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Green Gram

Spicy Green Gram
(Chatpata Moong)

Green Gram

Green gram (Moong) made spicy (chatpata) by stir-frying with spices. A very tasty quick-to-make Maharashtrian dish packed with nutrition.

Indian Vegetarian Recipes

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Serves: 4 
Cooking time (approx.):  minutes
Style: Indian Vegetarian (Maharashtrian)

1  cup(s) whole green gram soaked overnight
2  medium onion(s) chopped
4  green chillies finely chopped
½  teaspoon(s) each of turmeric and asafoetida powders
1  teaspoon(s) hot spice mix (garam masala)
2  tablespoons oil
2  teaspoon(s) lemon juice
salt to taste
finely chopped fresh coriander leaves to garnish

  1. Drain the soaked green gram, wash well and cook with a few tablespoons of water, salt and turmeric powder in a heavy-bottomed pan with a tight-fitting lid on very low level for about 10  minute(s) or till the gram is cooked but firm. Remove from pan and keep aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat the oil and fry the asafoetida and chopped green chillies for a few seconds. Add the chopped onions and saute till they are lightly browned. Add the hot spice mix (garam masala), cooked gram and salt to taste. Mix well and saute for a few seconds. Mix in a portion of the chopped coriander leaves and cook covered on low level for about 2  minutes. Put off the heat and mix in the lemon juice.
    Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.


  • As a variation, chopped tomatoes could be added and sauteed just before adding the cooked green gram.
  • To make the dish more nutritious, the green gram can be sprouted before cooking.

Serve hot with: Subtly Tempered Rice (Nucchi) or Indian bread (Roti, Chapati).

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