Pachai payaru masala / Green moong dal masala for Chappati / Roti

Green gram or Pachai payaru in Tamil is fibre rich and protein rich. So, it is healthy, nutritious and tasty too. It makes a meal complete and wholesome. This can be sprouted to enhance its nutritious value. (I will add a separate video to show the home made sprouted grains).

This gravy is a quick and healthy recipe which is a perfect match for Chappathi / Roti.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients needed

  • Green gram dal / Pachai payaru – 1 cup
  • Onion(big) – 1 nos
  • Tomato – 2 nos
  • Chilli powder – 2 tbspn
  • Corriander powder – 1 tbspn
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Hing powder / Perungayam – 1tsp
  • Salt needed

For the seasoning

  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds -1 tsp
  • Urad dal – ½ tsp
  • Fennel seeds / Soambu – 1 tsp
  • Garlic / Poondu – 4 Pods
  • Green chilli – 2




  1. In a pressure cooker, add Whole green gram dal, chopped onions and tomatoes, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder
  2. Add enough water and place the lid and weight
  3. Pressure cook 6 to 7 whistles
  4. If the dal is not mushy means, cook for 3 or more whistles to make it mushy
  5. In a separate pan, add oil, mustard, urad dal and fennel seeds
  6. Then add chopped garlic, and green chillies
  7. Add it to the cooked dal
  8. Cook for 3 more minutes by adding little water


  • Hind powder/ Perungayam is a must; Since it is a DAL and we are having it for dinner, hing powder will helps in digestion
  • Pressure cook for as many as whistles until it cooks mushy.
  • If you have time, soak moong dal for 2 to 3 hours, which can reduce the number of whistles to cook it quickly
  • Storage and Shelf Life – This gravy will stay good for 2 days in the refrigerator. Left over can be used for Dosa next day. Add little sesame oil and saute it before serving with Dosa

Thank you. Please let me know your comments  and experience 🙂