moong dal recipe, how to make moong dal tadka recipe | moong dal recipes

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moong dal tadka recipe with step by step photos – this is one of the delicious dal recipe, i make with moong dal.

some people don’t like moong dal as it is little bland. but trust me this moong dal tadka is not bland and taste very good. it has the flavors of tempered cumin, garlic, garam masala and red chili powder. once you make this delicious moong dal recipe, you are not going to hate moong dal anymore.

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moong dal (skinned spilt mung gram) is amongst one of the most commonly used lentils in india. there are many recipes made from mung dal – like:

moong dal is also added in veggie dishes like suva moong dal sabzi or turai moong dal sabzi.

moong dal is easy to digest and is often given to kids as well as convalescing adults. this does not mean that you cannot have this nutritious dal. you should include lentils in your diet, including this dal.

here’s a simple moong dal recipe. this dal is extremely good with some steamed basmati rice accompanied by a side vegetable dish or raita. have some roasted papads and lemon or mango pickle also by the side. a truly comfort and satisfying meal.

i paired the moong dal with some steamed sona masoori rice and aloo methi.

if you are looking for more dal recipes then do check:

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moong dal recipe | moong dal tadka recipe

moong dal tadka recipe - mung dal cooked with onion, tomatoes, ginger and then tempering with cumin, garlic, green chili and some indian spice powders.

course main course
cuisine indian, north indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 35 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

main ingredients for moong dal recipe:

  • ¾ cup moong dal (spilt skinned mung lentils)
  • 1 medium size onion - finely chopped
  • 1 medium size tomato - chopped
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - finely chopped or grated
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 3 cups water
  • salt as required

for tempering moong dal:

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 4 to 5 garlic (lahsun) - crushed lightly
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 or 2 green chilli (hari mirch) - slit
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon oil or ghee or butter

how to make recipe

pressure cooking moong dal:

  1. in a pressure cooker take 1 medium sized finely chopped onion, 1 medium sized chopped tomato and ½ inch finely chopped ginger.

  2. next add ⅓ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder and 3 cups water to the cooker.

  3. stir well and pressure cook till the moong dal is cooked and soft.

  4. once the pressure settles down, remove the lid and stir the dal.

  5. if the dal looks thick, then add some water and simmer for 1-2 minutes. add salt and keep aside.

making moong dal recipe:

  1. in a small pan, heat oil or ghee or butter. first fry the cumin seeds.

  2. next add the garlic and green chili and fry for some seconds.

  3. don't brown the garlic. switch off the flame.

  4. now add the garam masala powder, red chili powder and asafoetida.

  5. switching off the flame ensures that the spice powders don't get burned.

  6. quickly stir and immediately pour the tempering mixture in the dal.

  7. stir the moong dal and serve hot moong dal with steamed rice or chapatis.

  8. the moong dal tastes better as it is and there is no need to garnish or add coriander leaves to it.

how to make moong dal recipe:

1. rinse ¾ cup of moong dal (spilt skinned mung lentils) in water.

moong dal tadka recipe

2. measure and keep all the ingredients ready to add in the pressure cooker along with rinsed moong dal.

moong dal tadka recipe

3. in a pressure cooker add 1 medium sized finely chopped onion, 1 medium sized chopped tomato and ½ inch finely chopped ginger. next add ⅓ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon red chili powder in the cooker.

moong dal tadka recipe

4. next add 3 cups water to the cooker.

moong dal tadka recipe

5. stir well.

moong dal tadka recipe

6. pressure cook till the dal is cooked and soft.

moong dal tadka recipe

7. once the pressure settles down, remove the lid and stir the dal.

moong dal tadka recipe

8. if the dal looks thick, then add some water.

moong dal tadka recipe

8. simmer the dal for 1-2 minutes.

moong dal tadka recipe

9. add salt as required and stir well. keep the dal aside.

moong dal tadka recipe

10. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for tempering the moong dal.

moong dal tadka recipe

11. in a small pan, heat 2 to 3 tablespoon of oil or ghee or butter.

moong dal tadka recipe

12. first fry 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera).

moong dal tadka recipe

13. next add 4 to 5 lightly crushed garlic cloves and 1 to 2 slit green chilies. fry for some seconds.

moong dal tadka recipe

14. don’t brown the garlic. switch off the flame.

moong dal tadka recipe

15. now add ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder and 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing). switching off the flame ensures that the spice powders don’t get burned.

moong dal tadka recipe

16. quickly mix the spice powders well with a spoon.

moong dal tadka recipe

17. immediately pour the tempering mixture in the moong dal.

moong dal tadka recipe

18. stir the moong dal.

moong dal tadka recipe

19. serve moong dal hot with steamed rice or chapatis. the moong dal tastes better as it is and there is no need to garnish or add coriander leaves to it.

moong dal tadka recipe

About

dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.



