Moong Dal Recipe (Fry & Tadka Versions)

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Moong Dal recipe is a delicious, healthy and protein rich dish made from hulled and split mung beans or yellow moong lentils. Here I share two different recipes that feature tasty lentils: Moong Dal Tadka, with flavorful seasonings tempered in hot oil or ghee, and Moong Dal Fry, which includes lightly sautéing aromatics before mixing with the cooked yellow mung lentils. Both methods are easy to prepare with my step-by-step instructions and photos, and create incredibly savory, satisfying lentil dishes!

moong dal recipe in white bowl with a plate of steamed rice and a vegetable dish in the background

What is Moong Dal

Lentils, and mung beans in particular, are a staple in Indian cuisine. They are commonly pressure cooked to become wonderfully tender, and served as saucy main dishes with roti, paratha or steamed rice.

Moong dal here refers to skinned and split mung beans also known as petite yellow lentils. They originally are greenish in color, but have a yellow color once the husks are removed.

Photo of hulled and split mung lentils below.

closeup photo of yellow uncooked moong lentils

On the other hand, a dal recipe is also referred to as Dal and so this preparation made with mung lentils is also called Moong Dal.

Compared to other lentils, Moong lentils are among the easiest to digest. Therefore they are often recommended for low glycemic diets, and are a part of the detox diet in Ayurveda.

Dishes with mung beans are thought to balance the Kapha, Pita and Vata doshas in the body, and thus are tridoshic in nature as per Ayurveda.

If you are like moong lentils, than you can also check out this tasty recipe made with green gram or whole moong lentils – Green Moong Dal

About Moong Dal Tadka

‘Tadka’ here refers to the cooking method used to make this recipe: It is called tempering in English, and no, it’s not in any way related to tempering chocolate. In this method, the spices and herbs are first fried in oil or ghee (clarified butter).

Basically it is blooming of spices in fat. Frying them releases their essential aroma and flavors into the oil.

After being fried, this entire infusion of the spices, herbs and the oil is added to the completed cooked moong dal.

Sometimes moong dal recipes can lack flavor. However, as I’m sure you can imagine this dish is absolutely bursting with bold, savory spices.

It includes tempered cumin, garlic, garam masala and red chili powder. Together they create a rich, earthy, wonderfully tasty dish.

Once you make this delicious moong dal recipe, you are going to have a whole new opinion of the humble dal!

The consistency of Moong Dal Tadka is somewhere between a curry and soup, slightly thin and pourable but still with a good bit of body.

It’s perfect to serve with some steamed basmati rice and a side vegetable dish and/or raita. And I always recommend that you have some roasted papad and lemon or mango pickle on the side, too, for a complete meal.

I love to pair moong dal tadka with some steamed basmati rice and Aloo Methi.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Moong Dal Tadka

Recipe 1


1. First, rinse ½ a cup of moong dal (split husked mung lentils) in water a couple of times. Drain all the water and set aside.

rinsing moong dal with water

2. You will need to cook the moong lentils. In a 3 litre stove-top pressure cooker or in the inner pot of a 6 quart Instant Pot add the following ingredients together with the rinsed moong lentils:

  • 1 medium sized finely chopped onion or ⅓ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 medium sized chopped tomato or ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 inch of peeled and finely chopped ginger
  • ⅓ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of red chili powder or cayenne pepper
moong dal recipe ingredients in pressure cooker

3. Add 1.5 cups of water, and stir well.

water mixed with ingredients in pressure cooker

Pressure Cook Lentils

4. Pressure cook the lentils, aromatics, spices and herbs for 5 to 6 whistles on medium heat, until the lentils are cooked perfectly and softened.

Let the pressure fall naturally in the stove-top cooker and then only open the lid. Remove the lid and stir the dal.

