Moong Dal Tadka

A nutritious lentil, moong dal is easy to digest and very healthy.
A nutritious lentil, moong dal is easy to digest and very healthy. Stir fried with onions, tomatoes and tempered with cumin seeds, this moong dal tadka is perfect with hot phulkas or steamed rice.

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

25 minutes


  • 1 cup dhuli Moong Dal
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower Oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped Ginger
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • Salt to taste

For the Tadka

  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1-2 Whole Red Chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder


  • Wash the moong dal 2-3 times in water and set aside.
  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add ginger, garlic and green chilies. Stir fry on low flame for a minute and add onions. Cook the onions for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, moong dal, salt and 2 cups water.
  • Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles till the dal is cooked through. Switch off the flame and let the pressure release naturally. If the dal is too thick add a little water and simmer.
  • In a small pan, heat a tablespoon of sunflower oil for tadka. add cumin seeds and whole red chilies. Once the seeds start spluttering add chili powder and switch off the flame.
  • Serve dal in a bowl and pour tadka over it. Serve hot with rice and chapatis.