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Moong dal Sambar | Paasi Paruppu Sambar | Tiffin Sambar | Kids Sambar

Moong dal Sambar
Sambar made with moong dal is one of the best tiffin sambar. It goes well with idli, dosa, pongal and even tastes good with rice. Moong dal have high nutritional value and easy to digest. In my region, there's a specific hotel where people buy idlies for babies, and this is mainly because of the deliciousness of this sambar. The milder spice level and the fact that it's made with moong dal, which is easy to digest and tastes awesome, make it a hit among kids. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts!

Kids Paasi Paruppu Sambar

Moong dal Sambar

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian | Recipe Category: Gravy / Side dish
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time: 30 mins | Serves: 6


Moong dal - 3/4 cup
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Green chilli - 4 (for babies skip this)
Asafoetida - a generous pinch
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Red chilli - 2
Curry leaves - a sprig
Oil - 2 tblspn


In a pressure cooker, take moong dal and little water. Pressure cook on medium heat for 4 to 5 whistles.

When the pressure subsides, mash the dal and keep aside.

Heat a pan, temper with mustard seeds. When it splutters, add asafoetida, red chillies and curry leaves.

Add in chopped tomato, onion slices and slitted green chillies. Saute for 2 minutes.

Now, add sambar powder, turmeric and salt. Stir fry for a minute and add the mashed dal.

Then, add little water and cook for 10 to 15 minutes and put off the flame. Stir in between to avoid burning on the bottom.

Garnish with  some coriander leaves. Serve with hot idlies, dosa, pongal or rice.

  • For babies, skip adding green chillies and reduce the amount of sambar powder.

Ingredients for moong dal sambar
Keep all your ingredients ready
wash the dal
In a pressure cooker, take the moong dal. Add little water
pressure cook
Pressure cook on medium flame for 4 to 5 whitles.
mash the dal
When the pressure subsides, mash the dal and keep aside
chop onion, chilli and onion
Chop the tomato, onion and slit the green chillies
do seasoning
In a vessel, heat little oil. Add mustards and green chillies. Wait till the mustard seeds splutters
Curry leaves
Add some curry leaves
saute onion
Now, add the green chillies, tomato and onion slices. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes
Add a generous pinch of asafoetida
sambar powder
Then, add in sambar powder, turmeric and salt. Saute for a minute
add mashed dal
To this, add the mashed dal
water added
and some water
Check for salt and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in between to avoid burning on the bottom
Put off the flame and add some coriander leaves
Moong dal Tiffin Sambar
Serve hot with idli, dosa, pongal or rice.

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