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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Moong Dal Fry (Green Gram Lentil Curry)

         Just a simple moong dal fry with plain rice will lift up your spirits. There is nothing like having with some pickles pr papad on the side. It surely is a humble and an earthy meal, complete with all the nutritious benefits. It contains fibre and proteins. 

         This dal can be cooked in many ways. Have it in a dry preparation with chapatis, in a soup like consistency with rice or it can be made into a simple soup. It is a very common dal made in every household in the northern parts especially Punjab. 

  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger-garlic, grated
  • 2 green chilies, slit
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 whole red chilly
  • pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. coriander & mint leaves, chopped

          Pressure cook the dal in 2 cups water for 3-4 whistles. When cool, blend well. Keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and temper with cumin seeds, whole red chilly and asafoetida.

          After it stops spluttering, add the onion, ginger and garlic and saute till light brown. Add the boiled dal, green chilies, salt and turmeric powder. Simmer on low flame for 3-4 minutes. Serve, garnished with lime juice, coriander and mint leaves.

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