For the Instant Pot, this will take approximately 8 to 10 minutes on manual pressure. Once you hear the beep sound when the cooking is complete, do a quick pressure release after 10 minutes.

cooked moong lentils

5. The dal should be loose with a medium flowing consistency. If the moong dal looks thick, then add some water. Start with half a cup and stir, and add more water as needed.

water being added to cooked moong dal

6. Simmer (or use the sauté function on the IP) the moong dal for 1 to 2 minutes or more until you get just the right consistency. It should have a consistency some where like that of a curry.

simmering moong dal

7. Add salt to taste and mix well. Set the dal aside.

small mound of salt on cooked moong dal

Make Tadka

8. Gather and measure all of your ingredients needed to temper the cooked moong dal. In a small pan on low-medium heat, melt 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil, ghee or butter.

ghee being melted in small pan (tadka pan)

9. Fry 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds in the hot oil. They should change color and crackle, but not burn. Turn the heat down to low if needed.

cumin seeds frying in ghee in pan

10. Next add 4 to 5 lightly crushed garlic cloves and 1 to 2 slit green chilies to the pot. Fry for a few seconds, but don’t brown the garlic. Turn off the stovetop heat immediately.

slit green chilies, garlic being fried in ghee.

11. Once the heat is off, add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of garam masala powder, ¼ teaspoon of red chili powder and 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing).

Switching off the heat ensures that the spice powders don’t get burned.

ground spices in small pan

12. Quickly mix the spice powders well with a spoon. This is your tempering mixture to add flavor to the moong dal.

tadka mixture in pan

13. After stirring, immediately pour the tempering mixture into the pot with the cooked lentils. Stir the moong dal tadka well to combine.

tadka poured on moong dal.

14. Serve Moong Dal Tadka hot with steamed rice or Roti. The moong dal tastes delicious as-is with no need to garnish.

But feel free to sprinkle with some chopped coriander leaves to add a pop of fresh flavor.

For a slight tang of bright acidity, you can also squeeze some lemon juice onto the dish before serving.

moong dal on white bowl

About Mung Dal Fry

This is a quick and easy Punjabi recipe of delicious moong dal fry at home which I often make. I make a variety of lentils on a daily basis and mung dal happens to be one of them.

In this Moong dal fry recipe, the mung lentils are cooked first. Then a sautéed mixture of onions, tomatoes and spices is added to the cooked mung lentils which is then simmered for some more minutes. The end result is a smooth, creamy and flavorful moong dal.

moong dal fry in white bowl with a side of steamed rice on a white plate

Legumes or dal are a staple in the Indian Cuisine and there are so many ways of making them. In the Indian Cuisine, you will find many variations of dal – from the simplest basic version made with minimal ingredients to spicy or rich versions made with many ingredients.

Each Indian state has their own versions of a dal tadka or dal fry. In the state itself, the versions keep on changing in some cities or towns.

You can serve the yellow moong dal fry with Indian flat breads like roti, paratha or with cumin rice or steamed basmati rice.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Mung Dal Fry

Recipe 2

Cook Mung Dal

1. Firstly pick and rinse ½ cup moong dal (split and hulled mung lentils) for a few times with water. You can also rinse the yellow moong dal in a colander.

rinsing yellow moong lentils with water in colander

2. Then add the yellow mung lentils to a 3 litre stove-top pressure cooker together with 2.5 cups of water and a pinch of turmeric powder. Stir and mix very well.

moong lentils and water being stirred in pressure cooker

3. Pressure cook the yellow moong dal for 5 to 6 whistles or till they are soft and mushy.

cooked yellow moong dal

4. Mash the lentils with a spoon.

lentils being mashed with wooden spoon

5. Add 1 cup water or as required, to get the desired consistency.

water being added to mashed yellow moong dal

6. Add salt as required and mix again.

salt being added

7. On a low heat, keep the cooked yellow moong dal to simmer. Remember to stir often so that the lentils does not get browned or burnt or stick to the bottom of the cooker.

simmering moong dal

Make Moong Dal Fry

8. Meanwhile, measure and keep all the ingredients ready. In a kadai or pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil together with ½ tablespoon butter.

oil and butter in pan

9. Crackle 1 teaspoon cumin seeds first.

cumin seeds in oil and butter mixture in pan

10. Then add 1 medium sized chopped onion (about ⅓ cup chopped onions). Sauté the onions till light brown. Stir often when sautéing onions.

