Friday, July 30, 2010

Jhatpat Moong Dal

Today when I opened the fridge, there were not many options that I could put to use. Then I noticed couple of tomatoes and green chillies, which looked at me enthusiastically. I obliged their request and decided to make a quick dal using moong/pesara pappu/split yellow dal.

Moong dal/Pesara Pappu/Split Yello Dal - 1 cup
Tomatoes- 1, cut into 4 quarters
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - As per taste
Coriander Leaves - few sprigs, finely chopped

For the Tempering:
Onion - 1 medium sized, roughly chopped
Tomato - 1/2, roughly chopped
Green chillies - 4, roughly chopped
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal/bengal gram - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 4-5
Oil - 2 tbsp

Method of Preparation:
1. Wash the moong dal and add it to a pressure cooker. Also add the turmeric powder, salt, chopped tomatoes and 3 cups of water.
2. Pressure cook the moong dal till done.
3. Open the pressure cooker and slightly mash the dal with the back of the spatula/serving spoon.
4. Heat oil in a small vessel and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Once the mustard seeds start spluttering, add the chopped onions and chillies. Fry for 3-4 minutes or till onions become transparent. Then add the chopped tomatoes and fry for 5 minutes.
5. Add the tempering to the dal and mix well. Finally garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
6. Serve hot with rice or rotis.


  1. yummy moong daal curry ya..perfect dish for daal n roti..

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  2. You can also fry the moong dal before washing. This tastes and smells little different.

  3. Thnx minu, will try the next time :)



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