Jun 4, 2013

Dal Roti / Simple Moong Dal Recipe / Flavoured Moong Dal For Roti - Side Dish for Roti

Wow, what a climate is here in my place.It is raining heavily and getting colder each day. I am loving it a lot. I really love to have hot hot foods these time, like hot lemon tea, piping hot rice with curries and stuff like that. I made a sizzling lunch yesterday, piping hot rice, chicken curry, pepper chicken and kothu kozhi. YUM right..Dont worry i have the pictures taken for you. I will post those recipes soon. 

Now coming back to todays post.It is one of the simplest but tastiest dal you could ever imagine. I call it dal roti because this dal is best served or i have had it only with chapati or roti. It marries perfectly with roti. It taste heavenly too. I learned this recipe from my grandma, because when ever she cook chapati (which is long time back because now she is so weak to roll that things out), she makes this dal. It has really fresh ingredients thrown together. Make sure you add a good amount of coriander leaves at the end, that brings nice flavour to the dal. And dont forget to season this dal with a good amount of cumin seeds toasted in ghee. That too gives a final little touch to this. 

I hope you will try this out and let me know how it turned out.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves - 5 to 6


Yellow Moong Dal / Pasi Paruppu - 1 cup
Onion - 1 large chopped
Tomatoes - 2 large chopped
Green Chilli - 5 or to taste
Garlic - 10 cloves
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Ghee / Clarified Butter - 1 tblspn
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tblspn 
Coriander leaves / Cilantro - a big handful chopped


Take washed dal, onions, tomatoes, green chilli, garlic, salt, turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.

Add in 3 cups of water and close the pressure cooker. Cook for 3 whistle, simmer the flame and cook for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let the steam go all by itself.

Add more water if needed and boil the dal.

Now make the seasoning by heating ghee in a kadai, add in cumin seeds and let it splutter.

Pour this over the dal and mix well. Throw in a big handful of coriander leaves and mix well.

Serve this with roti.

Take all your ingredients

Add washed dal to a pressure cooker

Add in onions, garlic, tomatoes and chillies

Add in turmeric and salt

Cover with water

Pressure cook

Dal is cooked

Heat ghee

Add a good amount of cumin seeds

Let them sizzle

Pour into the dal

Throw in lots of coriander leaves

Mix well



  1. Healthy moong daal, perfectly made... todays post : http://nayanas-kitchen-kreations.blogspot.in/2013/06/dahi-wada.html

  2. Hi Aarthi! Been a a silent reader of your blog and I absolutely love the recipes and admire the way you post recipes everyday with pics...makes it so easy to follow your recipes. Been making moon deal for a long time but with a different recipe. Tried yours today and totally love it! So wonderfully flavorful...thanks very much!

  3. Hey AARTHI, I'am hooked to your blog now. The recipes with the pictures are an absolute delight to watch,they are inspiring too...........I;ve tried a couple of them and they have come out very well,esp my daughter and my hubby appreciate it a lot. Thanks a bunch for taking the pains of clicking all the steps and making the whole affair delightful to watch. Please keep posting like this .

  4. Dear Aarthi, thank you for sharing this simple and delicious recipe. I have a question, does the dal have to be roasted before putting it into the cooker? Thank you,

  5. Thanks Aarthi.. Prepared my first Dal and it was awesome for a beginner. Appreciate ur work..

  6. Looks simple and quick to be done. Trying this dal today. Thank you Aarthi. U hv made my cooking interesting. Love all yr recipes. God bless u. Rgds maria

  7. Simple and delicious recipe..

  8. Gonna try this simple but delicious recipe

  9. Nice Post and give lot of good taste to my dinner. Nice Post.

    Moong Dal give lot of benefits to skin and hair you can read it here.

  10. hi

    Do you have to have a pressure cooker? I don't have one, can I use a normal pan?


  11. @AnonymousNO need for pressure cooker, you can cook it in a normal pan, Just bring the mixture to a good boil, then cover and simmer till the dal is cooked.

  12. Dear Aarti, my name also aarthee. Me too having eight month old baby. If i have any doubt means ill search in your site. Very useful. Kindly post new dishes always. 😊

  13. Tried this many times and it turned out so well....got appreciated by my mom...thanks aarthi...


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