Legumes or Dals are popular dishes in India. There are different ways of preparing a dal. In this post, I have mentioned a moong dal recipe which does not use any tadka/tempering. The moong dal is made in one pot, much like the way dal makhani was made traditionally.
However, instead of a pot, I have used pressure cooker here. Cooking in a pot requires lots and lots of time. The taste and flavors of food cooked slowly is awesome, yet this moong dal recipe made in the pressure cooker tastes good too.
The moong dal becomes creamy as I have used white butter here. Using white butter in any recipe will give it a soft and creamy texture and a lovely taste.
Ingredients for the creamy moong dal recipe:
* 1 cup moong dal
* 2 tablespoons white butter
* 1/2 tsp haldi
* 1 tsp chili powder
* Half tsp garam masala powder
* 1 chopped green chili
* 1 chopped onion
* 1 chopped tomato
* 1 chopped garlic
* 1 chopped ginger
* 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
* 3 cups water or more if required
Method for making moong dal:
1: Firstly, wash and clean the moong dal. In a pressure cooker, add all the ingredients mentioned above including the moong dal. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Check to see if the moong dal is cooked or not. If not completely cooked, you can cook it for 1-2 whistles more.
2: When the moong dal is cooked, then blend the dal with the other cooked ingredients like onion, tomato etc. You can do this with the spoon or spatula.If more water is there simmer till the water evaporates. The dal should not be too watery nor too thick. If there is less water, then you can add more and simmer the dal. Once you get the right consistency of your choice, then check the taste. Add more of salt or chili powder if the need arises. Garnish with coriander leaves.
3: Serve moong dal hot with rotis, parathas, jeera rice or plain rice.
Note: This moong dal recipe has a slightly bland taste. If you want to spice it up, you can add a tempering/tadka of onions and chili powder. If you don’t want to add the tadka, then while cooking itself you can add more chili powder or green chillies. For the calorie conscious, you can add less white butter.