Aarsi’s Ultimate Whole Mung Bean Lentils

“This is a healthy vegetarian Indian food recipe. Mung Bean Lentils is one of my favorites because it is hearty yet deliciously simple, making it perfect for a stodgy and warming meal of lentils and rice.”
3hrs 10mins
6 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the whole mung beans to get rid of any dirt.
  2. Soak them in fresh water for at least one hour.
  3. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and add bay leaf, cloves, asafetida, cumin seeds, ginger, green chili, garlic and onions. Sauté until the onions are golden brown.
  4. Add tomatoes along with red chili powder and garam masala. Combine all the ingredients and place a lid. Cook this for eight minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  5. Remove the lid. Add 4 Cups of water to this along with the drained beans and salt. Combine and place the pressure cooker lid with the whistle on.
  6. On medium heat, cook this until four whistles go off. You might have to cook it longer, depending on the type of pressure cooker you are using.
  7. Switch off the gas. Let the pressure cooker cool down.
  8. Remove the lid and check if the lentils are soft and adjust the salt level.
  9. If the lentils appear to be a little andante, place the pressure cooker back on the stove with the lid on and wait for another two whistles to go off.
  10. Repeat step 8.
  11. Garnish with Juliann fresh ginger and serve hot to your loved ones!
  12. Tips: This recipe can be turned to ‘Mung Bean Soup’ by adding more water.
  13. Number of whistles will depend on the duration for which the lentils were soaked in water. Longer the soak time, less whistles it will require.
  14. However, soak the lentils no longer then two hours.

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