Friday, November 18, 2011

Moong Dal Recipe

Dal is very common dish that is mostly cooked with very simple method, but the way of Indian dal cooking is very different. They use as many ingredients in dal as one can use in chicken recipe that makes this dal recipe special. It is favorite dish of veggies. They do not eat meat so they cook it in such way that gives more taste than chicken or some other meat dish.

Moong dal has many nutritious benefits as it helps you to loos your weight, keeps your heart healthy, balances cholesterol levels, acts as an anticancer agent, resist infections and controls muscular problem that are caused with growing age.

Moong dal is very low calorie food as its one cup has Calories 149 with Cholesterol 0mg (0%), Total Carbohydrate 18(6%), Sugars 0g, Total Fat 5.2 (8%), Sodium 0mg (0%), Saturated Fat 0g(0%), Dietary Fiber 0g(0%), Protein 7.4g(14%), Protein(19.9%), Carbs (48.5%) and Fat(31.5%).

The ingredients of this recipe are very cheap and almost available all the time in your kitchen. From these simple ingredients you can prepare tasty moong dal.
  • Cups moong dal( one and a half cup)
  • Turmeric powder( eighth part teaspoon)
  • Cilantro leaves ( three tablespoons chopped )
  • Red onion ( one medium sized chopped )
  • Ginger paste( one teaspoon)
  • Mustard seeds( half teaspoon)
  • Tomatoes( one cup diced)
  • Sprigs curry leaves (two)
  • water( three cups)
  • Tablespoons oil( two)
  • Asafetida( eighth part of teaspoon)
  • Cumin seeds(half teaspoon)
  • Green chilies ( three small and split lengthwise)
  • Garlic (one tablespoon diced)
  • Salt to taste ( two teaspoons or according to the taste your eaters)
Preparation Method
  1. Dals often have small stones, rotten grains or very small straws of hay in it. Before cooking it, separate the dal from all these unwanted particles. If you buy it from utility food stores, you need not to separate the grains from stones because it is packed after removing the impurities. Wash dal with clear water, put in deep saucepan with three cups of water. Boil it at medium flame. It is ready if it has softened and can be mashed easily with fingers or spoon.

  2. Take medium sized pan, pour oil in it and heat it for 30 seconds. When it is heated, add cumin seeds, curry leaves, turmeric, mustard seed and asafetida quickly. Lid the pan to avoid the splattering of spices and oil.

  3. As the mustard seeds start popping, add ginger - garlic paste, green chilies and fry them for one minute only.

  4. Now add onions and keep on sautéing them for five minutes. Then, add chopped tomatoes and fry further for three minutes.

  5. Your sauce for frying is ready. Now, add dal and salt and fry it for few more minutes to get harmonious mixture.

  6. Pour the dal in some deep bowl and garnish it with cilantro leaves.
You can serve your moong dal with naan, chapattis or white rice. To increase its taste, you can also serve it with lime or mango pickle.

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