moong dal fry

Moong dal fry recipe with step by step photos- quick and easy recipe of making delicious moong dal fry at home. Legumes or dals are popular dishes in India. There are different ways of preparing a dal.

In this Moong dal fry recipe, the mung lentils are cooked first. Then a sauteed 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 moong dal.

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moong dal fry recipe

Another method to make moong dal at home is this Pudina moong dal (dal flavored with mint leaves) and Moong dal tadka where the tempering/tadka is added to the dal towards the end. you can Serve the moong dal with roti, phulka, jeera rice or steamed basmati rice

Moong dal or mung lentils are nutritious lentils and also one of the easy to digest lentils. These lentils are often recommended in ayurvedic diets. They are light on the stomach if cooked in a simple way, thereby making these an excellent food for small kids and convalescing people.

moong dal fry recipe

How to make moong dal fry

1. Firstly pick and rinse 1 cup moong dal (split and husked mung lentils). You can also rinse the mung lentils in a colander.

moong dal fry recipe

2. Then add the moong dal in the pressure cooker along with 2.5 cups water.

moong dal fry recipe

3. Now add 1 pinch of turmeric powder.

moong dal fry recipe

4. Stir and mix very well.

moong dal fry recipe

5. Pressure cook the moong dal for 3 to 4 whistles or till the dal is soft and mushy.

moong dal fry recipe

6. Mash the moong dal with a spoon.

moong dal fry recipe

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

moong dal fry recipe

8. Add salt as required and stir well.

moong dal fry recipe

9. On a low flame, keep the moong dal to simmer.

moong dal fry recipe

Tempering for moong dal fry

10. Meanwhile, measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making moong dal fry.

moong dal fry recipe

11. In a kadai or pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil along with ½ tablespoon butter.

moong dal fry recipe

12. Crackle 1 teaspoon cumin seeds first.

moong dal fry recipe

13. Then add 1 medium sized chopped onion.

moong dal fry recipe

14. Saute the onions till light brown.

moong dal fry recipe

15. Then add ½ inch chopped ginger (adrak), 3 to 4 chopped garlic, 1 green chili & 1 dry red chili.

moong dal fry recipe

16. Saute for half a minute.

moong dal fry recipe

17. Add 1 medium sized tomato which has been chopped.

moong dal fry recipe

18. Saute till the tomatoes soften.

moong dal fry recipe

19. Then add ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) and 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing). Stir well.

moong dal fry recipe

20. Then add ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta).

moong dal fry recipe

21. Stir and continue to saute till oil starts to leave the sides of the masala.

moong dal fry recipe

22. Continue to saute for 1-2 minutes more after oil has started to leave the sides.

moong dal fry recipe

Making moong dal fry

23. Add this tadka mixture to the simmering moong dal.

moong dal fry recipe

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

moong dal fry recipe

25. If you prefer you can add a few drops of lemon juice to the moong dal.

moong dal fry recipe

26. Mix well. taste the moong dal and add salt if required.

moong dal fry recipe

27. Switch off the gas. garnish the moong dal with coriander leaves.

moong dal fry recipe

28. Serve Moong dal fry with steamed rice, jeera rice or even chapatis.

moong dal fry recipe
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Moong Dal Fry

4.8 from 5 votes
This moong dal fry is easy to make delicious dal fry made with mung lentils, onions, tomatoes and spices.
moong dal fry recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:35 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for cooking moong dal

  • 1 cup split and husked mung lentils (moong dal)
  • 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking * check notes on cooking the lentils in a pot
  • 1 pinch of turmeric
  • 1 cup water, add while the dal is simmering or add as consistency required

for tempering moong dal

  • 1 medium sized onion - finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomato - finely chopped
  • 1 green chili - slit or chopped
  • 1 dry red chili
  • ½ inch ginger - finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves (crushed kasuri methi)
  • 2 tablespoon oil + ½ tbsp butter


cooking moong dal

  • Pick and rinse the mung lentils first.
  • Then add the lentils in the pressure cooker along with water and turmeric powder.
  • Stir and pressure cook the lentils for 3 to 4 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.

tempering for moong dal fry

  • Heat oil along with the butter. Crackle the cumin seeds first.
  • Add onions and fry till light brown.
  • Now add the ginger, garlic, green chilies & dry red chili. Saute for half a minute.
  • Add the tomatoes and saute 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 saute till oil starts to leave the sides of the masala.
  • Continue to saute for 1-2 minutes more after oil has started to leave the sides.
  • Add this tadka mixture to the simmering moong dal. 
  • Stir and simmer the dal for 2-3 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 chapatis.


To cook the moong dal 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 3.5 to 4 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.
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    • welcome dhi. that’s so sweet of you. thanks a lot for my day. maa ke haath ka khaana is always best.

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  3. perfect recipe. I made this today and tasted just like the restaurant one. wait, even better! much love to you for posting this

    • thanks chaitra for sharing your feedback on the recipe. agree it tastes better than the restaurant ones.

  4. Hello 🙂
    I prepared Jeera rice and moong dal fry and it came so nice for the first time .Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes. My kid gave me a smiley on my hand which made me my day.She too liked it a lot.Thanks a lot dasanna.I am going to try some of your recipes soon.

    • welcome pavani. thanks for sharing positive feedback and for sharing your sweet experience.

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