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Plain Moong Dal-Soup for the Soul


Two weeks ago we had a houseful of friends. The daily menu was the simple vegetarian fare we usually have. Now I am getting requests for the recipe of the the standard dal we ate.

So here it is ...also put into the fast and furious section as it is one of those 15 minute meals with the addition of some veggies and served with a white or brown rice.You just don't need anything else. Enjoy Mahen, Suchitra, Alastair and Poonam.

Nanda's Dal


  • 3/4 cup moong dhuli hui /split mung bean husked
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1'' piece of ginger sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp haldi
  • 2 1/4 cups water

Cook in pressure cooker with the water for 1 whistle.

  • 2 tsps ghee/ clarified butter
  • 1/2 tsp rai/ mustard seed
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • ! green chilli chopped
  • 3 garlic finely minced
  • 1 small onion chopped

Fry the above ingredients in the ghee and when lightly browned add to the cooked dal. Add a sprig of kari patta/curry leaves and cook together with the dal for 5 minutes. Adjust the salt according to taste.

Serve with rice or chapathi.

Simple Moong Dal

Reminds me of this saying:

"Dhan Dar ne ghee, ne jumta ne jee'

Plain rice, lentils and ghee- Blessings on those who eat it.- Gujerati Proverb