Monday, February 22, 2016

Moong dal -Carrot Cooked Kosumbari (Palya)

Kosumbari/Salad is a healthy dish. I have used moong dal and carrot to prepare this kosumbari/salad. This time it is cooked together on low flame and they are just soft (not over cooked) and is nice to eat. It can be served as one of the side dish. You can eat a bowlful and enjoy.

Moong dal & carrot kosumbari can be called as Palya/dry curry also. We can have this kosumbari with plain rice, chapatis, rotis, dosa, bread or buns (use as stuff inside the buns or bread and prepare sandwich) and even you can spread (top up) on the roasted pappad. (Any variety of papad). Use your own creativity and enjoy eating Moong dal -carrot kosumbari.
I have used Moong dal, carrots, green chilly, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
Lets see some benefits of eating Curry leaves in our diet.
Curry leaves plant is native of Indian and found in tropical and subtropical regions. They contain various antioxidant properties. They are good for indigestion, diarrhea, diabetes and balancing cholesterol in our body. It is said that, they help to protect the liver. According to Ayurveda, curry leaves contain many medicinal properties like anti-diabetic, anti oxidant, antimicrobial, anti inflammatory and hepato protective properties. (Capacity to protect liver from damage). Curry leaves contain carbohydrates, energy, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, copper and minerals. It is full of varies vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B vitamin E and amino acids. Curry leaves are good for Eye sight, controlling cholesterol and good for healthy hair.
Lets see the recipe now :


To cook :
Moong dal : 1/2 Cup
Carrot : 2 to 3
Seasoning :
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid dal: 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Ingh: a pinch
Curry Leaves : 8 to 10
Green chilly : 2
To Add :
Coconut : 1/2 Cup ( 3 Tablespoons)
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons
Ginger : Small piece
Salt : as required
Method :
1. Wash and soak moong dal for 5 minutes. Remove the water and keep it aside.
2. Wash and remove the outer layer of carrots and cut into small.
3. Wash and cut coriander leaves, green chilly (Slit in between) and curry leaves.
4. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash again and grate it. Grate coconut.
5. Now keep a pan and heat. Add oil. Add mustard seeds and urid dal.
6. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add jeera and cut chilly. Fry for 10 seconds.
7. Add curry leaves and ingh/Asafoetida. Add washed moong dal and fry nicely for 1 to 2 minutes.

8. Add cut carrots and mix it well. Add little turmeric powder and grated ginger.

9. Add 1/2 cup of water and cover the lid. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. (I have used pressure cooker).
10. Remove the cover and let all the moisture disappear. Add salt.

11. Mix it nicely and add grated coconut and put off the gas.

12. Add cut coriander leaves and shift Moong-Carrot kosumbari to a serving dish.

Note :

I have used small pressure cooker.  (Just 2 to 3 whistle). You can cook in a pan and make sure it is not over cooked. Frying moong dal taste better and it is nice to eat. Using more oil is optional. Adding garlic and onions are optional. Adding coconut to the curry is also optional. Adding more/less chilly is according to your taste. You can also add little chat masala or garam masala to the curry. (optional). Taste differ
Time : 15 minutes
Serves : 4
You can have spread this curry on any type of papad and have Masala Papad. Prepare this when you are ready to serve. Spread moong -carrot palya on the top of the papad and sprinkle little chat masala on the top.
You can also use this kosumbari to stuff inside the buns or  bread,


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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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