onions being sautéed in pan

11. Then add 1 inch chopped ginger, 3 to 4 chopped small to medium garlic cloves, 1 green chili and 1 dry red chili (seeds removed). Sauté for half a minute.

ginger, green chilies, dry red chili with sautéed onions in pan

12. Add 1 medium sized tomato which has been chopped (about ½ cup chopped tomatoes). Sauté stirring often until the tomatoes soften.

tomatoes being sautéed

13. Then add the following spices and stir to combine:

  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)
ground spices added to the sautéed mixture

14. Next add ½ teaspoon crushed dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves.

coriander leaves and crushed dry fenugreek leaves in pan

15. Stir and continue to sauté till oil starts to leave the sides of the masala. And later continue to sauté further for 1 to 2 minutes more after oil has started to leave the sides.

sautéed mixture in pan

16. Add this mixture to the simmering dal.

sautéed mixture added to cooked dal to make moong dal fry

17. Stir and simmer the dal for 2 to 3 minutes or more. You have to simmer till the flavors have blended well in the moong dal and you get the desired consistency.

simmering moong dal fry

18. If you prefer you can add a few drops of lemon juice.

drops of lemon juice being added to moong dal fry

19. Mix well. Taste the dal and add salt if required. Turn off the heat. Garnish with coriander leaves.

coriander leaves on moong dal fry in the cooker

20. Serve Moong Dal Fry with steamed rice, cumin rice or with Indian flatbreads like roti, paratha or naan.

moong dal fry in white bowl

Difference between Tadka and Fry Methods

Though both the tadka and fry versions may look the same, preparation methods and the final taste of each dish is quite unique and different.

  1. Moong dal tadka has the lentils cooked first with aromatics. Later the spices are bloomed in fat for their flavors and aroma to release. This blooming of spices is called as tadka, chaunk, vaghar in Indian languages. This tempering mixture is mixed with the cooked moong dal which perks up the flavors more.
  2. Moong dal fry has the only the lentils cooked first. A sautéed mixture of onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs is added to the cooked lentils and further simmered for a few minutes. Though the word ‘fry’ is used, keep in mind that nothing is literally fried in the recipe.

Expert Tips

  • While cooking any lentil dish, I suggest to use unpolished lentils for optimum flavor and nutrition.
  • If you prefer you can soak the moong lentils for 20 to 30 minutes. Soaking them will reduce the cooking time.
  • Either of the recipe can be turned into a one pot cooking method and can be made in a stove-top pressure cooker or Instant pot. Simply sauté the spices, aromatics first, add the lentils and water as needed. Pressure cook until done.
  • Feel free to reduce or increase the pungent spices and herbs like red chilli powder, ginger, garlic and green chilies according to your taste buds.
  • Make sure to cook the lentils until they are softened and mushy. You can also adjust the consistency by adding less or more water.
  • For a gluten-free moong dal recipe, omit adding the asafoetida.


What can I do if I don’t have a pressure cooker at home?

If you do not have a pressure cooker at home, then you can cook the lentils along with other ingredients in a pot or pan on a stovetop.

Make sure to cover the pot or pan. Also, add water as required. Before cooking the lentils, you can also soak them for about 30 minutes.

Instead of ginger and garlic separately, can I add ginger-garlic paste?

Yes, you can definitely do so.

Can I add add kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) in the moong dal tadka recipe?

Of course, you can add kasuri methi in this recipe. It will only make the dish even more fragrant and delicious.

Why no salt is added while pressure cooking dal?

If you add salt while pressure cooking any dal or lentil, it will not become soft and mushy. The grains will get cooked but will retain their individual shape.

This is good if you want a dal recipe where the grains are visible. But in this recipe, we require a mashable consistency. Hence, adding salt while pressure cooking the dal is not suggested.

How can I make sure that the flavors of the tadka are properly seeped into the dal?

