Qurator's: Hive Top Chef! | SPICY! - Spice things up with Moongh Dal

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Variety is the Spice of Life!
But Spice also is the Life and Soul of the Kitchen!

Have you noticed how spicy food energises everyone around the dinner table?

The reason is that it speeds up metabolism, but it also has many other benefits:

  • Fights inflammation
  • Kills bacteria
  • Has longevity benefits
  • Fights cancer cells!

Spices are derived from seeds, roots, bark, fruit or other plant substances and used in cooking to flavour and colour food.


The Spice Emporium, a local favourite; the heady fragrance of spices hit you as you into this specialty spice shop.

Spices are not to be confused with herbs which are the leaves, flowers or stems of plants, but both are used in cooking, natural medicine, religious rituals and perfume production.

Why all the excitement about Spice?


It's time for Qurator's: Hive Top Chef! | SPICY! of course, and I will show you how to make the perfect budget comfort food - Moongh Dal; a soupy kind of curried vegan dish.


My recipe will be a guideline, you don't have to use all the spices I have, but the method remains the same.



  • 1 cup green Mung Beans

Rinse mung beans thoroughly, cook in Instant Pot/ Pressure Cooker with approx 6 cups water, salt and a couple of Bay Leaves.

Note: if you don't have an instant pot, soak the mung beans for approx 4 hours, then boil in salted water till soft.

Sautee in a little oil:

  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Curry Seeds

Add & sautee:

  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed


  • 2-3 Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tsp fresh grated Ginger

Add the following spices & simmer till cooked:

  • 1 tsp red Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Masala
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida/hing
  • 3 Star Anise
  • 2 stalks fresh Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste


Add cooked Mung Beans which will have the consistency of a thick soup, stir and simmer slowly to get the flavours to mingle. Garnish with fresh Coriander leaves (Dania)

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Moongh Dal is absolutely delicious, super economical and is usually served with Roti or Basmati Rice.




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I've got some vegetarians in the house so this may interest them. I've never heard of a "mung bean" but I think they can look it up and cross it over to a bean we have here in Texas. They like spicy stuff so this seems to be right up their ally.
Those puzzles look amazing too. How many hours did he spend on each one?

This recipe/method will work nicely with any dried beans, peas or lentils but I'm sure your vegetarians will know the mung bean. I checked online now and it is grown in Texas.
He started the first puzzle early April, first time he'd ever done one, and he did it in his spare time so I'm not sure how many hours he spent doing it but certainly kept him occupied. The one of the lions is my favourite, the colours are stunning!
He's using Modge Podge craft glue to hold the pieces together and will frame it afterwards and take it home.
Thank you for stopping by Sult!

The girls probably know it then if it is grown here. The only veggies I eat are roasted corn on the cob and the Mexican salsa I eat. My mother ruined me in my childhood on eating the veggies by forcing me to eat them.
The talk about puzzles made me just think of @simplylizelle , her husband's art work is used by puzzle makers. I wonder how they are doing. Since they moved to the island I haven't seen or heard from her.

Funny you mentioning her, I was also thinking of her this morning! @simplylizelle was such a nice person, she was having health issues at times.
I also wonder about @enchantedspirit and the doctor are getting on now, really miss her!

Yes that is interesting that we both had her on our minds. I really miss the gang from the FIRED engine. That was a great group of interesting and talented people. How they let me in there was beyond comprehension but I am very thankful that @ethandsmith saw something in me that triggered an invite. If it hadn't been for him I probably never would have met half the people that I connected with on FIRED.
We really were a chance meeting too and we owe that to @simplylizelle and my just referring to her as your name. Old @buttcoins came back to me and said, "this lady doesn't even know you."
Funny how things work out. I hope they are all doing well. Maybe someday they'll pop back up here on HIVE.
Take care,

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One of my favourite dish

...and mine too, a work buddy introduced me to this dish years ago but I only started cooking it myself when I retired, so easy and delicious! Thanks for popping in @nathanmars:)

That's an awesome guide , we use yellow Mung dal on a daily basis with rice. Its pretty tasty than other dals ( in fact we have dal on our menu almost every day with rice).

Oh I just love yellow Mung Dal as well! Thank you for popping in:)

I dint knew western people also prepare mung dal dish :D , May I ask where do you live?

The dish looks yummy, my daily dish haha!

I live in Durban, South Africa, and we have a large community of people whose forefathers came from India, so spicy food is very popular but my Moongh Dal still doesn't taste as good as my friend's who taught me. I still have to learn to make roti and samoosas ;)
Thank you for stopping by @razeiv!

Roti and samosas, Umm you seem to be a huge lover of Indian dish :D

Have a great day :)

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Wow! I really love this recipe and I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing with us! 😍