Sabut moong dal or whole mung dal is a staple in my household. Simple and easy recipe cooked without onion and garlic – it’s healthy, comforting and loaded with flavor. During Navratri and other fasting days most of the Indian families consume food without onion and garlic. This recipe here depicts that cooking food without onion and garlic is full of flavor, gets cooked faster and you are out of the kitchen in no time.
RECIPE DETAIL – No fancy ingredients, pretty straightforward recipe. Soak dal for 3-4 hours and after that boil until soft and tender. For me this dal was cooked in 3 whistles but cooking time will vary depending on how old the lentils are. For some it may take up to 4-6 whistles. If you choose to add onion, garlic to this dal, feel free to improvise according to your needs and tastes. I have added chopped tomatoes but feel free to add tomato puree for a rich and creamier texture.
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Sabut Moong Dal
- 2 cups Soaked Sabut Moong dal
- 1 tablespoon Chopped Ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 small Tomato, chopped
- 1 small Chopped green chili
- 1/2 teaspoon Red chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
- A pinch of Hing (asofetadia)
- 1 tablespoon Ghee for tadka
- 1/2 -1 cup Water
- 1 tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves - to garnish
- Soak Sabut Moong dal for 3-4 hours.
- After the soaking time drain and wash dal.
- Assemble ingredients.
- In a pressure cooker add dal along with water, salt, haldi and chopped ginger.
- Place wet paper towel around pressure cooker whistle to avoid splashes.
- Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles.
- After whistles are done, discard the paper towel right away.
- Open cooker to check dal. Set it aside.
- Assemble rest of the ingredients for tadka.
- Heat ghee in a pan.
- Add hing ,cumin seeds and when it starts to splutter...
- Add chopped tomatoes and green chilies.
- Saute for 2-3 minutes on a medium flame and...
- Add dry spices and mix.
- Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes until tomatoes are soft and tender.
- When tomato tadka is ready..
- Pour in the dal...
- Add water and garam masala powder.
- Bring to a boil on high heat, reduce heat and let it simmer for another 3-4 minutes until dal is well blended.
- Dal is ready, adjust seasonings and serve.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve hot with rice or warm rotis.