132 thoughts on “moong dal recipe, how to make moong dal tadka recipe | moong dal recipes

  1. how long does one cook the daal in the pressure cooker? 10 minuets? 15? You didn’t say….

    • you can cook dal in a pressure cooker for about 6 to 7 minutes on a medium flame.

  2. Can I use ginger & garlic paste instead of using the ginger n garlic separately? Hope I can pressure cook it

    • yes you can use ginger-garlic paste together.

  3. I like all recipe

    • Thanks Deepak

  4. Dont have a pressure cooker, so using a pot. Dal comes out a bit hard. Even though i have soaked dal in water for many hours. Any idea ?

    • when cooking dal in a pan or pot, it does take time to cook. try soaking overnight or for atleast 4 to 5 hours. also use fresh dal. dals which are aged take a lot of time to cook and even after cooking them there is some hardness.

  5. Thank you for this delicious recipe Dassana,it has become a favourite for my mum. God bless you : )

    • Welcome Tanusha. Thanks for your best wishes and positive feedback.

  6. I used this dal only to make khichdi but this recipe is awesome n nw I cook it very often thanks a lottttttttttttt…..

    • Welcome Malkeet. Nice to know this.

  7. Hi! What can I do if I don’t have a pressure cooker?

    • cook the lentils along with the other ingredients, covered in a pan or pot. add water as required. you can soak the lentils for 30 minutes before cooking them.

  8. I used to hate moong dal, to me it always meant food for a sick tummy. But fortunately, I found this recipe and I can’t thank you enough for it, Dassana. I have started preparing it frequently, sick or not.

    • welcome nidhi. glad to know that you liked this recipe.

  9. Hello,

    Wondering what you mean by lightly crushing garlic and slot chillies.

    • Helen, crush them lightly in a mortar and pestle. don’t make a paste. just crush it lightly.

      • Thank you 🙂

        • welcome helen

  10. Hi when I try making moong dal in pressure cooker it gets lumpy and gets thick in some time after I open the pressure cooker what to do?

    • radhika, if the moong dal gets cooked too much,, then it becomes lumpy. so cook for less time or less number of whistles. in case the dal becomes lumpy, then add some hot water and then break the lumps with a spoon or use a hand blender to do the same.

  11. Thank you so much
    I love all recipes with detailed instructions and pictures

    I really got interested after going through your recipes
    today I prepared dal tadka with allo fry it tasted yummy… my friend’s too liked it.

    • pleased to know this thankyou so much deepthi 🙂 for your positive feedback.

  12. i never enjoyed dals as much I do today after following your recipes. Yes you have coming back for more and more every single time….. How do you do that !!!

    Thank you thank you thank you!!

    • welcome welcome sheetal 🙂 and thankyou so much.

  13. My pressure cooker doesn’t have a whistle. So how many minutes should I pressure cook for? And Should I soak the beans before hand?

    • no need to soak the beans. pressure cook for 10 to 12 minutes.

      • Thanks a lot!

  14. Simply, delicious and awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    Asghar Saudi Arabia

    • thankyou and welcome asghar 🙂

  15. Your recipes are really simple and the outcome really tasty. It has become an habit to refer your receipies for the regular everyday cooking too.

    • very pleased to know this seema 🙂 thankyou for your positive and kind words.

  16. very helpful!!!!!!!thnks

    • welcome vivek 🙂

  17. Amazing and very easy to make ! Thank you so much 🙂

    • welcome always nida 🙂

  18. Can I make Moong Dal without a pressure cooker?

    • Yes you could make moong dal without the pressure cooker but that would take a longer time to cook the lentils. Hope this help’s you.

  19. Very awesome dish in a very less time.

    It has become a daily routine for me to visit your website

    • thankyou sonia 🙂 pleased to know this.

