Mung Bean Kosumalli

For dinner last Saturday, I made Tomato Rasam and Mung Bean Kosumalli, a spicy mung bean salad like dish. Kosumalli is a very traditional South Indian dish.

Interestingly enough, I knew what I wanted to make, but I didn't know the name of the dish. So, I had to ask my friend's mom (Thanks, Indira amma!) and find out the name of the dish. I knew how to make it, although I didn't know the name of the dish. Go figure :)

Ingredients:
  1. Mung bean - 2 cups
  2. One Cucumber - diced
  3. Green chili, deveined, deseeded and diced - 2-4 chilis
  4. Diced Ginger root - 2 Tbsp
  5. Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
  6. Urad dal (white lentil) - 1 Tsp
  7. Asafoetida - a pinch
  8. Finely chopped curry leaves - 1 Tbsp
  9. Finely chopped cilanto - 2 Tbsp
  10. Sesame oil - 1 Tsp
  11. Lemons - 2 (freshly squeezed)
Preparation:
  1. Soak the mung beans in water overnight. The next day, rinse the mung beans in cold water. Set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat up 1 Tsp of Sesame oil. When the oil is hot, drop the mustard seeds in and let them splutter. Let the oil cool a bit. Add the urad dal and asafoetida. Let the urad dal turn brown. Remove from the hot pan and add the contents of the sauce pan to a large bowl.
  3. Add the mung beans, cucumber, cilantro, ginger, lemon juice to the bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add a pinch of salt to taste.
Here is the finished product.
Here is a close-up of the Kosumalli!
Bon appetit' :)

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