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moong dal tadka recipe with pooris

Moong dal tadka recipe with step by step pictures – yellow moon dal slow cooked in a handi, garnished with onions and then tempered with spices.

Lentils for an important part of an Indian diet regardless of the region you belong to. Yellow moong dal or the yellow split moong lentils are one of the most common lentil prepared in Indian households. It’s is delicious, naturally flavorful, and very light. It pairs well with both rice and roti. The moong dal tadka recipe (मूंग दाल तड़का रेसिपी) that I sharing today tastes exceptional with poori, which are fried flatbreads.

I have said this before in the Dhaba-Style Dal Tadka Recipe (recipe here) that you have to be generous with the oil and spices if you want to make good dal. This moong dal tadka recipe calls for an abundant sprinkling of spices and oil for tempering. Otherwise, it will taste very bland and plain.

Now let’s take a look at the ingredients and preparation of this super-tempting moong dal tadka recipe.

how to make moong dal tadka recipe

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Moong Dal Tadka Recipe | How to Make Moong Dal Tadka Recipe
 
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Moong dal tadka recipe has a smooth and velvety texture, and it's zesty, and full of flavors. Simple and easy to make, makhni dal is traditionally served with pooris.
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
For Preparing the Moong Dal
  • Moong dal / Split yellow moong lentil - 1 cup, rinsed & drained
  • Water - 4 to 5 cups, depending on the dal
  • Turmeric - ¼ tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Green chilies - 2, chopped
For the Tempering
  • Onion - ¼ cup, chopped
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Byadgi red chili - 2 tsp
  • Regular red chili/ Tikhalal - ½ tsp
  • Amchur/Dried mango powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain the moong dal.
  2. Combine the moong dal, turmeric, salt, green chilies, and water in a thick aluminum handi or sipri. Bring it to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat to low and cover the handi partially so that the broth doesn't boil over. Let the dal simmer until it's done.
  4. The dal will look grainy. Let it simmer further so that it thickens. It should be thick yet have a pouring consistency.
  5. Turn the heat off. Garnish the moong dal with onion and coriander leaves.
  6. Sprinkle byadgi red chili, regular red chili/tikhalal, coriander powder, and amchur/dried mango powder.
  7. Heat the oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds to it and let them sizzle.
  8. Pour the tempering over the dal.
  9. Give it a light mix. Moong dal tadka recipe is ready. Serve hot with pooris.

moong dal tadka recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

Gather the ingredients for making moong dal tadka recipe.

moong dal tadka ingredients and preparation


Step 2

Combine 1 cup yellow moong dal that has been rinsed & drained with 4-5 cups of water depending on how much water your dal needs. in a thick aluminum handi or sipri.

slow-cooking the moong dal in handi


Step 3

Add in 1/4 tsp turmeric, salt to taste, and 2 chopped green chilies. Bring it to a boil.

adding turmeric, green chilies, salt to the moong dal


Step 4

Turn the heat to low and cover the handi partially so that the broth doesn’t boil over. Let the dal simmer until it’s done.

covering the handi and letting the moong dal simmer


Step 5

The dal will look grainy. Let it simmer further so that it thickens.

how to make moong dal recipe


Step 6

It should be thick yet have a pouring consistency. The layer of water over the dal has disappeared completely.

moong dal recipe


Step 7

Turn the heat off. Garnish the moong dal with 1/4 cup chopped onions and 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves.

garnishing the dal with coriander leaves and onions


Step 8

Sprinkle 2 tsp byadgi red chili, 1/2 tsp regular red chili/tikhalal, 2 tsp coriander powder, and 1 tsp amchur/dried mango powder.

sprinkling red chili, amchur, coriander powder over the moong dal


Step 9

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan. Add 2 tsp cumin seeds to it and let them sizzle.

sizzling cumin seeds in the oil


Step 10

Pour the tempering over the dal.

pouring the tempering or tadka over the moong dal


Step 11

Give it a light mix. Moong dal tadka recipe is ready. Serve hot with pooris.

moong dal tadka recipe is ready. serve hot with pooris

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    mayuri jagtani
    November 15, 2017 at 10:11 am

    hey!!!! i love this dal, i had been looking around the internet for this recipe for ages! finally! thank you sooo much monica!

  • Reply
    snigdha
    November 23, 2017 at 11:57 am

    my family frowns upon moong dal, but that has changed after i tried your recipe! this is sooooo good! no one can imagine simple moong dal can taste so delicious!

  • Reply
    Neetu Garg
    February 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    fabulous.. can it be served with rice or roti? we usually avoid poori 🙂

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 7, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Hello Neetu. FIrst of all, thank you so much. You can serve this moong dal tadka with roti. I would not recommend rice because it doesn’t taste as good.

  • Reply
    akshara pai
    February 22, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    moong dal tadka is my favorite..thanks for such a detailed recipe

  • Reply
    nishu taneja
    May 6, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    so good! finger-licking!

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you

  • Reply
    usha salil
    May 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    best moong dal tadka i have ever had. the slow cooking gave a very different texture, soft yet a bit grainy. i made poori with it and it was a heavenly meal. thanks for such a fab recipe monica 😀

  • Reply
    amita deoras
    July 9, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    too good..serving it with poori is a good idea

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