Friday, October 5, 2012

Chilka Moong Dal | Split Green Lentils Dal Recipe

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As we all know dal is a good source of protein especially for vegetarians,I make sure that I include one kind of dal/legumes in my daily meal in some form or the other.As it is quite boring to eat the same variety of dals on daily basis I usually stock up my pantry with all kinds of dals and lentils available in market so that I would not repeat the same dal at least for a few days.I combine a few kinds of dals for different tastes and this is one such dal which is simple yet delicious for a daily meal.This is very similar to my Chilka Urad dal recipe where I replaced chilka urad with chilka moong dal.Chilka basically means skin. I used split whole green moong dal for this.I add chana dal to it as it enhances the texture of the dish.
Chilka Moong dal Recipe:
(Serves 2-3)

1/4 cup Chilka waala split Moong dal(split whole Moong dal with skin,not the whole moong)
2 tbsp Chana dal
1 big Tomato,finely chopped
1 medium Onion,finely chopped
1/2" Ginger ,finely grated
4-5 Garlic pods,finely grated
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1 Green chilli, slit
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
a pinch of Turmeric powder
a pinch of Asafoetida
1 tbsp chopped Coriander
salt to taste
1 tbsp Oil

for tempering:
1-2 Red chillies,broken
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Red chili powder
a pinch of Asafoetida
1 tsp Ghee/Oil

  • Wash and soak chana and moong dal mixed for 10 mins.Add a pinch of turmeric to it.pressure cook dal for 2 whistles and reduce the flame and let it cook for 5-7 mins.
  • Heat oil and fry ginger and garlic and then add finely chopped onion and fry until it is brown in color.Add tomatoes and cook until it is mushy and add this to the dal mixture and let it come to a boil.Add salt and mix.
  • Add oil in a tadka pan and crackle cumin seeds, slit green chilli, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder and Asafoetida.
  • Add the tadka to the dal and give a mix properly and cook for 4-5 mins.
  • Add chopped coriander to it and give a stir.
  • Meanwhile heat oil/ghee in the same tadka pan and crackle cumin seeds and add asafoetida,red chillies and red chili powder and pour it into the dal and cover it immediately.Just before serving mix it in the dal and serve.
Serve it hot with hot rice/jeera rice/pulao or roti/paratha.
  1. You can follow the same process for making any dal like yellow moong dal, whole moong, toor dal, masoor dal, whole masoor dal, chilka urad-chana dal, toor-chana dal, mixed dal, chana dal.
  2. You can also follow the same process for legumes like white/black chickpeas,rajma,lobia but make sure you soak them for 7-8 hrs.
  3. You can add a tsp of Kasuri methi while frying onion-tomato mixture for a different flavor.


Indian Khana said...

I just made this day before yday you have tempting again ...looks so yum along with those carrot fry

Nithu Bala said...

Healthy and delicious.

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

I never tried dal with split moong dal. I have a lot with me which i bought for making kichidi. Will try next time. Pretty clicks

Unknown said...

My mom made this..somehow I never get this here from where I buy the grocery so never made...looks so delicious..nice..

lubnakarim06 said...

I made fitters with it..but never made dal out of it...looks yum.... said...

nice menu... I love to prepare dal . its looking so healthy and tasty.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I make this dal...lovely variation...

great-secret-of-life said...

healthy and comforting dhal

divya said...

Looks awesome & mouthwatering....

Archana said...

Awesome.Delicious. Can drink this dal.
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Suja Manoj said...

Comfort food,looks awesome.

Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

A must dish in our house every Sat.. comfort homely food:)

Ramya said...

Num num..Healthy and wholesome dhall..i always adore the lunch combo u r sharing:-)

Anonymous said...

tasted really nice, i made it today,but to give it a twist in the tadka {tempering} i added some dried methi leaves

chef and her kitchen said...

@anonymous...nice to know that u liked it..I liked ur twist too

bps said...

I really got appreciated by my husband.. He loves it, I make it regularly with whole moong dal... Thanks a lot

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