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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Dal Fry (Moong Dal)


  1. 1½ cups moong dal
  2. 3 cups water
  3. 2 tablespoons oil
  4. 1/8 teaspoon asafetida
  5. 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  6. ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  7. ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  8. 3 green chilies, split lengthwise (small, thin variety)
  9. 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  10. 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  11. 1 coarsely chopped red onion (medium)
  12. 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  13. 2 sprigs curry leaves, leaves removed and rinsed
  14. Salt to taste (up to 2 teaspoons)
  15. 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves


  1. Rinse the moong dal. Add water, and boil in a medium-sized saucepan (the dal is cooked when you can pick up a few grains and mash them easily between your fingers). Mix the dal well with a spoon to a smooth consistency.
  2. Heat oil on medium heat, in a medium-sized pan, for 30 seconds;
  3. Add asafetida, turmeric, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves, in quick succession. Cover the pan to prevent the oil and spices from splattering;
  4. When the mustard seeds start crackling, add the green chilies, ginger paste and garlic. Saute for 1 minute;
  5. Add onions, and continue sauteing until they turn translucent, about 5 minutes;
  6. Add the tomatoes, and saute for 3 minutes longer.
  7. Add the boiled moong dal and salt, and fry until all the ingredients are mixed well. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Dal fry goes well chapattis or naan. Serve with raitha and mango or lime pickle.

I also like dal fry with plain, white rice.

Chapattis and Naan are available in the refrigerated food section of Indian grocery stores. When ready to serve, take them out of their pouches, and warm on a griddle for about a minute on each side, taking care not to burn.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vveery nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11:38 PM

Anonymous praseenapriya said...

Hey this is very nice....i tried it n came out well....thanks

9:00 AM

Blogger devika said...

it's very easyyyyyy. & very nice.... i like it so....

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Blogger Kavitha said...

Great receipe. Also check out the Methi Moong Dal Receipe at
This too tastes great.

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Anonymous Sony said...

I tried out this recipe and it turned out really yummy. my husband loved it too.

1:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovely recipe...good one

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

which moong i use the green colored one (whole)??

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