  20. Hi Dassana,
    You are my life line. Every day I refer to your websites for recipes even though I know how to prefer a particular dish. I am a big foodie and love the way to describe each and every step and the quantities you mention are just perfect. Even my sister who prepare lovely food refers to your website. Thanks a ton for making life of many of us easier and tastier. God bless you

    • we are very pleased to know this nandini 🙂 thankyou for your kind and encouraging words god bless you and you sister.

  21. Hi dasanna,

    All your recipes are fantastic and easy to follow. ..I simply love to try them and almost all of them hit at my place. Can you please give us the recipe of green moong dal

    • thanks vidhya. nice to know this. i will try to add the recipe soon.

  22. Hi Dassana-ji, I have noticed that I write 10 times more than the other responsees – so I better be terse, and to the point …. even at the expense of my humor….
    First of all, thank you for printing my letter.
    I read somewhere – in your recipes, in a reply to a letter, ( Mah. Amti recipes – March 31, 2015) that you recommend throwing out the ‘wash water’ – used for say, soaking beans and dals, before cooking. I think you wrote that the soaked water ( supernatent ) should be discarded, – ‘because it contains phytates’. Here is a link Are phytates good or bad – by Dr. Andrew Weil M.D. . Dr. Weil is. supposedly, as highly respected, here in the US, as say, Dr. Deepak Chopra. I believe myself to be a hedonist, only interested in good food, irrespective of nutrition, soo I don’t read either of them or – for that matter, – any of them …..

    But I do believe, that if urad dal is soaked in water for grinding into dosa or idli dough – you should reuse the water that it was soaked in because then the resulting fermentation is much more successful and faster. This is not as important in India, where there are plenty of bacteria to help , ;-o) and the ambient temperatures are relatively higher, at all times of the year – but, say, in the US, where the temperatures can be very cold – then fermentation of the dough can present a challenge. For the idli/dosa dough I have found that adding some poha, some puffed rice, one slice of bread and some methi seeds – all before the grinding – can do wonders for fermentation.

    Have you used Teppals / Tirphal in your recipes ? Since I have a konkani background , I have used them sometimes, — here is a good description, with pictures .

    • there are a few readers of the blog who write a lot. so you have company 🙂

      i agree on the point of soaking lentils or legumes in water in both the points you mentioned. when i soak rajma or chana, then i do discard the soaked water. but for idli or dosa, i use the soaked water for grinding the urad dal. because as you mentioned it helps in better fermnentation and also fermentation changes the quality of nutrients in the batter. an indian climate is very good for fermenting idli or dosa batter. i also add methi seeds, poha or cooked rice while grinding the batter. thanks for sharing the tip on bread. never tried bread. also thanks for sharing the links.

      i use teppals/tirphal in usal or the goan vegetarian curries i make. i also use them while making schezwan sauce. i still have a stock of them at home 🙂

  23. Hi Dassanaji, I tried your Mung dal recipe as above, and it came out great ! I had already mixed equal quantities of mung and masoor dal ( old, old, stock, that I had to use up – ) and pressure cooked them for 12 minutes. Unfortunately, our pressure cookers in the USA do not whistle, …. so we have to use a timer …. and do the whistling ourselves . I generally whistle the song,’Pyar kiya toh darna kya – from Mughal-E-Azam.’. ;-0)
    Then I came here and read out your recipe …. so I had to fry the onions and the ubiquitous tomato in the tadka. We ate the dal with some Kali Jeera rice. In my humble opinion, the kali jeera rice – the socalled ‘pearl grained basmati rice’ — is a waste of time and money. Just my personal opinion. The wife and I ate the dal with the kali jeera rice and some chana masala, that I made yesterday – and now we’re well fed and snug as a bug in the rug. Thanks for your glorious recipes !!! Next week, I am going for Mt. Everest — I am going to try to make your khasta masala peas kachori !

    • welcome gary ji. your comment made us laugh. thanks for sharing positive feedback. i hope peas kachori comes out well.

  24. I hav tried it was easy and delicious loved it. Great work looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

    • thanks shilpa. glad to know this.

  25. Hi Dassana, I like your website and the variety of the recipes. Actually, I m looking for a new way how to make yellow mung dal (the tiny yellow dal) in order to find out the more delicious one. I got confused here, is this a yellow mung dal? if not, is there a recipe in your blog to call for that dal please. thank you in advance

    • welcome redha. this is a yellow moong dal recipe only.

