Mag nu Saag (Green Gram Curry)

Mung Bean Curry

Mung Bean Curry

My mother doesn’t eat chicken, my father didn’t eat fish, and my sister had an aversion to meat (adolescence does crazy things eh?). My mother’s solution to feeding the family? Green Grams…and lots of them!

Mung beans are very nutritious, being a good source of protein and fiber. Add a dollop of yogurt on  your plate while eating these beans, it helps with digestion.

Try this simple vegetarian recipe, I usually eat vegetarian on alternate days and this is one of my favorites!

Recipe: Mag nu Saag

Also known as: Mung Bean Curry/Moong jo Saak/Green gram/Golden gram curry

Categories: Main Dishes; lentils

Accompaniments: Rotli/Rice

Servings: 5


  • 1 cup mung beans
  • 4 Tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (hardar)
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder (dhanna)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder (jeeru)
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • hot water, as needed

To make the curry more interesting, or just for some variation you can add any of the following ingredients at the end

  • Boiled egg halves
  • Cubed boiled/fried potatoes
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk at the end
  • 2 cups of chopped spinach leaves (add at the end, but let spinach wilt  in the curry before serving)


  • Soak the mung beans in hot water overnight. They should swell to twice their size. 

    A close up picture of green gram, (mung bean, ...

    A close up picture of an un-soaked green gram, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Drain the water the beans soaked in. At any time do not add cold water to the beans, otherwise they will become hard.
  • Boil the mung beans in some water, with 1/2 tsp salt, till tender (about 15 minutes). Once done, drain the beans and keep aside.
  • In a pot, heat the oil.
  • Fry onions till carmelized.
  • Add the turmeric, coriander, cumin, red chili powders.
  • Add garlic.
  • Add the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes.
  • Cook the tomatoes down till some oil separates from the mixture.
  • Add salt and add about 1/4 cup water.
  • Add the cooked mung beans. Adjust salt/chili. More hot water can be added if more gravy is preferred.
  • Add the lemon juice and cilantro.



7 responses to “Mag nu Saag (Green Gram Curry)

  1. Moong jo Saak is my favorite with Rotli. My husband likes variety and wants additional dishes to prepared along with Moong jo Saak. Any suggestions?

    • Mine too! As I side, I usually make small oblong kebabs (fried or baked) or mince meat cutlets. Or a simple, quick baked piece of white fish. I always make some sort of pickle like Sambharo or Raita. Hope that gives you some ideas :)

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  3. I found this website while I was looking for Khichro recipe and that is how I got your website. Thank you very much for helping us to find our roots in Kuthch via food.
    Zehra Ansar Ahmed

  4. I would like to thank you for sharing your delicious receipes. Being single and especially for a man, your receipes are a God send, I can eat whatever I feel like as your receipes are very easy and your step by step instructions are very useful.
    Thank you again, you are a very special person as you have touched so many lives

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