Split yellow peas or moong dal is considered one of the most healthiest foods in the world and Indian cuisine uses it extensively, be it North, South, East or West. Kerala Cuisine is definitely not as lentil-rich as its northern counterparts, but there are some wholesome curries which use moong dal in combination with other vegetables.

Moong dal is called cherupayar in Malayalam, literally meaning small lentils. It is often substituted for toor dal in sambar too.

Cucumber-Moong Dal Curry

Recipe: Cucumber Moong Dal Curry
Prep & Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3 People
Recipe Level: Beginner
Recipe/Post by: Nags
Yellow split peas/split moong dal/mung dal/Cheru payar - 1 cup
Cubed cucumber/squash - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - one pinch
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Shallots - 4-5
Green chillies - 3
Hing - one pinch
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - for tempering
Curry leaves - one strand
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
  1. Pressure cook the dal, cucumber and turmeric with just enough water to cover it. I let it cook for 3 whistles since I like it cooked soft.
  2. Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they pop, fry the shallots, split green chillies, jeera and hing for 2-3 mins. Then add the coconut and mix well.
  3. Add the cooked dal to the above mixture, stir in well, add salt, season with curry leaves and serve hot.

Cucumber-Moong Dal Curry

Special Notes/Tips:
  • Moong dal may be replaced with toor dal but the taste changes noticeably.
  • The cucumber may be replaced with squash, pumpkin or even cabbage. My grandmother used to add a mix of cabbage and carrots this curry and that looks colourful and tastes really good too!

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  1. Pooja // 16 June 2009 at 16:52  

    looks super delicious !

  2. Parita // 16 June 2009 at 17:34  

    Dal looks tempting, never tried cucumber with dals, new combination to me..

  3. Gita // 16 June 2009 at 18:42  

    Cucumber with moong dhal is very new to me...looks very tempting...I have to try this soon :)

  4. Nithya Praveen // 16 June 2009 at 19:06  

    Yummy.....perfect combo.Great click too:)

  5. Madhuram // 16 June 2009 at 19:12  

    We also make this daal Nags. Sometimes we just add fresh coconut and sometimes we grind coconut, cumin and red chillies.

  6. Vani // 16 June 2009 at 19:28  

    Nice recipe there, Nags! Goes well with both rice and rotis.

  7. Sia // 16 June 2009 at 20:35  

    Nags, is that a yellow cucumber (dosa kai) used in this dal?

  8. Srivalli // 16 June 2009 at 22:39  

    it look so yummy and lovely picture nags..

  9. Cilantro // 17 June 2009 at 00:08  

    This is kootu in Tamil Cuisine. Simple and great tasting curry for rice and rotis as well.

  10. Divya Vikram // 17 June 2009 at 01:58  

    Comforting one!!

  11. meeso // 17 June 2009 at 04:09  

    This looks great... this is definitely one of my favorite dals to cook and eat!

  12. Nags // 17 June 2009 at 08:08  

    Yes. Its yellow cucumber, not the green young ones we use in raita and salads :)

  13. Khaugiri // 17 June 2009 at 12:55  

    GR8 Dal!!!!

  14. rekhas kitchen // 17 June 2009 at 13:01  

    we make cucumber with tour dal moong dal is new to me looks yum yum.

  15. Anonymous // 22 June 2009 at 15:22  

    this recipe is new to me.it's simple and healthy.thanks a lot...