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Green gram, Bengal gram, Jaggery, Moong dhal, recipe for children – A healthy and tasty meal for toddlers

Updated on August 24, 2012
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Green gram or Moong dhal jaggery recipe for Kids

Green gram is a highly nutritious gram. Bengal gram is a popular food for children in India. It is termed as pacha payar in tamil and cheru payar in malayalam. Green gram is a highly recommended food for children as it is protein rich. Sprouted green gram or Bengal gram is a barrel of B-complex vitamins. Green gram is fiber rich and is filled with different forms of amino acids. Being protein-rich, green gram or moong dhal is one of the best foods for children.

Children, however, do not prefer to eat green gram as it is not tasty as other readymade baby foods available in market. Jaggery can be added to green gram to make it a tasty baby food. I would like to share the recipe I use to cook green gram for my child.

Green gram meal recipe for toddlers


Green gram – a handful

Jaggery - 2 tablespoon

Cumin Seeds – ½ teaspoon

Cardamom powder – a pinch

Cashew nut pieces -1 teaspoon (small pieces of cashewnut)

Dry grapes – 1 teaspoon

How to cook green gram or moong dhal for children

Soak green gram in water for few hours. Now pressure cook it with water. Cook it till it becomes soft. Now boil 1 tablespoon water in a pain. To the boiling water, add the jiggery powder or flakes. Jaggery will melt soon. To the melted jiggery add the cooked green gram. Mix well and cook for few minutes. Finally add the remaining ingredients. Kids will like this green gram jaggery

moong dhal with husk removed
moong dhal with husk removed

Mung dal or moong dhal separated from husk

Yet another version of green gram or moong dhal is commonly used in India. Seeds inside the green gram are separated from the husk. This is called dhal in hindi (moong dhal in hindi, sirupparippu in tamil, cherupayar parippu in Malayalam). Moong dhal is used for dishes, porridges and other recipes in India. I would like to share with you a moong dhal recipe for kids. This is also a tasty kids recipe

Moong dhal rice recipe for children


Moon dhal – a handful

Rice – a handful

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Ghee – 1 tablespoon

Cashew nut – few pieces

Cumin Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1 small piece, grated


Heat oil in a pan and put cumin seeds and ginger. Fry for 2 minutes. Transfer this to pressure cooker and add rice and moong dhal to it (uncooked rice and dhal). Add 2 cups of water. Pressure cook it till rice and shall becomes soft. Finally after opening add ghee and cashew nut to it. Mix with a big spoon so that rice and dhal get mixed well. Stir for 5-7 minutes to get it well mixed. This is a tasty dhal recipe that can be given to infants and toddlers.


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      Priya 5 years ago

      Thank you

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      dhannyya 5 years ago


      yes it is good for 1 year old. coconut oil is best for children

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      Rajesh 5 years ago

      Also one more question if ya don't mind, the oil used in"Moong dhal rice recipe for children" which oil is that? best suited for infants?

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      Rajesh 5 years ago

      Hi Dhannyya Ji,

      is this good for 1 year old ?

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      dhannyya 5 years ago

      thank you again Janhorner

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      So do I. I am going to find out!


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      dhannyya 5 years ago

      thanks Janhorner for your happy to see that you found my article useful...I hope you get splitted green gram in your place...

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      Hi this does sound like a very healthy dish for the wee ones. I have never heard of it. I think your recipe would do well today because children are not doing anywhere near enough exercise and, a lot of youngsters are becoming over weight. Perhaps some more of your recipes for the kids! I will have to try this for my grandchildren.

      Voted up,


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      myownlife 5 years ago from london

      Awesome and healthy recipe, Great job,

      Let's be healthy following this recipe,

      useful enough.

      Great job

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      dhannyya 5 years ago

      thanks urmilashukla ..

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great Moong Daal recipe. Useful!


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