Friday, 29 January 2016

Lehsuni Moong Dal !



Lehsuni(Lasooni) Moong Dal is yellow split lentils flavored with a good amount of Garlic. Dal (lentils) are cooked in infinite ways in India but this is one is distinct with its wonderful flavor of Garlic. Even Toor / Tuvar Dal and Masoor Dal (Red Lentils) are prepared in the same way. 

I am not used to Moong Dal much in my Kitchen though I love it personally in South Indian Kootus. But a couple of times I had this garlic flavored Moong dal at friend's place at it was yumm. She even hasn't added any spice factor like Red or green chillis. With the right amount of Garlic she used, and the finely chopped tomatoes added directly to the cooked dal, fresh chopped coriander leaves, all together resulted in a flavorful and very tasty dal. 
For a cold day, this warm and flavorful dal can be relished with Rotis (or any Indian Flatbread) or with hot rice & a dollop of (Desi) Ghee.. Best comfort Food I would say !

If you are looking for different ways of cooking Dals (lentils), then check these out below.
Tomato Pappu (Toor Dal with Tomatoes cooked in Andhra Style)
Dal Makhni (Whole Black Urad Dal cooked with Red Kidney beans)
Dal Tadka (Combo of Tuvar & Moong Dal)
Carrot Kootu (Moong Dal with Carrot)
Cabbage Molagootal (Tuvar Dal with Cabbage)



INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2  cup Yellow Moong Dal
  • 2 tbsp Oil / Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Dry Red Chillis
  • 3 - 4 Green Chillis
  • a pinch of Hing
  • 4 - 5 Big Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 tsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Big Tomato
  • salt as needed
  • 1/4 tsp Tumeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp Finely chopped Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 lemon 

STEPS

  • Wash the moong dal well and pressure cook it for 2 - 3 whistles. Make sure it is not so mushy but cooked well.
  • Heat oil / Ghee in a pan, sizzle the cumin seeds and then add generous pinch of hing.


  • Grate/Mince /Chop finely the Garlic. Add the garlic and sliced onions and saute them well.
  • Throw in the ginger and the chillis too and saute on medium flame till onions turn soft.
  • Add the turmeric and chilli powders and give a mix.


  • Combine the pressure cooked dal with this and adjust water.
  • Add salt, and the finely chopped tomatoes to it.
  • Allow to cook in medium flame for 5 - 6 minutes.


  •  Add chopped coriander, and let the dal come to a boil. 
  • Turn off stove and then drizzle some lemon juice on top.

NOTES

  • You can try the same recipe with Toor Dal or Masoor Dal (Red Lentils) too.
  • Make sure you don't let the garlic burn too much. Increase/Decrease the amount of Garlic as per preference.
  • For more flavor use desi ghee for the tempering.
  • Adding finely chopped tomatoes directly to dal, gives a distinct fresh taste instead of  sauteing them in oil.
  • You can even make this with no Green chillis at all, and it is perfect for toddlers. 
  • Goes well with both rice and rotis. 



With Love,


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