Here is a simple stir fry recipe using Green Gram or Moong (Mung) Bean which is known as Cheru Payaru in Malayalam. You need to soak the Mung Bean for a few hours so that it can be cooked easily. You may Pressure Cook the Beans or cook it in an open pan. I prefer cooking it in an open pan as pressure cooking can make the beans mushy. These beans are smaller in size and hence require lesser cooking time compared to the bigger bean varieties. Go ahead and try this Cheru Payaru Mezkkuvaratti recipe.
- Moong bean – 1 cup
- Finely Diced Onions – 1 medium
- Slit Green Chillies – 3
- Crushed or Minced Garlic Cloves – 4
- Curry Leaves – A sprig
- Turmeric Powder – 1/4 + 1/4 tsp
- Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
- Jeera (Cumin) Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Soak the green gram or cheru payaru for at least 3 to 4 hours.
- In a big pan, bring the moong bean to a boil along with salt and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder. Reduce heat and simmer until the beans are cooked.
- Do not over cook the moong beans or else it will become mushy.
- Drain water from the cooked moong beans and keep it aside.
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a non stick pan and splutter mustard seeds.
- Saute onions, curry leaves and green chillies until the onions become translucent.
- Add the crushed or minced garlic pieces and saute for a few minutes.
- Reduce heat and add turmeric powder, red chilly powder and jeera powder. Saute for a minute.
- Add the cooked green gram and mix everything well.
- Stir fry on medium heat for around 5 minutes so that any excess water evaporates.
- The final mezhkkupuratti or stir fry dish should be completely dry and coated with spices.
- Serve this Cheru Payaru Mezhkkupuratti or Green Gram Stir Fry with Rice.