Moong dal sabzi, yes a vegetable dish made from lentils. This dish can be made anytime of the year. Since moong dal – lentils/ pulses are always available throughout the year. Especially, in the monsoons when it is difficult to find fresh and good vegetables in the market. Moong dal is a protein rich lentil and is also easy to digest.
This is a quick, simple and yet tasty vegetable dish. At least one vegetable dish is a must for a wholesome meal. A vegetable dish with chapati is either a meal by itself or can be accompanied with rice/curry/gravy and any other side dish too.
In this dish, the main ingredient being moong dal, we also add tomatoes, onions, chilies and other spices to make this dish complete. Since these ingredients are easily found in any kitchen, you don’t need to prepare for this dish in advance. In mostly any Asian cuisine, onions tomatoes and few spices are the basic ingredients required.
Following is the recipe I would like to share with you.
It serves: – 4 adults
Preparation time: – 15 minutes
- Ingredients :-
- ¾ Cup Moong dal
- 5 cups water
- 3 teaspoon oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoon ginger
- 2 teaspoon garlic
- 2 teaspoon green chilies (if you like it spicy you can add more chilies)
- 3 medium size onions – chopped
- 1 medium size tomatoes – chopped
- A pinch of turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (according to taste)
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
- Lastly salt to taste
- Before preparing our dish, we need to cook the moong dal. It is always better to soak in water and keep any lentil/pulses before preparing the dish. The longer the dal is soaked the quicker it gets cooked. Preferably minimum 30minutes the dal should be soaked.
- Firstly in a pressure cooker add the washed and soaked dal to the 5 cups of water. After about 3 whistles you can switch off the gas and let the steam escape on its own.
- In a kadhai (wok) heat the oil. Once the oil is hot add the cumin seeds and let them crackle.
- Making sure the cumin seeds are spluttered well without allowing them to brown. Then add the garlic. As soon as you get the pungent aroma of the garlic throw in the ginger with the green chilies.
- Sauté these ingredients for a few minutes only.
- Then add your onions and keep stirring till they turn translucent.
- Add all the powdered spices with salt.
- Cook all these ingredients well for about 7 minutes.
- Now put in the chopped tomatoes and lower the flame. And cook for another 5 minutes.
- Lastly add the cooked moong dal and let it be on flame for 5 minutes. Keep stirring so no lumps formed. Once all the ingredients are mixed well and smooth texture, switch off the gas.
- Your sabzi is now ready. You can garnish with fresh green coriander leaves.
Serve this dish hot and it is best to be eaten with chapati. As you see from the above recipe, although it is very simple yet it is a nutritious dish. If you want you can also add other vegetable to this dish to make it healthier. You can either add spring onions, few spinach leaves, fenugreek leaves or even green peas. This way more veggies are eaten by your family, especially the children who mostly make a fuss.