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moong dal
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5 from 2 votes

Moong dal recipe

Easy yellow moong dal is a comfort food at its best. It is a light protein rich lentils tastes best with some fried poppadums and rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Soaking time30 mins
Course: Curries and Lentils
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: moong dal, mung dal tadka
Servings: 4 people


  • pressure cooker
  • mathni/potato masher


  • ½ cup yellow mung dal soaked for 30 mins
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. oil


  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. green chilly chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder as per taste
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • salt as per taste


  • Wash and soak the lentils for atleast 30 minutes in 2 cups of water.You may also soak a combination of lentils such as moong dal,masoor,tuvar etc.
  • Boil the lentils along with chopped tomatoes , turmeric powder and salt in a pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
  • Mash the lentils using a potato masher or mathni.
  • In a tadka pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds. Let it splutter. Add the ginger, chopped chillies and heeng. Mix well.
  • Add red chilli powder to the tempering and turn off the heat. Add the tempering to the boiled lentils.Let it simmer for few minutes.
  • You may garnish optionally with chopped coriander. Serve hot with rice or roti.


The dal thickens when it cools down.Adjust salt and chillies accordingly
You may also use garlic along with ginger as per your taste