Moong Ghashi (Coconut based Greengram Gravy)

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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.

What you need to have:

1. Sprouted Green gram – 1 cup

2. Chopped Yam – 1 cup

Sprouted Green gram

Yam and the plant behind

What you do with what you have:

1. Sprout the green gram at home by soaking it in water overnight. Drain water next morning, just tie it in a cloth and keep it aside for about 6-8 hours. By then it will have sprouted and is shown in the image above. Again soak it in water the next night. Morning it will be sprouted completely and you will be able to peal the skin.

2. Peal yam and chop it into small pieces.


3. Cook sprouted green gram directly on the flame in a skillet, adding salt and 4-5 glasses of water so that it is not overco0ked. Drain the water ( this is to be used to make the Mooga Saru ( soup ) and keep it aside.

20-11-2008-042Cooked Greengram

4. Cook chopped yam in the cooker adding a pinch of turmeric powder and salt till it is soft.

Cooked yam pieces

Ingredients of Masala:

1. Fresh grated coconut – 3/4 cup

2. Red chily – 3-4 (less spicy)

3. Tamarind or Bilimbi – 1/2 Teaspoon OR 2-3

4. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

20-11-2008-039Ingredients of Wet Masala

5. Place a spatula with 1 teaspoon of oil in it on the flame and fry red chilly in it. Grind the above shown ingredients of wet masala including the fried red chillies in the grinder adding water in steps to a fine consistency.

20-11-2008-041Ground Wet Masala

6. Transfer cooked Greengram and yam from steps 3 and 4 into a broad based bowl and add ground wet masala from step 5 to it. Add required quantity of salt and water to make gravy to the dish and bring it to boil stirring every once a while.


Ingredients of Seasoning

Ingredients of seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Red chilly – 1

3. Asafoetida powder – 1 Teaspoon

4. Curry leaves – 2 strands

Place a spatula with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil on the flame. On heating, add mustard seeds to it. On sputtering add asafoetida power, red chilly pieces, and lastly curry leaves and switch off the gas. Pour it into the dish from step 6. Serve hot with rice as lunch side dish.

20-11-2008-048Ready to serve Mooga ghashi

How long it takes: 45 minutes (other than sprouting)

Number of servings: 4-5 people

Good to remember

1. One can use raw banana, potato, bread fruit, raw jack pieces, Drum stick  as a combination for this dish. Here I have used yam as a combination.

2. You may also add onions to the seasoning.


15 thoughts on “Moong Ghashi (Coconut based Greengram Gravy)

    Mooga Saru ( Greengram Soup ) « The Indian Food Court said:
    February 15, 2009 at 5:46 am

    […] prepare this dish in combination with the Greengram Gravy that I just put up here. I will get into the details […]

    Divya said:
    February 15, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hi Prathiba..lovely pictures and good step by step instructions with pictures.Love this ghashi and I recently made it with Keerlu-bamboo shoots.Do check it out –

    Priya said:
    February 15, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Delicious gravy , looks too awesome..

    Pavithra Kodical said:
    February 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Wow..Delicious and yummy recipe..I too make with Yam and add chickpeas..Will post in my blog soon 😉

    prathibalrao responded:
    February 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Divya ,

    You have a lovely blog and i liked your version of the recipe too.

    prathibalrao responded:
    February 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Pavithra,

    I know your combination is the menu for most of our weddings. Thanx a lot for ur comments.

    prathibalrao responded:
    February 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Priya,

    Your blog is lovely. This dish is an altime favorite of all of us at home.

    Trupti said:
    February 16, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Moong Gravy looks very the photo

    prathibalrao responded:
    February 16, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Hi Trupti,

    Good to hear from you and thanx a lot.

    gowri said:
    February 17, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    wow lovely.. my fav. Can you pass that bowl please??? thanks for sharing.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Gowri,

      Thanx a ton for your response.

    Shyam said:
    August 26, 2009 at 8:34 am


    Excellent work. Even the Konkanis who have forgotten how to prepare the traditional dishes, would be greatly benefited.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 26, 2009 at 8:46 am

      Hi Shyam,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Even though the dish is tradtional as u say, it is even to this day is the favorite of both my kids!!!!!!

    Dr gurudatt shenoy said:
    October 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

    excellent prep

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 18, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Hi Dr gurudat shenoy,

      Thanx a lot for your comments which could be a feed back to me for this recipe. Please do pass on the link of this blog among your friends community.

      On Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 8:27 AM, The Indian Food Court wrote:


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