Green Moong Daal Dry Curry (Mooga Usli)/ Whole Moong Stir Fry

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Whole Moong Stir Fry is a dry curry in which cooked Whole Moong bean is stir fried along with onion, garlic and other spices like cloves and cinnamon. This is not only easy to prepare but delicious and nutritious too.

 I was mentioning to a friend that I made this Moong Stir fry for dinner the previous night and it turned out that she happened to make the same thing as well, but with subtle change in the recipe. Both of us were very surprised and wondered about the co-incidence.


Speaking of co-incidences I do have to relate this story that happened to us few weeks ago. Allow me to give you a brief background first. So about 6 years ago we were friends with this really nice and warm couple here in the States. We spoke the same language, we had similar mind set, good rapport and so we bonded pretty well. We went on frequent trips and had a great time together. Few years later they moved to Europe, one thing led to another and we lost touch with each other completely. We tried to find their where about without any success. Strange, but even in this age of advanced technology and with information at our finger tips we were not able to get in touch with them. We thought of them very often and remembered the good times we had together.  

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Fast forward few years and here we are at 2009. Now a month earlier we were returning back from India to the US from our vacation. From Bangalore we flew to Dubai and we were waiting for our connecting flight. We had a wait time of 6 arduous hours and with a sleepy and cranky 3 year old it was no fun. Anyway, we put the little one on a stroller and strolled through the airport; the Dubai Airport is a well built, sleek and modern one and looked more like a transformed hi-tech, modern mall. 

We went inside a duty free shop and decided to buy some display pieces for our house. We were inside for about 25 minutes discussing and debating the prices and the items worth buying. After a while we heard somebody calling out our names and when we looked up, it our very own friends right in front of us. It was such a surreal moment shocking and surprising at the same time. All of us were squealing and gushing at the same time. 


They were on their way to Bangalore from Germany and they had their connecting flight at Dubai. We sat together, shared and exchanged information, phone number etc. We vowed to keep in touch and not loose contact. The 6 hours seemed to fly and we wished we had more.


After they had left, me and DH were discussing the magnitude of this co-incidence. I mean, what are the odds? Each of us started from different countries at different times met each other in totally different country at the same time. All of us were at the right time at the right place. In our experience at least this was a co-incidence of massive proportions and this must have been the biggest co-incidences that has ever happened to us.


Phew, it still gives me goose bumps when I think of that incident. Alright, now I am back from my revere and back to the recipe:




  • 1 cup whole moong bean (soaked and sprouted)
  • 1 small onion
  • 3-4 garlic pods
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 3-4 slit green chillies (as per taste)
  • Handful of coriander leaves
  • Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt
  • oil


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  • Soak the moong overnight or for about 8-10 hours in enough water. Drain water the next day and allow it to sprout.
  • Boil sufficient water and add the sprouts in it and allow it to cook. It takes about 15-20 minutes to cook. Separate the water completely from the cooked beans.
  • Take a heavy bottom pan. Add oil and prepare the seasoning with mustard, curry leaves.
  • Add the grated garlic, cloves, onion and green chillies and sauté until the onion turns transparent. Add salt, and mix well.
  • Add the cooked beans to the onion mixture and stir well. Check for taste. Add more salt, chillies if required. Finally squeeze the juice of lemon, chopped coriander and mix well.

Serve hot with rotis/phulkas or with rice. 


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  1. Soma says:

    Supriya That gives me goosebumps!! How amazing & how that moment must have felt!!

    I ike this stir fry. I usually boil these & have it like chaat with raw onions, green chillies & other things etc etc. This would be much more flavorful.

  2. Sunshinemom says:

    What a beautiful coincidence!! It is always fun to meet friends but in another Country and unplanned – great!!

    I too make this stir fry sometimes but mostly make dal.

  3. Ujwal says:

    Love moong stir fry anytime.. I make ussal with moong as matki is not available here.. next time will try making this :D..There are so many dishes bookmarked from your blog!
    hey dear.. I had made your style saagu sometime back and posted it my blog… Just made some minor changes.. Hope its ok with you..

  4. Sharmilee says:

    Great coincidence!!! Gud that you are back in touch with ur friends…
    Moongdal is one of my favs, looks delicious! Clicks are great as usual 🙂

  5. Alka says:

    Wht a co-incidence….Guess wht,i am planning to go to Dubai,just in case i too get lucky to find my long last frnds….lolz………
    And hey we make a curry like preparation of all the above ingredients,but now i can see how nicely a stir fry could me made from the same

  6. Keerthana says:

    that’s such a beautiful co-incidence. It feels so good to meet old friends that way..we too travel through dubai..hope to meet someone next time:)
    anyways, usli looks great! always an easy and healthy fix. i have it on my blog too. adding cinnamom and cloves is new to me. will try it next time:)

  7. Asha says:

    YUM! This is my fave side dish with plain yogurt rice and with any MorKozhambu dish. Looks lovely. Send it to MLLL-9th helping!

    I will be making your baked Nippattu this week, will post!My new post is up! 🙂

  8. indosungod says:

    I do love this sundal, always refreshing and tasty. That is huge to start from 2 differenct continents and connect in another. I can imagine your happiness. I have been a transit passenger once in Dubai and have been trying without success to do it again.

  9. Lisa says:

    That was certainly a happy coincidence. I’m so glad you got to spend some time with your friends.

    That mung dish is perfect for a mid-day meal. I’ve been cooking with mung beans a lot lately and will likely give this a try.

  10. RedChillies says:

    Thank you all very much.

    Alka, you are funny 🙂 To add more to the story, we even bought a jeenie lamp from the Dubai store. MAybe that helped 🙂

    Keerthana, LOL 🙂

  11. Lubna Karim says:

    Badi Badi Shero Mein Choti Choti Batein hoti rehti hain(In Big Big Cities small small things happen)…Life is like that only dear….What may happen next and whome wwe may meet is always suprise….Coming to recipe….This is new to me. Looks healthy and yum..

  12. Deesha says:

    Thatz such a nice coincidence .. I can imagine the joy on your face after having found them .. I love Dubai airport too, esp Shopping there 🙂 I love this version of usli too & we make this quite often

  13. sampada says:

    This looks great…nice recipe….never tried this… when i was in india i used to do with chana dal. …here in U.S at all times ingredients are very hard to find. anyway recently i came across through a great resource…. i will check it out this weekend.

  14. Laavanya says:

    That is a super coincidence for sure.. am so glad you were reunited with your friends… 🙂

    I love the taste of whole moong and this curry looks special.

  15. Vaishali says:

    How beautiful that looks, RC. Usli, or usal as my Maharashtrian mom taught me to call it, is such a favorite. I usually make it with matki. Love the moong version.

  16. Usha says:

    That is such a wonderful coincidence. Moong fry looks yum, I make mine similarly, will try your version the next time 🙂

  17. Aparna says:

    I also make a different version of this. Stir fried with just a bit of coconut oil, asafetida, salt, turmeric and green chillies.
    My daughter loves anything made with sprouted moong (or beans with tails, as she used to call them then).

    What a wonderful way to rediscover your friends unexpectedly.

  18. Spice Rack says:

    whole moong stir fry mooga usli is a rich looking flavor food, it has good spices and herbs. I actually cook food like this but the ingredients are not the same. Spice racks are always on the move in dishes like this one.

  19. joseph says:

    hellow,please inform me about moong whole green beans price and I need dry moong whole beans and Iemfsize and important the freshness and expriration date on the moong whole green beans .thank you for your coorporations.joseph 12/29/10

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