ tsp mustard seeds


1. Soak the Moong dal for one hour in just enough water (about ½ cup), so that you do not have to throw away the excess later.

2. After an hour, grate the carrot. Chop the tomato fine. Chop the coriander leaves. You could tear the curry leaves with your fingers, if you like. I don’t do this, because I am not happy ruining their pretty shape.

Clockwise from bottom left: Soaked Moong dal, grated coconut and carrot, powdered pepper, lime, oil, mustard seeds, coriander leaves

3. Mix all the ingredients mentioned in Step 2 in a serving bowl. Add grated coconut, if using. Add the seasoning (salt, sugar, pepper).

4. Drain the Moong dal and add it to the rest of the ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

5. Now heat oil in a pan or a Tadka Ladle. Once it is nice and hot, add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Once they stop popping, add this Tadka to the salad.

Serve as a side dish with phulka/chapattis/rice and some curry.

This Kosumbari can also be prepared with half a cup of Moong sprouts and grated & drained cucumbers. Do you know what I do? If I prepare the Kosumbari with carrot for lunch, and if there are leftovers, then I cover them and put them into the fridge. In the evening, I add the required amount of Moong sprouts & grated cucumber to it and adjust the seasoning. This way, I don't have to make a new dish from scratch and my leftovers get used in a semi-new avtaar. So smart, no? :) :)

Moong Dal Kosumbari served here with chapati and Gherkin-Cashew nut Upkari by Ashwini


Luv2cook said... bookmarked list of recipes to try has been ever increasing. I probably would never make one dish twice at this rate in my entire life.. :)

Thanks for the recipe..

Ashwini said...

I looooove moong dal kosumbari. Its like my "dont want to cook but want something with chapatis" kind of thing! I am glad you liked my favorite upkari.

Santhi said...

I make this kosambri all the time vaishali.
And i like eating it just as it is.
Cook pic...

Vaishali said...

L2C, I am going through this very problem. I have 17 recipes bookmarked for myself in the last few days. I have managed to try out only three so far. To really try out all of them at a good rate, I guess we will have to begin having 5-6 meals a day. :)

Ashwini, I like your description of it.

Which pic shall I cook, Santhi. :) I know it's a typo. You meant cool pic, didn't you?

Anonymous said...

it is amazing sometimes how a simple looking salad can actually double up as a sabji along with rotis, isnt it?

Lakshmi said...

i luv this dish, even i prepare with a slight deviation...will add lemon juice and chaat masala also....

Vaishali said...

That's so true, Anon. Thanks for stopping by.

Lakshmi, Chaat Masala? Hmmm...need to try it out. I already have a feeling that it'll taste good. Thanks.

Tanuja said...

Hi vaishali,

I do this dish the same way but mine has a flavour of fresh grated coconut also to it.

Priya Bhaskaran said...

vaishali, the picture looks exotic and very healthy:)

Vaishali said...

Tanuja, do you add more coconut then?

Priya, yes, the dish is indeed very healthy.

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TheTasteTinkerer said...

Hi Vaishali
Made this recipe yesterday and excluded the coconut and curry leaves but added mint leaves- great results, simple recipe full of fresh flavors!


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