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Cabbage Moong Dal Muttaikosu Paruppu kulambu

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Is there any other best food than a comfort dal with hot rice? With a dollop of ghee, it gives you the taste that is comprehensive. Cabbage moong dal is a slight variation to the usual dal we make everyday.

Cabbage moong dal is kind of kootu recipe as well, prepared differently in every south Indian household. This is how we prepare it and most often on a busy morning as it takes only less time to cook.

Instead of cabbage, many other vegetables like chow chow, bottle gourd, ridge gourd can be replaced with this recipe. As it uses less oil and less spicy, this food is a best choice for toddlers as well.

Cabbage is low in calories, high in fibres, contains powerful antioxidants which protects the body from cell damage and helps to reduce inflammation. It also helps to improve digestion.


Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


For Dal:

Cabbage – 1 cup, finely chopped

Moong dal – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1/2 cup, chopped

Tomato – 1/2 cup, chopped

Green chilli – 1, slit

Garlic clove – 3, chopped

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Water – 1 – 2 cups (I added 1 and 1/2 cups)

Asafoetida – a pinch

For Seasoning:

Oil – 3 tsp

Dry red chilli – 3

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 1 string

Asafoetida – a small pinch

Recipe Video:

Method with step by step pictures:

1) Wash and soak dal for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, chop cabbage, onion, tomato and green chilli.

2) In a pressure pan, add moong dal and 1 and 1/2 cup of water. Start cooking in medium flame.

3) After 5-7 minutes, you can see the foam forming on the surface of the water. Remove it using a ladle. This is nothing but the fat from dal.


4) Now, add cabbage, onion, tomato, garlic and green chilli.


5) Add cumin seeds, turmeric powder, salt and asafoetida. Mix well and cover it using the lid. Cook for 3 whistles.


6) Wait for some time to release the steam from pressure cooker.


7) Once the lid is opened, mix the dal using the ladle and slightly mash it. Taste and adjust the salt if needed.

8) In another pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chillies and asafoetida. Fry few seconds.


9) Add seasoning to this cooked dal.

10) Mix and Serve hot with steamed rice.

Serving Suggestions:

It goes well with both roti and plain rice as a main-course. Served as a lunch.


Lunchbox Idea:

I packed this dal with plain rice, avarakkai poriyal, banana stem salad and pomegranate.



1) Addition of water is absolutely your choice. Increase or decrease according to your required consistency.

2) Increase or decrease the whistle count according to your pressure cooker type and moong dal brand you use.

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Looks so tempting and delicious. Nice dish.
Uma@Trendy Relish

Jaisy James

curry looks delicious n rich gravy too

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!.

My fav Combo.Luks delicious and impressive.Luv the recipe Dear.


Delicious and lovely combo,Yummy!!
never tried cabbage in curries always used as stir fry!!!

Sangeetha M

i too make it similar way with addition of garlic…s as us said dal are very easy to make and more comforting dish…platter looks so yum..
Thanks Uma and happy that you tried n enjoyed dinner with braided bread 🙂


One of my Favourite dals……looks so delicious…..will surely try.


We too make this hearty dish.. real yumm..
reg ur question Uma, Yellow Pumpkin is called poosanikai or parangikai or arasaanikai is some places. winter melon is just called vellai posanikai.


very yummy dish !! love to have anytime !!

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very nice recipe…will make it for dinner today…

Suja Manoj

Lovely combo,its a great dish..will surely try this Uma,thanks for sharing

Sensible Vegetarian

Delicious one Uma, the click is one more masterpiece. I love those bowls you have used.

Menaga Sathia

It's my mom signature dish…looks inviting and also love ur clicks always!!

Sobha Shyam

i too make this and its such a comfort food..loved ur version too..


wow awesome dal ….love the clicks…

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I love these simple dhal! i don't even want any side dish! 🙂


Yummy combo looks mouthwatering…


omg… looks so yummy…mouth watering ..


thank you so much for your comment.. Your aloo paratha recipe was perfect.. ejoyed eating.cabbage moong dal looks delicious and rich… mouthwatering..

Suma Gandlur

Looks very delicious.

Kaveri Venkatesh

A very comforting bowl of dal and combined with a veggie makes it quite healthy too

Priya dharshini

Never tried this way on making dal,Luks so delicious..Yumm


Same pinch Uma. I make it the same way. Simple and comforting always.


Makes a comforting and hearty meal esp this rainy season! Wonderful clicks 🙂

Gayathri NG

Really very healthy curry…luv ur the presentation…
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Yummy Curry……..


DElicious……….& the pics are amazing.

Prathima Rao

A deeeeliiicious daal!! A nice idea to add cabbage to mmong dal…bookmarked..
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Treat and Trick

Beautifully presented and looks fabulous!

cooking varieties

hi uma, from these photos, i gather i have seen or tried this dish before with a slight difference from your cooking,


A very healthy dal. Love the combo.


Lovely pictures of the porich kootu 🙂

Biny's Recipes

wow so easy my mum make it with cabbage and chan dal…ove it


lovely clicks.. i totally agree with you.. daal is always my comfort food too.. i cant deal with the more wordly comfort food-chocolate.. 🙂
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hi uma, i agree with what you said is true- that dhall is always a comfort dish for many indian food.
its so versatile and can be eaten with practically anything. it can also be cooked as a dish, a dessert or even as snacks. your dish looks yummy too

Priya Suresh

Love this dal simply with pickles and papads..yummy bowl.


So wholesome n hearty ~ the pics are beautiful!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover

look healthy and good!

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