Potato and Green Gram Dal

Weekend. Hearty lunch outside. Happy state of mind. Long drive, hubby’s favorite. That’s when I hinted a wish for shopping. Hubby looked worried and scared, kiddo clutched his tummy and pretended stomach ache.

They offered to drop me and my friend at the Mall, if we can spare them the agony of shopping. I gladly accepted the offer, happy to escape their repeated “Are you done now? Can we go home?” question.

And so, hubby dropped us and drove back home. Without taking the house keys and his mobile from me.

I received the SOS call he made from our neighbor’s place. I assured him that I am rushing back home, I just had one more shop to visit. Three hours and five bags full of purchase later, we reached home. Thank god for the friends and relatives living near by to feed and engage my family!

So now whenever my hubby drops me somewhere, kiddo anxiously checks with his dad,”Do you have the keys and mobile with you?” while I look outside, with a defensive look which says ‘Guys won’t understand the relation between women and shopping’.

This is a recipe from one of my neighbors. The flavor in this curry comes from the green chillies, ginger and garlic. No curry powders and no masalas. Its simple and really flavorsome. You can try substituting the green gram with sprouts and potatoes with sweet potatoes.


  • Potatoes                                      :               3 – 4, medium
  • Whole Green Gram                 :                1/2 cup
  • Onion                                            :               1 medium, sliced
  • Tomato                                        :                1 medium (optional)
  • Green Chillies                            :                3 – 4, per taste
  • Ginger                                           :                1 – 2 ” piece, chopped fine
  • Garlic                                            :                 5-6 pods, chopped fine
  • Salt
  • Oil


  1. Cook or pressure cook the potatoes and whole green gram using separators for 2 or 3 whistles.
  2. Slice the onions and roughly cut the tomatoes. Finely chop the chillies, ginger and garlic.
  3. Heat two teaspoons of oil and when its hot, add the onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic.
  4. When the onions becomes pink, add the tomatoes, if using. Saute for 3-4 minutes till the tomatoes get cooked.
  5. Add the cooked green gram and a cup of water. Cut the cooked potatoes into cubes and add.
  6. Add salt, cook for 5-10 minutes, mashing the potato pieces a bit with the ladle in case the gravy is not thick.
  7. Serve with chapatis. Perfect!
  8. You can use sprouted green grams and sweet potatoes too in this curry.

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