  26. Can you please provide sukhi moong dal recipe… With or without capscicum. Thanks

    • welcome tassy. i have added it in the requested recipes list. will try to post it soon.

  27. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It came out very well. I had it with parathas but would try it with white rice later. Best wishes, Asghar

    • welcome asghar. thanks for sharing positive feedback and your experience.

  28. Wow, i am just reading your website but haven’t cooked…you make it look easy…and they do definitely look delicious…thanks for sharing your recipes…more power!

    • welcome mira. thanks for your encouraging feedback.

  29. Thanks for such tasty! Recipe my husband and my in-law like it most

    • welcome and thanks for sharing your review.

  30. I Come back to your recipes time and time again. I Always refer to this recipe as my Hug recipe as I always find it uplifting and so lovely to eat that it’s like I am being given a hug.
    Nancy

    • thanks nancy for sharing this sweet feedback on moong dal tadka. glad to know this.

  31. Dassana thank you for another great dal recipe.

    • welcome urszula

  32. Hi! Just a quick question, when I’m cooking the daal in the pressure Cooker, should I put on high heat or medium heat, and how many whistles should I wait before turning off the heat? Thanks!

    • juvy, cook the dal on high heat. you can pressure cook the moong dal for 4-6 whistles or till the dal is cooked and soft. actual whistles depends upon the quality of dal.

  33. Hi Dassana
    I am an avid follower of ur recipes and must
    say that I have tried many of them
    and my family members just luv it
    Thanks for ur recipes
    God bless

    • welcome shreeja. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your sweet feedback and blessings.

  34. I don’t have my mother or my mil to teach me cooking. I just read your blog and learnt cooking. Thanks a lot!!

    • welcome gayathri. its a very touching comment. please feel free to ask any query on recipes. i hope i am able to help you.

  35. Made this for my friends on a Sunday night. My friend who literally hates dal because it is usually made bland loved it. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

    I didn’t have sambhar powder that day – so this was my menu:
    Dal
    Rasam
    Rice
    Cabbage
    Chips

    It was warm and fulfilling meal. So thank you. Oh I used you rasam recipe as well.

    • thanks gayathri. i know many people do not like dal. but if made well, they will love it. your menu is good. agree a warm and fulfilling meal.

  36. Hi, Can I ask a few stupid questions :

    1. Often when I make dal, it becomes bitter, sometimes it doesn’t. In restaurants I almost never get a bitter taste, and sometimes I even seem to get a very mild sweet taste that doesn’t come from sugar. What is the secret to conquering the bitterness?

    2. Some people put salt before cooking dal, some do after cooking. One view seems to be that putting salt before cooking makes it take longer to cook, but what difference does either approach make to the taste?

    3. I often find it difficult to get the effect of the tadka seep into the dal. Are there tips I could use to this effect?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    • questions are not stupid. we always learn and keep on learning. my answers below:

      1. the bitterness can be due to quality of water. i guess. in all my years of cooking dal, i have never got dal tasting bitter. so i assume it must be the water. dal if cooked properly gets a mild sweetness. this is true for most lentils. even if you add a small onion while cooking dal, then it makes the dal taste a bit sweet.
      2. i usually do not add salt while cooking as then they don’t become smooth and mushy. when salt is added, they do cook, but have separate grains.
      3. add the tadka and immediately close the pan or cooker with lid for a few minutes. the tadka aroma & flavor will infuse in the dal.

  37. This was great! It has taken me a long time to realize that I love Moong dal but dislike brown lentils. I kept trying lentil recipes with brown lentils and thought they tasted terrible, and yet every time I visited my husband’s family I liked their dal. This is a nice basic recipe. I just sautéed everything and then added the dal and water so it was all in one pot. Yum! We served it with zucchini (recipe below), basmati rice, and a roti ( a browned tortilla with butter!)

    We had zucchini on the side: (2 medium zucchini cut into half-moons, 1 teaspoon of garam masala, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, and 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds). Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to a pan, add the spices, then increase the heat until the oil/butter bubbles. Add squash and sauté for a few minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and sugar on the squash and cover the pan. The squash will steam in its own juices. Cook until tender, then take off the lid and evaporate extra water if needed.

    • thanks a lot amber for this lovely feedback as well as for sharing the zucchini recipe. i have noted down your recipe. zucchini is not easy to get here, so i will make it with bottle gourd.

