Lentils play an important part in Indian cuisine, especially in a vegetarian diet. We have all kinds of lentils and prepare them in a variety of ways. Yellow moong dal is a small yellow lentil, easy to cook and light on stomach. It can be cooked in different ways, but this dry moong dal curry is one of my favorite ways to eat this lentil. Back at home, this dry dal is always accompanied with curried vegetable gravy, but here I usually eat this dal with yogurt and rice….and it is magical! So for a healthy dal dinner, try this recipe and enjoy!
Difficulty level: Easy
- 2 cups yellow moong dal
- 3-4 cups water
- 1 and half tablespoon oil
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- 2 pieces of garlic-finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ginger-grated or finely chopped
- ½ onion-finely chopped
- 1-1/2 tomato-diced (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon or less turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala/curry powder
- 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon cilantro-finely chopped
- Thoroughly wash the moong dal and soak it in 3 cups of water for a minimum of an hour.
- Add oil to a deep saucepan, add mustard seeds and heat the oil until the seeds sputter. Add ginger and garlic and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add onions and cook for about 10 minutes or until the raw smell of onions is gone and onions have turned translucent. Then add tomatoes and let the entire mixture cook for about 5 minutes
- Now add the dal which is softened by soaking in the water, along with a cup of water to the onion-tomato mixture. Stir it and add the spices.
- Periodically add water in ½ cup increments to saucepan, if the dal appears to be sticking to the bottom. Cook everything until the dal completely softens. Taste to check the spicy level and to check if the dal is cooked.
- Once the dal is cooked, garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy with hot chapatis or rice.
- This recipe can also be made without pre-soaking the dal, but the dal will take much longer to cook, so pre-soak the dal for minimum of an hour.
- While cooking the dal, if you add all the water in one go, it will make the dal mushy. The dal will still cook and taste delicious, just the texture will be mushy.
- Once the dal is cooked, as usual taste and adjust the spice and salt as required.