Cook's Hideout: Menthikura-Pesarapappu Chaaru (Methi-Moongdal Soup)

March 13, 2015

Menthikura-Pesarapappu Chaaru (Methi-Moongdal Soup)

There's an overdose of Methi recipes on my blog this week. After Methi Matar Masala, Methi Chana Pulao & Methi pulusu/ stew, I have a lentil based methi dish today. Recipe is from a Telugu cooking show.
Menthikura-Pesarapappu Chaaru (Methi-Moongdal Soup)
Methi and moong dal are a good combination to make pappu or dal. But in this recipe, the consistency is more like a soup instead of thick like a dal. Soup is flavored with freshly made spice powder made with coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds and peppercorns. This makes the dish taste very earthy and spicy. Finally adding lemon juice to the rasam/ soup gives it the required tang or zing that makes this dish super delicious.

Menthikura-Pesarapappu Chaaru (Methi-Moongdal Soup)
Methi leaves - 1cup, chopped
Moong dal (pesarapappu) - ½cup 
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Dry red chilies - 1
Green Chilies - 2
Curry leaves - 8~10
Garlic - 2~3, crushed
Turmeric - ½tsp
Salt - to taste
Lemon juice - 1tbsp

For the Spice powder:
Coriander seeds - 2tsp
Fenugreek seeds - ½tsp
Peppercorns - 1tsp

  • Make the Spice powder: Dry roast the ingredients under 'Spice powder' until fragrant, about 3~4 minutes. Cool and grind to a powder. Double or triple the ingredients, make this spice powder and store in an airtight container for future use.
  • Cook moong dal till tender and keep ready. I pressure cook dal for 4~5 whistles.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a saucepan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chili and green chilies. Once the seeds start to splutter, add curry leaves and garlic. Cook till garlic turns golden.
  • Next add the chopped methi leaves and cook till the leaves are wilted and cooked through, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Add the cooked dal, turmeric, salt and 2 cups of water. Mix well and bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 2~3 minutes.
  • Add the ground spice powder, mix well and turn off the heat. Finally add the fresh lemon juice and stir well. Serve hot with steamed rice.
Menthikura-Pesarapappu Chaaru (Methi-Moongdal Soup)

Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook ChallengeMarch -- Week 2'.



  1. what a simple and delicious soup and your photos as always render me speechless with how well they are styled

  2. Beautifully styled pic Pavani and a healthy soup too....

  3. How beautifully you have decked up that simple dal Pavani..I must say it's so stunning!


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