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Dal Fry

By: Unknown
Region: Indian
Dish:Vegetarian - Others
Servings: 2
Time to Prepare: 20 Mins


Moong Dal (yellow split) - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 medium size finely chopped
Garlic - 4 finely chopped
Green chilli -1 finely chopped
Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped
Tomato - 1 finely chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil -1 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Asafoetida/hing - a pinch
Red Chilli -1
Curry leaves - a sprig
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Wash and cook moong dal (pasi paruppu) with 1 1/2 cup of water and a pinch of turmeric powder until soft. Mash it well and keep it ready. You can either pressure cook or you can cook in a pan.

Finely chop onion, green chilli, ginger, garlic and tomatoes.

Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chillies, hing and curry leaves.

When jeera/cumin seeds sizzle, add finely chopped onion, green chilli and garlic.

Saute until onions turn transparent or very light brown.

Then add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt needed and cook until tomatoes become soft.

Then add the cooked dal, a cup of water and bring it to boil. When it starts boiling, reduce the heat and cook simmered for 5-6 minutes. Check for salt. You may adjust the thickness of the dal by adding more or less water according to your personal preferences. I personally prefer it neither too thick nor thin.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti, parathas or rice.

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