Moong Dal Tadka Recipe
Moong dal tadka is a popular main dish in India. Moong dal means split and skinned green gram, and tadka means tempering. Thus, the name of this dish means tempered green gram curry.
We are preparing it in the Punjabi style, meaning that this is the way it is prepared in the North Indian state of Punjab.
Popularly called dal tadka, this dish can also be prepared with urad dal (split and skinned black gram) or with a mixture of both green and black dals. However, it is more common to use moong dal for this dish. Serve with roti, naan, or rice.
- 3/4 cup moong dal (split and skinned green gram)
- 1 liter water
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 3-4 granules or 1/4 tsp heeng (asafoetida) or its powder
- 1-1.25 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 2.5-3 tbsp desi ghee (clarified butter)
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tbsp garlic paste
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
- 2-3 tsp hara dhania (cilantro), chopped
- Put the dal in a pressure cooker and wash it until the water runs clear. Keep it on full heat add the water, salt, haldi, heeng, and ginger paste. Put on the lid, and at the first whistle, turn off the heat.
- Open the cooker when the pressure subsides. Check to make sure the dal is soft.
- Keep the dal on medium heat and prepare the tadka on another burner. Remember to stir the dal from time to time while you are making the tadka, and reduce heat to low when the dal starts to thicken.
- Keep a pot on high heat and heat the desi ghee. Add jeera and chopped onions. Saute for a minute or so and add the kasuri methi. Saute until the onions are light brown.
- Add the garlic paste and stir a few times. Now add the garam masala, coriander powder, and red chilli powder. Stir until the spices are roasted or change a shade in color. Add the tomato puree and stir for 15-20 seconds.
- Add the cilantro to the dal when it starts to thicken, and give a good stir.
- When the tadka is ready, pour it into the dal and give a good mix. Cook the dal until it reaches the desired consistency.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with some chopped cilantro and serve.
Moong Dal Tadka Recipe
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