Mooga Saru ( Greengram Soup )

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We prepare a variety of soups, the most popular being tomato soup and spring onion soup. Not sure many of you are familiar with the sprouted greengram soup. The Konkanis have this dish not just as soup, but as a side-dish with rice. As soups should, this soup acts as an appetizer thanks to the asafoetida in it.

I prepare this dish in combination with the Greengram Gravy that I just put up here and thats why I am putting up them up together. This combination is good for grand Sunday family dinner.

What you need to have:

1. Sprouted Green gram – 2 cups

2. Green chilis – 3-4

3. Tomato – 1

4. Asafoetida – size of a peanut

5. Chopped coriander leaves – a handful 29-1-2009-084

Sprouted Greengram Dal

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Red chily – 1

3. Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon

4. Curry leaves – 2 strands pict0037 Ingredients of seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Place broad based bowl on the flame with sprouted greengram in it. Add 3-4 cups of water and cook until the greengram is soft.

2. Drain the soup and transfer it to another bowl. (The greengram itself can be used in making the coconut based gravy dish.)

3. Chop tomato, slit green chili and add it to the soup from Step 2.

4. Dissolve soft asafoetida in some water and add it to the soup bringing it to boil. This is also a good time to add salt.

5. For seasoning: Place a spatula with 2 teaspoons of cooking oil in it. When heated add mustard seeds to it. When it sputters add red chily pieces, asafoetida powder, curry leaves to it and switch off the flame.

6. Add this seasoning to soup and top it with chopped coriander leaves. Ready to serve Mooga saru/soup is as shown in the image below.

20-11-2008-050 Mooga Saru/Soup

Enjoy hot with rice and any side dish.


3 thoughts on “Mooga Saru ( Greengram Soup )

    […] Moong in hindi – that is Hesrukalu in Kannada , Moogu in Konkani and Green gram in English. Sprouted grains is very good from the health point of view as well – look at the sprouted moong salad earlier on this blog. The dish I am putting up today – Moong Gashi – is considered a delicacy among the Konkanis, a favorite at home. It is almost mandatory on the menu at marriages and temple food. Do not forget to try the dish that is complementary with this – Mooga Saru. […]

    Priya said:
    February 15, 2009 at 10:48 am

    This is really delicious, good one n prefect for kids n adults…rich in proteins too..

    prathibalrao responded:
    February 16, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Hi Priya,

    This is ideal for the whole family.

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