Mung Dal Kheer

An easy Indian payasam or kheer made with mung bean or split mung dal.  One of my favourite desserts.  Generally, Konkani desserts are made with coconut milk.  But I use dairy milk and it is equally delicious.  

Split Mung Dal/Mung Bean/Green Gram - 1 cup
Milk - about 4 cups
Cashews - 4
Almonds/Badam - 4
Pistachios - 4
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 2 pods (seeds only)
Saffron/Kesar - few strands
Jaggery or Brown Sugar - about 4 tbsp

1. Wash Mung Dal well and cook till very soft.  Slightly mash it. 
2. In a thick bottom vessel, add cooked mung dal, milk, cardamom powder and bring it to a boil.  Keep stirring to avoid burning.
3. Add cashew, almond, pistachio pieces and cook for 5 more min.  You can add dried grapes/raisins if you like.
4. Add brown sugar and stir to dissolve it.  Add saffron and cook till milk is reduced a little.  Continue cooking till you get the desired consistency. 
5. Turn off the heat and garnish with nuts of your choice and/or saffron.


  1. Uma, yummy looking kheer and very nutritious too.

  2. its sumptuous we need to blend the dal before adding it to milk??

  3. Thanks Sashi, Kshipra,, Harman for the lovely comments...Harman, I didnt blend, cooked the dal till very soft and mashed it..

  4. Looks delicious Uma..I make a different version of this kheer using coconut milk.Your version sounds quite easy..must try:)

  5. Lovely simple version of kheer. I used to add jaggery to this.

  6. Thanks Divya, Padhu, Ms.Chitchat for your sweet comments..
    Divya, my Mom uses coconut milk for many desserts and it tastes great.. here finding fresh coconut is a headache for me..
    Ms. Chitchat, jaggery is a healthy addition.

  7. WOOOOOOOW looks delicious and very version of kheer,, i will try ur version soon,,we use to make paasi paruppu payasam like this but we add grated coconut n jaggery

  8. Nice presentation!!looks tempting!

  9. my fav too :) the only difference with my version is I add jaggery instead of sugar :)

  10. Hey Sathya, Shahana, Preeti.. loved all your comments..
    Sathya, eagerly waiting for ur post.
    Preeti, jaggery no doubt is healthier.

  11. wow very tempting kheer uma...lovely recipe n nice colour

  12. Yummy, another great dessert recipe for mung beans. I make mine with just coconut milk and tapioca. This is just wonderfully different.

  13. Thanks Siddhi, Xiao Yen, Sushma for appreciating my recipes.. Xiao, i like Tapioca chips.. i guess would be a good addition for dessert too..


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