An easy way of preparing the tastiest version of green gram curry out there! :)
250gm mung beans/green gram (soaked overnight or at least for 6 hours)
4 tbsp. oil (more or less according to taste)
4-5 fresh tomatoes
1 tbsp. tomato puree
1 big onion or 2 small ones, chopped fine or grated
½ tsp. garlic paste
2 green chilies
some chopped coriander leaves and some coriander sticks/stems
some fenugreek/methi leaves (3-4 leaves)
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. coriander powder
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
salt to taste
Chop tomatoes into big chunks and put in the blender along with 1 green chili and the coriander stems. Blend until smooth.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the fenugreek/methi, followed by the garlic paste and the onions. Fry until the onions are almost golden, then add a slit green chili followed by the tomato paste and all the spices.
Fry together until the oil begins to separate, then add your soaked and drained beans. Stir fry them in this mixture for a few minutes for the flavor to be properly absorbed by them. Then add the blended tomatoes.
Cook together until the tomatoes begin to dry up. Add water (about 4 cups to begin with). Add salt, let it come to a boil then close the pressure cooker and cook for about 3 whistles or 6-8 minutes. Let the pressure cooker release all its steam, then open carefully and check the beans. If they need another go in the pressure/not fully done yet, give them a few more minutes. Make sure you check the water quantity and adjust according to how dry or watery you prefer your curry! Also check and adjust salt.
Once ready and soft, sprinkle with quarter tsp. garam masala and some coriander leaves and serve with rice or rotis, or as preferred! :)