To get the proper flavor of the tadka in the dal, add the tadka and immediately close the pan or cooker with lid for a few minutes. This way, aroma and flavor of the tadka will infuse well in the dal.

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moong dal in a white bowl

Moong Dal Recipe (Wholesome & Nutritious)

Moong Dal recipe is a delicious, healthy and protein rich dish made from hulled and split mung beans or yellow moong dal. Here I share two different recipes that include these tasty lentils – Moong Dal Tadka and Moong Dal Fry.
4.91 from 88 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Course Main Course
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 4


For Moong Dal Tadka – Recipe 1

  • ½ cup moong dal (split and hulled mung lentils)
  • cup onions – finely chopped
  • ½ cup tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 inch ginger – finely chopped or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • 1.5 cups water – for pressure cooking
  • salt as required

For Tempering (Tadka) – Recipe 1

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Ghee or oil or butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves – small to medium-sized, crushed lightly
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder or ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 or 2 green chilli – slit or ½ teaspoon chopped
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing), optional

For Moong Dal Fry – Recipe 2

  • ½ cup moong dal (split yellow mung lentils)
  • 1.5 cups water – for pressure cooking. check point no 6 in notes below on cooking the lentils in a pan or pot
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water  – to be added later when the dal is simmering or add as the consistency required
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • cup onions – finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger – finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves – small to medium, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili –  slit or chopped or ½ teaspoon chopped
  • 1 dry red chili – stem and seeds removed
  • ½ cup tomatoes – finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing), optional
  • ½ teaspoon  dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi), crushed
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves – chopped
  • salt as required
  • 4 to 5 drops lemon juice or as needed, optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coriander leaves – chopped, for garnish


Making Moong Dal Tadka – Recipe 1

  • First rinse the moong lentils a couple of times in water. Drain the water and set the lentils aside.
  • In a 3 litre stove-top pressure cooker take the rinsed lentils, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes and finely chopped ginger. Also add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and water to the cooker. Mix well.
  • Pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles on medium flame till the moong lentils are softened well. Once the pressure settles down, remove the lid and stir the dal.
  • If the dal looks thick, then add some water and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add salt. Mix very well and keep aside. Check the taste and if required you can add more salt.
  • In a small pan, heat oil or ghee or butter. First fry the cumin seeds.
  • Next add the garlic and green chili and fry for some seconds. Don't brown the garlic. Switch off the flame.
  • Now add the garam masala powder, red chili powder and asafoetida. Switching off the flame earlier ensures that the spice powders don't get burned.
  • Quickly stir and immediately pour the tempering mixture in the dal.
  • Stir the dal and serve hot moong dal with steamed rice or chapatis.
  • The moong dal tadka tastes better as it is and there is no need to garnish or add coriander leaves to it.
    But if you want you can always garnish with some coriander leaves. For a slight tang you can also squeeze some lemon juice.

Making Moong Dal Fry – Recipe 2

  • Pick and rinse the mung lentils first for a few times in water.
  • Then add the lentils in a 3 litre stove-top pressure cooker along with water and turmeric powder. Stir and pressure cook the lentils for 5 to 6 whistles till the dal is soft and mushy.
  • Mash the moong dal with a spoon.Stir in some salt and add water as required to get the desired consistency. Keep the dal to simmer on a low flame.
  • Heat oil along with the butter on a low heat. Crackle the cumin seeds first.
  • Add onions and fry till light brown.Now add the ginger, garlic, green chilies & dry red chili. Sauté for half a minute.
  • Add the tomatoes and sauté till the tomatoes soften.Add all the red chili powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida, kasuri methi and coriander leaves.
  • Stir and continue to sauté till oil starts to leave the sides of the masala. Continue to sauté for 1 to 2 minutes more after oil has started to leave the sides.
  • Add this mixture to the simmering dal. Stir and simmer the dal for 2 to 3 minutes or more till the flavors have well blended in the dal and till you get the desired consistency.
  • If you prefer you can add a few drops of lemon juice to the dal. Serve Moong Dal Fry garnished with coriander leaves with steamed rice, cumin rice or even chapati.



