Pumpkin Lentil Curry (Pumpkin Moong Dal - Pumpkin Dal Recipe)

Pumpkin Lentil Curry (Pumpkin Moong Dal)

Pumpkin dal recipe is a thick, pumpkin based lentil curry which is soothing, nutritious and tasty. This recipe is made with moong dal and is packed with protein and low carbs.

Moong dal, otherwise known as green gram, is one of the best vegetarian superfoods. The combination of moong beans and pumpkin makes this recipe a high source of protein, antioxidants, fiber and phytonutrients.

Pumpkin has the power to pacify Pitta dosha and has a cooling action on the body. It has effects on pacifying Vata dosha as well. Mung beans pacify Pitta and Kapha dosha. The divine combination of mung beans and ripe pumpkin can be healthy for the gut and can pacify the tridoshas.

Pumpkin Lentil Curry (Pumpkin Moong Dal)

Ingredients
1.5-2 cups peeled and chopped pumpkin
1/2 cup moong beans, soaked overnight in water
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
3/4 cup grated coconut, fresh or frozen
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 green chili
salt, to taste
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 cup water

Directions
Cook the moong beans in two cups of water until it becomes very soft. You can even pressure cook them.

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat, and add in the mustard seeds. Once they begin to crackle and pop, add the cooked mung beans, diced pumpkin, turmeric powder and salt.

Cover and cook until the pumpkin is soft. This may take 5-10 minutes.

Blend the cooked pumpkin and dal smooth with the coconut, green chili and cumin seeds with 1/4 cup water. Mix well and serve warm.

This pumpkin dal goes well with rice and flatbread and can also be taken alone.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

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