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Allo - Moong Daal Vadi Curry

I make Allo-Moong Daal Vadi Curry when I have no vegetable in the fridge. I always stalk my pantry with Moong vadi and Nutrela Soya Nuggets, they really come handy in times of grocery crisis. Adding Moong vadis to potato makes it a very healthy combo as moong daal is a power house of proteins

Info on Moong Daal Vadi:
Moong daal vadi is available in any Indian store through out USA. I currently have "Sona" brand. I usually buy it but here is how you can make it at home:

Soak yellow moong daal for 4 hourst --> grind it without water in a processor --> add salt, pepper and chillie --> pipe it out using a cone into small mounds on a cookie tray --> sun dry it for 2-3 days or bake it in the oven to completely dry it --> store it in an air-tight container [I keep mine in the freezer for long shelf-life]

Moong Vadi - 1 cup
Potato - 1 big
Onion - 1 medium
Tomato - 1.5 medium
Cilantro leaves [coriander] for garnishing
Oil - 2 tbsp or more to cook
Water as required

Cumin - 1tsp
Asafoetidia [hing]- 2 dashes

Powder Spices:
Turmeruic - 1tsp
Corriander powder - 1.5 tsp
Garam masala [MDH brand] - 1 tsp
Madras curry powder [MDH brand] - 1tsp
Red chillie powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Peel potatoes and cut them into big cubes and keep it submerged in plain water.
Chop onions and tomatoes and keep it aside

Heat 2tbsp oil in a cooker and pan fry moong vadis on low heat. Once fried, keep them on a paper towel to drain excess oil [ you can also deep fry vadis, but I like to pan fry in order to cut down the oil intake]

In the same pan pour more oil, once hot add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Now add 2 dashes of hing. Add chopped onion and cook till they are pinkish in color

Now throw in chopped tomatoes and cook for a while on medium heat. Add all the powder spices and mix well and let it cook

Once the onion-tomato gravy starts to dry add some water and puree the mixture inside the cooker using hand blender [Cuisinart] or a regular blender [if using regular blender, then after blending the gravy transfer back to the cooker]

Add potato cubes to the onion-tomato gravy followed by fried moong vadis. The gravy will coat potatoes and vadis. Cook it for 1 minutes and then add 2 or more cups of water and pressure cook. Release the pressure after 1 whistle [once you have released the pressure check if potatoes are done, if not then just boil for some more time without pressure]

Pour the curry in a serving dish and garnish with cilantro leaves. This curry goes well with plain rice, rotis[chapati] or puris


Parita said…
Lovely dish..i have never made curry using moong dal vadi's..though i have used them in kadhi's and dals..will try this next time i make moong dal vadi
Suparna said…
aloo with moong vadi wow yummm with hot rice.Using Madras curry powder is new to me,it's an interesting recipe when other veggies aren't in stock.
Prathibha said…
Yummy curry.....I am keeping my eye on these vadi's from quite a long time, next time i find this i will do this..
Varunavi said…
This dish is new to me,looks great :)
One of my punjabi friend gave me tried it ,it was good....
anudivya said…
I have not used Moong vadis before, what are they?
Looks really nice.
Cilantro said…
New recipe to me. will have to try it out soon.
Sweta said…
Never tried mung vadi-sounds great adding it to potatoes.A good protein+carb combo!!
Pooja said…
Delicious one Renu :) New recipe to me as well :)
Pooja said…
simple and yummy one..
Lovely dish. Moong Vadi is totally new. Is it called Moong vadi or is there any name for it. Will buy it when going for grocery shopping, let me know.
Mary Ann Allen said…
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Renu said…
Thank you girls for liking this recipe....I am surprised lot of you haven't heard about it...its a typical North Indian dish prepared every now and then.

I bought Moong Daal Vadi of "Sona" brand from an Indian store. It is usually kept in the cooler section.I have added more info on Moong daal vadi in the blog.
Renu said…
Thank you Marry Ann Allen for adding me...I remembered you but cudn't get time to add or visit your blog until now. You have a wonderful blog!!!!
Purva Desai said…
First time to this delicious blog......this curry looks tempting
Divya Vikram said…
Havent tried vadis. looks too good with rice.
Hari Chandana said…
Hi.. I am a new blogger...
lovely dish.. and wonderful clicks.. thank you :)
Moong vadi curry is so new to me!! shall check out @ Indian Groceries and make them soon!!!
Chitra said…
hello renu, iam here for first time..u have a nice blog..this vada curry looks yumm...have BM it:)
Priti said…
Umm how nice and simple...I love vadi with anything...allo is best combo ofcoz
Renu said…
Thank u try it out and let me know how it comes out !
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Pavithra said…
Lovley dish .. i have never made it .. will try it out.. and i have noted down the recipe.I have tasted in my friends place we like taste too.

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