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By Nadia Marshall

If you’re a fan of Ayurvedic cooking, chances are you've cooked with mung daal. If you've cooked with mung daal a lot, chances are you've come across a batch that just wouldn't cook properly.

Ayurveda teaches it is important to cook your legumes and pulses very thoroughly, until they are soft all the way through and, in the case of mung daal, until they have lost their form completely. Normally, split mung daal should only take 20-30mins of simmering to cook, especially if it has been pre-soaked.

But this isn't always the case. Sometimes, no matter how much, how high and how long you cook your mung daal, it doesn't break down.

This is not your fault. You've done nothing wrong! It simply means you have a batch of mung daal that is perhaps a little young, has been harvested a little too soon and therefore doesn't break down as it should.

Don't worry.... there is no need to throw this mung away! Instead, just cook it in a pressure cooker. Not even young mung can withstand the power of a pressure cooker!  It should only need about 10-15 minutes (once it has boiled and come to pressure) to cook the daal.

Also, when you cook it, make sure you scrap the foam that accumlates at the top of the pot when you first bring it to the boil (which you can do before adding the pressure cooker lid) and also add hing/asafoetida to the pot. This will help ensure the young mung doesn't create any unwanted gas once digested.

I hope that helps x




Agni - the digestive fire.

Ama or Aama - undigested food waste, toxins.

Ojas- the foundation of our immune system and longevity.

Dhatus - the tissues of the body.

Srotas - the channels of the body.

Vata - the air/ether

intelligence in the body.

Pitta- the fire/water

intelligence in the body.

Kapha- the water/earth intelligence in the body.

Sattva- the quality of purity, intelligence, peace and love.

Rajas- the quality of

turbulence and activity.

Tamas- the quality of

dullness, darkness and inertia.

Rasa - the taste of a food (Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter, Astringent)

Virya - second level of digestion (either Heating or Cooling)

Vipaka - third level of digestion, the deep taste of a food (can be Sweet, Sour or Pungent)

Prabhav - the 'special effect' of a food or herb/spice

Rasa - also the name for plasma tissue

Rakta - blood tissue

Mamsa - muscle tissue

Meda - fat tissue

Asthi - bone tissue

Majja - nerve & bone marrow tissue

Shukra - sexual reproductive tissue

Why Won't My Daal Cook?

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