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Moong Dal Tadka and Moong Dal Fry

Moong dal (skinned split mung gram) is amongst one of the most commonly used lentils in India. There are many recipes made with it. In this post I am sharing 2 popular moong dal recipes.

  • Moong Dal Tadka
  • Moong Dal Fry

Both the recipes are easy, popular and taste good. You can make either of them.

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About Moong Dal Tadka

This is one of the delicious vegan dal, I make with yellow mung lentils.

Some people don’t like moong dal as it is a little bland. But trust me This punjabi moong dal tadka is not bland and taste very good.

It has the flavors of tempered cumin, garlic, garam masala and red chili powder. Once you make this delicious moong dal recipe, you are not going to hate moong dal anymore.

Moong dal is easy to digest and is often given to kids as well as convalescing adults. This does not mean that you cannot have this nutritious dal. You should include lentils in your diet, including this dal.

There are many mung dal recipes

  • Cabbage kootu –  tasty South Indian style recipe of cabbage and moong lentils with coconut and spices.
  • Yellow Moong Dal Fry – easy to make delicious dal with mung lentils, onions, tomatoes and spices.
  • Dhansak recipe – a vegetable and lentil preparation from the parsi cuisine.
  • Parippu curry – a delicious moong dal curry made with coconut and spices.
  • Green moong dal – homely recipe of dal made with whole green moong beans.

Here’s a simple moong dal recipe. this dal is extremely good with some steamed basmati rice accompanied by a side vegetable dish or raita. Have some roasted papads and lemon or mango pickle also by the side. A truly comfort and satisfying meal.

I paired the moong dal tadka with some steamed sona masoori rice and aloo methi.

How to make moong dal tadka

1. Rinse ¾ cup of moong dal (split skinned mung lentils) in water.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

2. In a pressure cooker add 1 medium sized finely chopped onion, 1 medium sized chopped tomato and ½ inch finely chopped ginger. next add ⅓ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon red chili powder in the cooker.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

3. Next add 3 cups water to the cooker. Stir well.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

Pressure cooking moong dal

4. Pressure cook till the dal is cooked and soft. Once the pressure settles down, remove the lid and stir the dal.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

5. If the dal looks thick, then add some water.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

6. Simmer the moong dal for 1-2 minutes.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

7. Add salt as required and stir well. Keep the dal aside.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

Tempering for moong dal

8. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready for tempering. In a small pan, heat 2 to 3 tablespoon of oil or ghee or butter.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

9. First fry 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

10. Next add 4 to 5 lightly crushed garlic cloves and 1 to 2 slit green chilies. Fry for some seconds. Don’t brown the garlic. Switch off the flame.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

11. Now add ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder and 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing). switching off the flame ensures that the spice powders don’t get burned.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

12. Quickly mix the spice powders well with a spoon.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

13. Immediately pour the tempering mixture in the moong dal.

making moong dal recipe

making moong dal recipe

14. Stir the moong dal.

moong dal recipe

moong dal recipe

15. Serve moong dal tadka hot with steamed rice or chapatis. The moong dal tastes better as it is and there is no need to garnish or add coriander leaves to it.

moong dal recipe

moong dal recipe

This recipe post is from the archives (May 2013) and has been republished and updated on 5 June 2020.


Many of my recipes have detailed step by step photos and useful tips to help you make it easily and perfectly.

Moong Dal Tadka

This Moong dal tadka is a vegan recipe of mung lentils cooked with onion, tomatoes, ginger and then tempered with cumin, garlic, green chili, and some Indian spice powders.

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Cuisine:indian,north indian

Diet:vegan,vegetarian


Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

pressure cooking moong dal

  • In a pressure cooker take 1 medium sized finely chopped onion, 1 medium sized chopped tomato and ½ inch finely chopped ginger.

  • Next add ⅓ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder and 3 cups water to the cooker.

  • Stir well and pressure cook till the moong dal is cooked and soft.

  • Once the pressure settles down, remove the lid and stir the dal.

  • If the dal looks thick, then add some water and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add salt and keep aside.

making moong dal tadka

  • In a small pan, heat oil or ghee or butter. First fry the cumin seeds.

  • Next add the garlic and green chili and fry for some seconds.

  • Don’t brown the garlic. Switch off the flame.

  • Now add the garam masala powder, red chili powder and asafoetida.

  • Switching off the flame ensures that the spice powders don’t get burned.

  • Quickly stir and immediately pour the tempering mixture in the dal.

  • Stir the dal and serve hot moong dal with steamed rice or chapatis.

  • The moong dal tadka tastes better as it is and there is no need to garnish or add coriander leaves to it.