      • The bottle gourd squash would probably work well. I sometimes use yellow squash instead and the taste is very similar.

        I love that zucchini recipe because it comes out a bit sweet and just so buttery, even though not much butter is added. Eating it with naan or roti is even better!

        • amber, i will see if i can get zucchini here and will try the recipe.

  38. Kindly send ideas of Moongdal and allied food dishes

    • harini, please use google search button which is at top of the website. there are few moong dal recipes posted in the blog like halwa, dosa etc.

  39. Hey.iam a big fan of your recipes. I have tried number of your recipes.thanks for sharing these recipes with us

    • thanks shweta.

  40. Hi my new love :p
    have been trying ur recipes day after day and they are coming out awesome. 🙂
    Wanna ask that in the above dal recipe u have not added kasuri methi while in ur other dal recipes u have used it…..any particular reason for that? What is kasuri methi used for in general? I mean how does it affect the taste of any dish?
    Thank you for ur marvellous blog n recipes .. 🙂 🙂

    • hi himani 🙂
      there is no particular reason for not adding kasuri methi. you can add kasuri methi in this moong dal recipe too. kasuri methi is aromatic and gives a lovely aroma when added to food. mostly used in punjabi recipes and in restaurant style indian food.

  41. This is the first time, I’ve tried your recipe. Substituted this recipe with whole moong dal, and different chillies. I think it may be the best tasting dal, I’ve ever had in my life. Thanks a million, Dassana. Very eager to try your chinese recipes next.

    • thanks ajit for this feedback. do try the chinese recipes. they are pretty simple to make, except for the extensive chopping.

  42. your recipe presentation and process is very simple and easy tempting to try out for the readers . looks yummy and tasty.. my husband is a hardcore north indian foodie and lov to try the northy dishes and surprise him.. will try this one too and give feedback.. but jus curious to know.. cannot the onion and tomatoes be cooked seperate on a pan and dal pressure cooked seperately and added at the last..

  43. I stumbled across your blog while searching for daal recipes, and over the last few weeks have been trying out your different recipes!
    I must say Dassana, this website are great! It gives foodies like me a very easy way to satiate our cravings, and the the pictorial descriptions help reduce the doubts that a novice cook might have! It re-affirms the fact that Indian cooking not rocket science, when someone shows you so clearly how to do it!
    Thanks, and great going!
    Wishing you guys all the best and looking forward to more recipes:)

    • welcome arvind and big thanks for this positive feedback. reading such comments motivates me to post more recipes and i feel the effort in posting recipes is worth it. always nice to read that blog is helping people.

  44. It is an amazing receipe.i made it for lunch with ghee rice, it went on well with it.

    • thanks sujatha

  45. Made this tonight with matar pulao. Followed the recipe exactly (except added a bit more chillies and garlic), and skipped the pressure cooker because it scares me (did it stove-top and used an immersion blender to thicken/soften the dal once cooked) and it was absolutely fantastic. Tastes just like the dals I enjoyed while traveling in northern India earlier this year. None of the other recipes I tried taste this authentic or delish. I love all your recipes, and this is the best dal by far. Well, your makhani dal is really good too!. Many thanks! Liz

    • welcome liz. glad to know that you liked the moong dal. dal makhani is very popular in north india specially in punjab, delhi etc and in road side dhabas.

  46. Long back I had tasted some dal (at tat age, cud not identify the lentil tat was used) with chapattis in a north Indian restaurant. I was longing to cook the same combination but cud not find the recipe with moong dal. When I googled, the most of the dal recipes said, “this could be had with plain rice”. I cud not find dal for chapattis. Yday I stumbled over ur site and was so excited to find it. Tried it yday night itself and it was a damn success. My husband loved it (me too) and wanted to have it for rice too….thanq so much. By luks itself All ur recipes are sumptuous. Will keep referring .

    • welcome bhuvana. good to know that you liked the recipe and your search was fruitful. keep visiting.

  47. Made this today and it was so good whole family like it…really thank you so much for the wonderful recipe..

    • welcome nisana

    • Made this last night for dinner. It was wonderful, restaurant style! So easy too. Thank you so much for this great recipe. Going to try the tawa paneer next!

      • welcome janet. nice to know that you liked the dal recipe.

