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Moong dal Payasam (Kheer) – Lentil Pudding


I’ve already posted a different version of Moong Dal Kheer in ST. I made little changes and tried this version. It came out really tasty. So I wanted to share it with everyone.

With the goodness from the lentils, you can make this quick dessert without the usual guilt. Moong dal is more known for the signature dish – Pongal but it can also be used to make desserts such as this Kheer.

It’s the easiest dessert which can be make it in 30 minutes.


  • Moong dal/Yellow split bean : 1 cup
  • Ghee : 3 tbsp
  • Milk : 2 cups
  • Jaggery /Unrefined sugar syrup: 1/2 cup
  • Sugar : 1/4 cup
  • Shredded coconut : 4 tbsp
  • Cashews : 8-9
  • Dry grapes : 9-10

Method of Preparation:

  1. Soak the moong dal for 15 minutes, after that drain them and keep it aside.
  2. Heat a tbsp of ghee in a pan and slightly roast the moong dal till it becomes light brown (as pictured) and remove it.
  3. And in the same pan add another tbsp of ghee and add all the dry fruits and shredded coconut and dry roast till it becomes golden brown.
  4. Now add the roasted moong dal  into pressure cooker add milk and pressure cook for 4- 5 whistle or till it becomes mashed.
  5. Remove from heat add the roasted dry fruit and coconut mixture and the jaggery (unrefined sugar) syrup (Boil the jaggery in a cup of water and make a syrup).
  6. Again let it sit in medium heat for another 4-5 minutes.
  7. Serve it hot  or chilled 🙂

Moong Dal Kheer


  1. Shirya,

    Moongdal kheer is absolutely delicious. I love it. Adding milk to jaggery kheer is new to me, we add only coconut milk.

  2. Payasam looks awesome!!! yum yumm

  3. hey payasam looks so rich and delectable..

  4. Paysam looks super delicious….I usually do not roast the dhal…your version sounds good, will try this soon 🙂

  5. awesome…I love kheer at any time

  6. Moongdaal kheer looks very delicious.Picture is very tempting.Thank you for visiting my blog.

  7. The pudding looks awesome! Love it!

  8. Moong dal payasam looks YUMM..My favourite !! Thanks for visiting my blog…

  9. OO! Payasam looks so inviting, First time here, all your recipes looks so good, great pics too.

  10. the payasam looks so good. You have a neat blog with some great recipes. Simple and elegant layout too. Good work. 🙂

  11. Shriya, thanks for stopping by in my blog got such a nice blog with nice recipes, blog looks pleasant dear. Payasam looks perfect rich n creamy, my faaaav sweet n i do this payasam for all traditional feast lunch…

  12. paayaassam looks delicious !!! it’s been sometime since I did one with moong dhal; nice drink!!!

  13. That is one gorgeous picture! Payasam looks absolutely droolicious, my daughter would love this!

  14. this looks delicious. i love how indian desserts incorporate lentils.

  15. Hi Priya ,

    Very nice blogs.Pictures are tempting me to cook.
    I was wondering if you ever tried cooking Indian recipes with American vegetables such as asparagus, celery,zucchini, artichokes etc.If you do please let us know.

  16. Looks delicious!!!!…loved the recipe

  17. you haven’t mentioned when to add the 1/4 cup of sugar

  18. i made this a few days back and it was delicious, i felt it didn’t need sugar as the jaggery gave it enough sweetness.

  19. payasam was looking delicious ….so thought of giving a try…..
    it has come out really well ..i didnt put sugar as the jagerry was sweet enough…its absolutely worth trying!!!!
    my family loved it.
    needles to say ur picture tempted me to try out this payasam…..


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