Moong Dal

I like this really simple recipe I adapted from Madhu Gadia's New Indian Home Cooking. The only thing I changed was to use moong dal in place of toor dal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 4 cups water
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • pinch of asafetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • cilantro, for garnish
Method:
  1. Wash dal in 2 - 3 changes of water.
  2. In heavy skillet, add the dal, water, salt and turmeric. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender and soupy, 30 - 40 minutes.
  3. In a small frying pan, heat the oil to near smoking point. Add the asafetida and cumin seeds and cook until cumin seeds are golden brown, a few seconds. Remove from heat and add in the coriander powder. Immediately add to the dal and stir.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

25 comments:

mona said...

Meeso, I prepare my dal in a similar way. I blend the dal smooth and then later add the tadka and for sourness a little lemon concentrate or tamarind concentrate. Sometimes I also add in a little bit of Tomato chutney in the dal.
We call the above version 'Khatti Dal'.

A_and_N said...

Oh you made dal with Moong! I never make it this way. And I dunno why. It does take a post to help me :D realize this!

Linda said...

I love moong dal -- cooks up in a jiffy! Looks great :)

Cham said...

Lovely with rice,would be a great confort food for me!

Laavanya said...

What a mild & comforting dhal.

Valarmathi said...

I too prepare in the same way. Looks great.

AnuSriram said...

Lovely meal! Comforting!

Noor said...

Oh this looks good. I always get mixed up with all those dals, lol. Can you tell I am not an Indian cook? I do pretty good for having a Saudi husband though I would say (cooking Indian), lol.

I want your Indian Betty Crocker book now, lol. I am always on the outlook for it. Why cant we just get free e-books for everything?

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

delicious dal, a comfort food!

meeso said...

~ Thanks, AnuSriram :)

~ Thanks, Noor... there are a lot of dal's to get mixed up with!!! If you get a chance to get the cookbook, definitely get it! It is great for beginners to Indian food, too! It has pictures of the dal with the names ;) I bought mine on Amazon.

~ Thanks, Mahimaa :)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo wht a lovly simple mouthwatering platter...this is comfort meal..

Mandira said...

dal, rice and pickle is such a comfort food for me from the childhood days... looks great meeso!

vidhas said...

Lovley dhall, it s really a comfort food.

Sujatha said...

aah, simple and so comforting.. I can have this three times a day :) Looks delicious!

meeso said...

~ Thanks :)

Yasmeen said...

I make this simple dal very often with rice and parathas,yum!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

My mom makes similar to this,but I never get this lovely colour!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

This dal is my favorite! Looks delicious!

Recipe man said...

i love dal. this is so healthy!
india food in general is amazing
thanks

Madhumathi said...

Hi Meeso ,Thanks for stopping by my blog..
I love Dal n rice so much. Your dal with rice and pickle is making me hungry now..

meanbeet said...

Please come and cook for me! This dish and all your food looks AMAZING!

meeso said...

~ Thanks :)

Shabs.. said...

Thanks alot for dropping beautiful comments in my blog, U r so sweet....u know, I still am confused with all the dals and lentils!!My mom has to explain it to me in colours and shape and all when she has to give me a recipe:)Many looks same and names are also a bit confusing!!And u seem to know them quiet well:)...woow..

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Shabs... Even I was really confused at first! I had a book with pictures and names and after while, I just caught on and remembered them... sometimes I still look just to make sure which one I'm using ;)

Srivatsan said...

I made the moong dal with your recipe and it was awesome..Also realised i dont hv to cook in a few months :)