Moong Dal Tadka


Dals (lentils) are known to be of the very best sources of high protein diet and low on fat, they are very ideally suitable for vegetarians as they miss greatly on the proteins otherwise. This particular dal is made with yellow moong dal boiled and enriched with ghee tempering flavours of onion, tomato, cumin, curry leaves.

It is very light on calories and hence easy to digest too and it is really tasty and you would cherish it for sure. Try this recipe & you will be very happy to eat Moong Dal.

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time                 Total Time                   Yields

20 mins                    20 mins                     40 mins                     3-4 Serving


Yellow split Moong dal (lentils) (without skin) – 250 gms

Salt as per taste

Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon

Red chili powder – ½ teaspoon

Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon

Cumin seeds – ¼ teaspoon

Mustard seeds – ¼ teaspoon

Asafetida – pinch

Tomato – 2 medium (finely chopped)

Onion – 2 medium (finely chopped)

Ginger – 25 gms

Garlic cloves – 7 gms (8-10 small cloves) finely chopped

Fresh green coriander – ½ cup

Curry leaves – 8-10

Green chili – 2 (de seeded and cut length wise)

Water – 1¾ lts.

Ghee – ½ teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon


  • Wash nicely few times and soak in water.
  • Transfer dal directly in pressure cooker for boiling. Boil with water, salt & turmeric powder.
  • Cook on slow heat, two whistles are ok in pressure cooker or else cover and cook in saucepan. Check and don’t let it get too over cooked and thick.
  • Finely chop onions, garlic and ginger. Finely Chop tomatoes and slice green chilies too.
  • Pour oil & ghee together in pan. Add cumin seeds & mustard seeds with asafetida & pinch of turmeric powder. When they start crackling, add onion, garlic, green chili, ginger, curry leaves too. Fry for about 5 minutes and then add chopped tomatoes and chili powder & coriander powder. Fry this mix for another 4-5 minutes more.
  • Add fresh coriander, wait about 20 seconds and add the dal in this tempering (tadka). Simmer together with tempering for 3-4 minutes for the dal to absorb the tempering taste.

Note: Serve this dal either with dal or chapatti or parantha and enjoy the wonderful dish. Bon Apatite!!

Happy Cooking!!

Categories: Indian, North Indian

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