  1. Soaking: You can soak the lentils for 20 to 30 minutes and this will speed up the cooking time.
  2. Green Chillies: You can use serrano peppers instead of the Indian green chillies. You can even replace the green chillies with dried red chillies.
  3. Consistency: You can have a thick or medium or thin consistency of the dal by adding less water or more water later.
  4. Asafoetida: If you do not have asafoetida, skip it. For a gluten-free moong dal skip adding asafoetida.
  5. Spicing: You can decrease or increase the herbs & spices like red chilli powder, green chillies, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds according to your preferences. But do not increase the amount of turmeric powder. 
  6. To cook moong lentils in a pot or pan:
    – Soak the lentils in water for about 30 to 40 minutes. Then drain them and add in a pot.
    – Add about 2 cups of water. Cover and let the lentils cook till done.
    – If the mung lentils begin to froth, then remove the scum and continue to cook without a lid or the lid partly covered.
    – You can also add a few drops of oil to reduce the frothing.
  • Note that the approximate nutrition info is for 1 serving of moong dal tadka.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Moong Dal Recipe (Wholesome & Nutritious)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 324IU6%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 31mg3%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 6µg2%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 9mg2%
Phosphorus 18mg2%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Moong Dal recipe from the archives was first published in May 2013. It has been updated and republished on June 2023.

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  1. This is so good Dassana! I have a bad habit of being a bit too heavy handed with spices when it comes to cooking Indian food, (and while I did put in a bit more cumin and garam masala I did my best to remain true to your recipe and it worked out very nicely) though even though this has a minimum amount of spice, the proportions are superb and the end result is a great dal, well done!5 stars

    1. Thanks a lot Kevin and glad to read your comment. Happy that the recipe turned out good. Thanks for the rating too.

  2. Just made the Dal Tadka! I used with garlic and chili powder. It is yummy! Thank you!5 stars

  3. This is the closest I’ve made to restaurant style Dal even when reducing the fat it was delicious. Thank you!5 stars

  4. Made it vegan and came out good. Really appreciate the detailed explanations for each step. Thanks for the recipe ! 😬5 stars

    1. Great and thanks for letting me know. Thanks also for the rating on the recipe.

  5. This came out delicious! I used ginger garlic paste instead of fresh ginger. The dal took 18 minutes to cook on the stove with no pressure cooker. I also used the type of split moong dal with skins on and it doesn’t change a thing. Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

    1. thanks for sharing the feedback and review on moong dal recipe. ready ginger garlic paste can be used. this moong dal recipe can be easily made with split moong dal. the taste will be as good as this one. welcome and happy cooking.

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

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

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

  8. 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 ?

    1. 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.

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

  10. I used this dal only to make khichdi but this recipe is awesome n nw I cook it very often thanks a lottttttttttttt…..5 stars

    1. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  12. 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?4 stars

    1. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  14. 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!!

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  17. Very awesome dish in a very less time.

    It has become a daily routine for me to visit your website5 stars

  18. 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

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

  19. 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

  20. 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 .4 stars

    1. 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 🙂

  21. 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 !5 stars

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

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

  23. 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

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

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

  25. 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

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

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

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

  28. 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!

    1. 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.

  29. 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 bless5 stars

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

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

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

  31. 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:

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

    1. 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.

  32. 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.

    1. 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.

  33. 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.5 stars

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

    1. 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.

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

  35. 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 .. 🙂 🙂

    1. 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.

  36. 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.5 stars

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

  37. 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..5 stars

  38. 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:)5 stars

    1. 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.

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

  40. 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! Liz5 stars

    1. 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.

  41. 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 .

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

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

    1. 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!

  43. 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

  44. 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 Phil5 stars

    1. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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…

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

  47. 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!

    1. 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.

  48. Awesome recipe. I tried this today. My favorite recipe is Daal Chawal. Thankyou dassana5 stars

  49. 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

    1. 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.

  50. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

  51. 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

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

    1. 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.

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

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

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

  56. 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.5 stars