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Green Moong Dal Curry

MoongdalNeed to make something quick and your head is blank with little to no ideas swarming around? Try this quick 15-min recipe that is rich in protein and makes for a healthy meal paired with chapathis.Traditionally dal for rotis are made with toor dal but moong dal also makes a great tasting side dish.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
No of servings: 3-5
Spice Level: 3 out of 5


  • Whole Green Moong dal : 1 cup(You can use sprouted Moong dal too)
  • Onions : 1
  • Tomato : 1
  • Green chilies : 4
  • Milk : 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger and Garlic paste : 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves : 3 to 4
  • Oil : 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp

Method Of preparation :

  1. Soak the whole moong dal for over night or if you are in hurry soak it in hot water for one hour at least( otherwise if you have no time at all to soak, want to make it immediately just pressure cook it for 4 whistle and use it).
  2. Then pressure cook the soaked moong dal with 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water for three whistle.
  3. Heat oil in a pan with cumin seeds and curry leaves fry them in low flame for a minute.
  4. Add Onion and green chilies fry them till it becomes golden brown .
  5. And add the ginger garlic paste and fry them till the raw smells goes.
  6. Now add the cooked whole moong dal in to it with little turmeric powder and salt.
  7. Mix it well and add 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of milk add tomatoes now .
  8. And close the lid let it boil for 5 minutes in high flame.
  9. After that remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves.

Moong dal curry 2

Serve it hot with chapathi. :-)

You can use sprouted Moong dal instead of whole green moong dal. And if you have no time to soak the whole moong dal you can just pressure cook it with 1/2 cup milk .

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  1. I have tried the recipe and it was really tasty… Thanks

  2. Gonna try today for lunch. Will get back to you after tasting it :)

  3. such a wonderful quick receipe!!thanks shriya.we loved it.

  4. It came out nice

  5. Tried the recipe and turned out really tasty……Thk You :)

  6. Hi Shriya,
    Thanks for the great recipe. I have tried it twice and it came out very well…But since the last two times, whenever I try to make it, the milk tends to break(meaning becomes like paneer)…Can you tell me where I am going wrong..Thanks.

  7. I wanted to desperately quick something quickly, when I came across this recipe. I tried it, and it is absolutely delicious. Thanks so much.

  8. my husband is so foody unhe ye dish bahut pasand aayi thanx cheff

  9. I am not a regular cook and in fact dont particularly enjoy cooking, so I usually pick easy recipes when I do cook.
    I tried this one and it was awesome. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Made this dish for my FIL and he LOVED it! I am making it again tonight. One of my face recipes! Thanks you!

  11. This recipe is the best I ever tried. My moong daal turned out so tasty. I used double amount of milk. :-)

  12. I made these substitutions using what I had and it came out great:
    soymilk for dairy milk
    dried red chilies for green
    tomato paste for fresh
    fresh parsley for coriander leaves
    plus mustard seeds

    It was delicious!

  13. real nice!

  14. Hi today am gonna try this recipe then will give my comments before that can u tell me that can i use coconut milk powder instead of milk please reply am waiting??????

    • Hi Sreeja, No don’t add coconut milk powder it won’t taste good. Just add millk it will taste really good.

  15. Hi This is Vijay M In Thailand And I Search You Web Site Thanks Now i Make Moong For me



  16. Hi, I wanted to thank you for this lovely recipe, this was the first dish I tried from your website and it turned out to be awesome. Thanks.

  17. Tried it today.. Quick and tasty:).. Thanks for sharing..

  18. I would like to try this recipe because it looks so much like my grandmother’s dal. Not soupy at all. I don’t have a pressure cooker though. Does anyone have any idea how long it would take to cook on the stovetop? I have searched the internet looking for converting from pressure cooker to regualr stovetop and haven’t found any information yet. I have noticed that there seem to be a lot of Indian recipes that call for a pressure cooker.

    • Hi sab, If you soak the green moong dal for about 24 hours it will take probably about 20 minutes to cook in high heat. The maximum hours you soak it gets cooked little faster than the usual timing. And yes pressure cooker is a faster and easy method in lot of Indian recipes. If you don’t have one it will take a little longer to cook certain recipes but yes you can cook on regular stovetop.Please let me know if you have any questions.

  19. Thank you for the recipe. Living in new zealand and being vegetarian is difficult. Internet helps when it comes to making indian food. Just made my first dal today. My mom would be proud.

  20. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is
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    • OK, I’ll remove you from the comment loop.

  21. i am going to cook that dish today , i hope it will be nice because when i try to cook dhall, it always watery.

  22. Hi.. Should i use boiled milk for this recipe?? Thanks..

  23. will try this recipie tonight..looks very delicious

  24. why to use milk,does the taste chage with it ?

  25. Wow, this post is fastidious, my younger sister is analyzing these things, therefore I am going to tell

  26. Thanks for the recipe!I never thought to add milk before this. Now I never make green moong dal without milk.
    Thank you soo much!

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