Moringa Masoor Curry – Steamed Version


I made this curry in the traditional style following below video.

And then I made the steamed version of it. Steamed food is much healthier and is Satvik in nature. Traditional recipe too was delicious but heating oil and cooking food on stove top gives it a rajasik feeling for us. So whenever I want to learn a recipe I try the traditional way and then turn it into steamed version:-)


  1. 20 drumsticks, fiber removed, chopped into long pieces
  2. 3 tomatoes
  3. 1 onion
  4. ginger garlic paste (3 garlic cloves, 1″ ginger)
  5. split masoor lentils ( we do not get split variety here, we get only whole variety, to make with whole variety soak the lentils overnight. This time I had some split masoor lentils brought from the USA)
  6. salt, turmeric, coriander powder(1/4 tsp), cumin powder(1/8 tsp), black pepper powder(1/8 tsp)
  7. 1 Tbsp of coconut oil

For tempering:

  1. 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  2. 1/8 tsp cumin seeds
  3. 5 curry leaves
  4. 2 Tbsp of coconut oil


Mix all ingredients form 1-7, transfer to the steamer bowl and pour water to cover all ingredients.

Cook for 1.5 hours

Give tempering: heat oil in a big pan, add mustard seeds, once they start spluttering, add cumin seeds, curry leaves. With off the stove and pour the curry from the steamer boil into the pan. Serve with rice!

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  1. Hello Nirav,
    You said that Steamed foods are Satvik in nature, and cooking foods , oils directly on pan makes it rajasik for you. How do you find out it gives you rajasik in nature.?

  2. It is just the feeling while eating and after eating. I still eat both kinds, though steamed more and that is why every time I know the difference.

  3. Yes, I too experience the difference. Eating steamed foods have always given me the feeling of peace and lightness. But I was not finding it ‘interesting’.. I was using too much oil (fried) and I have been seeing that my emotions go out of order. From last 3 days, I have changed many habits because my physical also started showing its intolerance. I am making satvik foods, not fearing for what others in the family say.. My husband started enjoyed as it is, I convinced my son, Father in law is complaining about the taste but I give him powder chutney to satisfy his craving for sharp taste.. and remind him it is “Satvik food” and good for health..

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