  48. Made this dal yesterday absolutely loved it. Could you please post a recipe for Sabut Moongi and Moth dal I tried this combination when I visited India in 2009 but haven’t been able to find a good recipe. Your help would be much appreciated. Thanks x

    • will add these recipes khushi.

  49. Thank you for such a lovely authentic recipe,could just imagine you doing it at home,after all the warnings I managed to slightly burn the spices although eatable it will not happen again,I will also be looking out for future recipes as this was super and seems to me original,although not sure about the pressure cooker bit thanks again Phil

    • thanks. i am sure next time you will be careful when frying the spices. try frying them on a low flame and they don’t get burnt.

  50. This dal recipe is tip top. i love a bit of dal with my tea. imagine if rock were actually soft, but when you touched them they turned hard…that”s how i feel about dal.

  51. Wowowo tried this dal just turned out yummmmm…. 😉 tanks for the recipe

    • welcome andy

  52. Made ur tadka dal just now..n came out to be very very yummy…n ur veg biriyani is ultimate. .it comes out very tasty every time I make…thank u loads…

    • welcome srivi. nice to know that you liked moong dal tadka and biryani recipe.

  53. Your pictures are beautiful and inspiring!

    Question: how long do you cook the dal in the pressure cooker? I have seen some recipes that say several whistles but that is rather confusing. I tried this and while tasty, the consistency was nothing like your picture 🙁 I’m definitely going to try it again!

    • thanks erica. since moong dal gets cooked faster than the other dals, i usually cook for about 6-7 minutes. i am just thinking this aloud because i usually don’t measure time. i measure the number of whistles. to get a smooth and well cooked consistency, i cook the dal for about 5-6 whistles on medium to full flame. if you don’t get a smooth consistency after pressure cooking, then add some water if required and pressure cook the dal again for a couple of whistles. hope this helps.

  54. Awesome recipe. I tried this today. My favorite recipe is Daal Chawal. Thankyou dassana

    • welcome vishal

  55. y salt is not added during pressure cooking…though in many dals (eg dal tadka) v add it before ….vl it make much difference…?
    wanted to know cuz its difficult to remember such minute details

    • if salt is when cooking dals or lentils, then they don’t become mushy and soft. they get cooked but retain their individual shape. this is good if one wants a dal recipe where the grains are visible. but for dal we need a mashable consistency, hence adding salt is not advised. salt is added once the dal is mashed or whisked.

  56. Hi! Thank you so much for your amazing website, my husband and I are looking forward to trying many of these beautiful dishes. For this recipe, do you have a suggestion of how to make it without a pressure cooker? I appreciate your help!

    • welcome gita. here’s the answer to your query. soak the mung lentils for 45 mins to 1 hour. drain and keep aside. heat about 4-5 cups water in a pot, when the water begins to boil, lower the flame and add all the ingredients including the lentils. cook for 30 mins or more till the lentils have become soft and cooked thoroughly. add more water if required while cooking. they should have a creamy consistency but not become pasty and lumpy when mashed. if they become lumpy then add more water and break the lumps with a spoon and simmer for a few minutes. mung lentils when overcooked become pasty and lumpy. then continue with the rest of the recipe.

      • Thank you for your speedy reply and detailed information! I appreciate the time you take answering questions, I’m looking forward to making this recipe. I also just purchased a small grinder so I can grind spices for tea and other dishes. Many thanks!

        • you are welcome, gita

  57. This was delicious! It was my first time making moong dal and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. My husband and I devoured it! Thanks

    • thanks amna

  58. Hi dassana. Is there a particular reason to not let garlIc brown? Does that change the taste?

    • yes it does change the taste and flavor. if the garlic gets too browned, it can give slight bitter tones in the oil, which won’t make much of a difference in the overall dal. a slight light browning is alright.

  59. Made it yesterday. Everyone in my family loved it. Thank you so much for the awesome recipe

    • thanks richa

  60. Making this today Dassana. You are still my go to recipe guide! Can’t wait to eat it! Tina x

    • thanks tina. hope the recipe was good.

  61. This turned out really awesome! Made it with the Karela subzi and phulkas. Will definitely be making this again!

    • thanks nandita for the feedback.

  62. I loved this. Made this today and it was so nice that my husband and I had it on its own, without any rice or chapati. Love…love …love it. Thanks again for yet another awesome recipe.

    • thanks neha for sharing the positive feedback on moong dal.

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