Mung Bean/Green Gram Soup

Servings : Serves 4

Healthy and nutritious, plus very filling.


  • 250gm mung beans/green gram (soaked overnight or at least for 6 hours)
  • 2 tbsp butter/oil
  • 4-5 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 big onion, chopped fine or grated
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 green chilies
  • some chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed


Chop tomatoes into big chunks and put in the blender along with 1 green chilli. Blend until smooth.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the onions. Fry until the onions are almost golden, then add the garlic and all the spices.

Fry together for a few minutes, then add your soaked and drained beans. Stir fry them in this mixture for a few minutes for the flavour to be properly absorbed by them. Then add the blended tomatoes.

Cook together until the tomatoes begin to dry up. Add water (about 4 cups to begin with). Add salt, let it come to a boil then close the pressure cooker and cook for about 3 whistles or 6-8 minutes. Let the pressure cooker release all its steam, then open carefully and check the beans. If they need another go in the pressure/not fully done yet, give them a few more minutes. Make sure you check the water quantity and adjust according to how thick or thin you prefer your soup! Also check and adjust salt.

Now sprinkle a pinch of garam masala and black pepper and serve, garnished with coriander and freshly chopped green chilli if you prefer your soup spicy. You can also add a dash of fresh lemon on top before serving.

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