Mung Dal Chaat

The mung bean is one of the healthiest members of the legume family. Here’s a snappy chaat recipe with this healthy bean.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time: 40 min

Ingredients

Mung dal (split green gram) : 1/2 cup
Carrot (grated) : 1/2 cup
Pomegranate seeds : 1/2 cup
Cabbage – very thinly sliced : 1/4 cup
Green raw mango – chopped into small pieces : 1/4 cup
Fresh coriander leaves/dhania – finely chopped: 2 tbsp
Fresh mint leaves/pudina – finely chopped : 2 tbsp
Black Peppercorns (coarsely crushed) : 2 tsp
Chaat masala : 1 tsp
Lemon juice : 2 tsps
Jaggery powder : 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Method

  • Clean, rinse, and soak the mung dal in water for 30 minutes. Drain well.
  • Put 3 cups of water, the mung dal, and some salt in a broad pan and cook it on medium flame until it is half done. Stir occasionally to make sure the grains of the dal don’t stick together.
  • Strain the dal using a strainer. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Then combine all the ingredients, including the mung dal, in a large bowl, and toss them well.
  • Serve immediately.

Did you know? The mung bean is one of the healthiest members of the legume family. It boasts a wide array of nutrients, including folate, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6. This little bean is said to be a powerful defense against several chronic, age-related conditions – controlling diabetes, preventing cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and even cancer. In Ayurveda, mung beans are recommended for all the three fundamental doshas that make up one’s constitution.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published in Isha Forest Flower May 2015. Download as PDF on a “name your price, no minimum” basis or subscribe to the print version.