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About Moong Dal Fry

This is a quick and easy punjabi recipe of making delicious moong dal fry at home. Legumes or dals are popular dishes in India. There are different ways of preparing a dal.

In this Moong dal fry recipe, the mung lentils are cooked first. Then a sauteed mixture of onions, tomatoes and spices is added to the cooked mung lentils which is then simmered for some more minutes. The end result is a smooth creamy moong dal.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

Another method to make moong dal at home is this Pudina moong dal (dal flavored with mint leaves) and Moong dal tadka where the tempering is added to the dal towards the end.

Mung lentils are nutritious lentils and also one of the easy to digest lentils. These lentils are often recommended in Ayurvedic diets.

They are light on the stomach if cooked in a simple way, thereby making these an excellent food for small kids and convalescing people.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

You can serve the moong dal fry with roti, chapati, cumin rice or steamed basmati rice.

How to make moong dal fry

1. Firstly pick and rinse 1 cup moong dal (split and husked mung lentils). You can also rinse the mung lentils in a colander.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

2. Then add the mung lentils in the pressure cooker along with 2.5 cups of water. Now add 1 pinch of turmeric powder.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

3. Stir and mix very well.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

4. Pressure cook the lentils for 3 to 4 whistles or till the lentils are soft and mushy.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

5. Mash the lentils with a spoon.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

6. Add 1 cup water or as required, to get the desired consistency.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

7. Add salt as required and stir well.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

8. On a low flame, keep the dal to simmer.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

Making moong dal fry

9. Meanwhile, measure and keep all the ingredients ready. In a kadai or pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil along with ½ tablespoon butter.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

10. Crackle 1 teaspoon cumin seeds first.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

11. Then add 1 medium sized chopped onion. Saute the onions till light brown.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

12. Then add ½ inch chopped ginger, 3 to 4 chopped garlic, 1 green chili & 1 dry red chili. Saute for half a minute.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

13. Add 1 medium sized tomato which has been chopped. Saute till the tomatoes soften.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

14. Then add ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing). Stir well.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

15. Then add ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

16. Stir and continue to saute till oil starts to leave the sides of the masala.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

17. Continue to saute for 1-2 minutes more after oil has started to leave the sides.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

18. Add this mixture to the simmering dal.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

19. Stir and simmer the dal for 2-3 minutes or more. You have to simmer till the flavors have blended well in the moong dal and you get the desired consistency.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

20. If you prefer you can add a few drops of lemon juice.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

21. Mix well. Taste the dal and add salt if required. Switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe

22. Serve Moong dal fry with steamed rice, cumin rice or with Indian flatbreads like roti, paratha or naan.

moong dal fry recipe

moong dal fry recipe


Many of my recipes have detailed step by step photos and useful tips to help you make it easily and perfectly.

Moong Dal Fry

This smooth and creamy yellow moong dal fry is an easy recipe made with mung lentils, onions, tomatoes and spices.

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Diet:vegetarian

Difficulty Level:Easy


Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

cooking moong dal

  • Pick and rinse the mung lentils first.

  • Then add the lentils in the pressure cooker along with water and turmeric powder.

  • Stir and pressure cook the lentils for 3 to 4 whistles till the dal is soft and mushy.

  • Mash the moong dal with a spoon.

  • Stir in some salt and add water as required to get the desired consistency. Keep the dal to simmer on a low flame.

making yellow moong dal fry

  • Heat oil along with the butter. Crackle the cumin seeds first.

  • Add onions and fry till light brown.

  • Now add the ginger, garlic, green chilies & dry red chili. Saute for half a minute.

  • Add the tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes soften.

  • Add all the red chili powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida, kasuri methi and coriander leaves.

  • Stir and continue to saute till oil starts to leave the sides of the masala.

  • Continue to saute for 1-2 minutes more after oil has started to leave the sides.

  • Add this mixture to the simmering dal. 

  • Stir and simmer the dal for 2-3 minutes or more till the flavors have well blended in the dal and till you get the desired consistency.

  • If you prefer you can add a few drops of lemon juice to the dal.

  • Serve moong dal fry garnished with coriander leaves with steamed rice, cumin rice or even chapatis.

To cook the dal in a pot or pan:

  • Soak the lentils in water for about 30 to 40 minutes. Then drain them and add in a pot.
  • Add about 3.5 to 4 cups of water. Cover and let the lentils cook till done.
  • If the mung lentils begin to froth, then remove the scum and continue to cook without a lid or the lid partly covered.
  • You can also add a few drops of oil to reduce the frothing.

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