Sprouted green lentils curry packed full of nutrition made in the instant pot or stovetop. Mung bean sprouts cooked in an onion-tomato sauce with ginger, garlic, and aromatic spices. This curry goes perfectly with roti, paratha, or rice.

Moong Sprouts Curry in a white bowl with parathas in a plate

This tasty curry is made from sprouted mung beans. I recently shared how to sprout lentils in the instant pot. So I wanted to share our favorite way to use those sprouted lentils. It is best to have sprouted lentils on hand so that you can whip up this easy curry anytime.

You can make sprouted lentil curry as a dry stir fry or as a soup. The picture above shows the soupy version. You can also add veggies such as carrots, celery, and spinach to make it a sprouted lentil stew.

Including sprouts in your weekly diet is great, as they are nutrient-dense and easy to digest. This sprouts curry is a great variation to the green moong dal recipe.

This exact same recipe will work with Moth (Turkish Gram) or Masoor (Brown Lentils) sprouts too.

I have included instructions to make this Sprouts Curry in the instant pot, stovetop pressure cooker, and saucepan.

How to make Sprouts Curry in the Instant Pot?

  • Heat oil in the Instant pot and add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle a bit.
  • Then add the onions, ginger, and garlic. Fry them till the onions become golden brown in color.
  • Then add the tomatoes and spices. Stir them well.
  • Add the sprouted lentils and water to the pot and place the lid with the vent in the sealing position.
  • Press cancel and set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 2 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally. Then open the pot and add some lime juice to the sprouted moong curry. Stir well.
  • Garnish it with fresh cilantro and serve hot with roti, paratha, or rice.
Onions, ginger and garlic in the instant pot pressure cooker
Sprouted green mung beans in the instant pot
Onions, tomatoes and spices for tempering in the instant pot
Sprouted lentils curry in a ladle on top of instant pot

How to make Sprouts Curry on the stovetop?

Follow the same steps as above for the stovetop pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for two whistles and let the pressure release naturally.

You can also make this sprouted moong bean curry in a saucepan on the stovetop. Follow the same steps as above. Add the sprouts and water to the saucepan. Cover with a lid and cook until the sprouted lentils soften. This will take about 15-20 minutes. Stir the curry at regular intervals.

Moong bean Sprouts curry garnished with cilantro in a white bowl

How to make Sprouts Sabzi?

You can also make sprouted lentils as a dry stir fry (subzi); add just 1 cup of water when cooking. The water will get all soaked, and the sprouts will be well cooked.

When this sprouts stir fry is made with moth beans and cooked with grated coconut, it is called Matki Usal in Marathi.

Sprouts subzi in a bowl

This sprouts stir fry is great to enjoy as a salad or snack. It is also great to pack as lunch along with roti or paratha.

Add a raita on the side along with this sprouts curry.

Moong Sprouts subzi served with roti

Enjoy this nutritious and easy-to-make Sprouts Curry!

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Sprouts Curry

Sprouted green lentils curry packed full of nutrition made in the instant pot or stovetop. Mung bean sprouts cooked in an onion-tomato sauce with ginger, garlic and aromatic spices. This curry goes perfectly with roti, paratha or rice.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee or Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper*, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Tomato, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ginger, grated
  • 3 cups Sprouted Moong Dal , or sprouted Moth/Masoor
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Lime juice, or amchur
  • Cilantro leaves, chopped, to garnish

Spices

Instructions 

Instant Pot method

  • Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and heat oil in it. Add cumin seeds, green chili and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add onions, ginger and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes until the onions become golden brown. 
  • Add tomato, spices and stir. 
  • Add lentils and water. Stir well. Press CANCEL and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Press MANUAL or Pressure Cook mode for 2 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally (NPR).
  • Open the lid and add lime juice and cilantro. Stir and sprouted green moong dal is ready to be served.  

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method

  • Follow the same steps as above for stovetop pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for 2 whistles and let the pressure release naturally.

Stovetop Saucepan Method

  • Follow the same steps as above, add the sprouts and 3 cups water to the saucepan. Cover with a lid and cook until the sprouted lentils soften. This will take about 15-20 minutes. Stir the curry at regular intervals.
  • Enjoy sprouts curry with roti, paratha or rice.

Notes

Green Chili Pepper: I typically use Thai, Birdeye or Serrano Chili Pepper in my recipes. Don’t forget to adjust to your taste. 
Vegan variation:  Use oil when tempering in step 1. 
Sprouts Stir Fry Variation: You can also make sprouted lentils as a dry stir fry (subzi), add just 1 cup of water when cooking. The water will get all soaked and the sprouts will be well cooked. 
Matki Usal Variation: When this sprouts stir fry is made with moth beans and cooked with grated coconut, it is called Matki Usal in Marathi. I would add about 1/4 cup of grated coconut along with moth beans in the above recipe before pressure cooking. 
Created: This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker. 

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 13gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 646mgPotassium: 810mgFiber: 10gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 518IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 4mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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6 Comments

  1. This receipe did not work for me. I used Moon Whole Moong Bean. Is this not the right one? Because it was so thick that there wasn’t any liquid left and the beans were not cooked. I cooked them 2 minutes and natural release for about 20 minutes. I ended up having to add a lot more water and simmering for about another hour. My guess is that I used the wrong Moong.

      1. That was my problem. And I doubled the recipe so I used 6 cups of mong beans. I have a lot leftover. Thanks for the link to the other recipe. I will try that next time. Where do you get sprouted beans?

      2. Hi Jane – You can sprout beans at home. Here is my recipe – How to sprout lentils?. I also see them sold already sprouted at many ethnic grocery stories such as the indian stores. You might also be able to find them frozen at some stores.

  2. My daughter and I love your recipes. A quick question, how many cups of dry mung beans are needed to make 3 cups sprouted? Many thanks!