Mugache  Pandhre Birde | Moong Birda |Green Gram Curry


Mugache Pandhre Birde  – literally means White Curry made from Green gram. This dal/ curry is a traditional dish made by the Maharashtrian CKP community on Mondays in the month of Shravan. Sprouted Moong (green gram) is peeled and is used to make this curry with minimal masalas and no oil. Though blandish in appearance, this is a super delicious dal/ curry and pairs fantastically with steamed rice. This dal/curry with a dash of lime can be had all by itself like a soup too and needless to say it is a nutritious dish.  Here’s the recipe:


1 cup sprouted green gram (moong)
1 tsp chopped green chillies (hari mirch)
¼ cup fresh grated coconut (nariyal)
1 tbsp black pepper powder (kali mirch)
Salt as per taste (namak)
Few Lemon wedges – to squeeze over the birda while serving


  • Take the sprouted moong in the big bowl.
  • Add water to it and deskin the moong.  
  • Transfer the peeled moong to a pressure cooker.
  • Add chopped green chillies and 1 ½ cups of water.
  • Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles. 
  • In the meantime, blend the grated coconut and black pepper powder to a smooth paste.
  • Once the steam of the pressure cooker escapes fully, open the cooker.
  • Add the ground paste to it.
  • Add salt and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. 
  • While serving the Moong  birda, add lemon juice and serve with steamed rice. I have even sprinkled some black pepper powder on the birda while serving.

Note :

  • Traditionally Mugache Pandhre Birde is made with peeled moong. However, I can understand that peeling the moong is a very tedious and time consuming process. Hence, unpeeled sprouted moong can also be used in this recipe and it will taste equally good.
  • This dish is made without onion and garlic. But you can even use onion and garlic, if you wish.




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