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Mung Daal (Dry)

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Category: Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 1 c Mung dal (without skin)
  • 2 1/2 c Water
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 tb Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 ts Black mustard seeds
  • 1 Clove garlic; chopped
  • 1/4 ts Chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/4 ts Garam masala (Indian spice
  • -mixture)
  • 1 sm Tomato; chopped


This is in response to requests I've seen here from time to time. The
following recipes are from _Flavors of India: Recipes from the Vegetarian
Hindu Cuisine_, by Shanta N. Sacharoff, reprinted without permission.
Comments in parentheses are mine, and I've paraphrased some portions. I've
tried these and several other recipes from this book & highly recommend it!

These dals are great served with rice or one of the Indian breads, and
adding a good hot curry and several condiments almost makes a feast! My
favorite condiments are mango chutney (which comes preserved in a jar like
jam) and cucumber raita (beat 1 c, plain yogurt with a fork and add a
diced, peeled cucumber, 1/4 t. salt, couple pinches cayenne and maybe some
coriander or mustard powder should be cooling rather than spicy).
Wonderful drinks can be made with the sweetened mango pulp available canned
in most Indian groceries (or obviously with a blender and fresh mangos if
available) just mix with milk or with tonic water and lime. Canned
leechee fruits in sirup make an easy desert.

Mung beans are green when whole, but when split and skinned, the resulting
mung dal is yellow (smaller than chana dal). This is a quick and easy dal.
(I've made it with half mung dal and half masoor dal the latter is
bright orange and gives the dish a very festive look.)

Bring 2-1/2 c. water to a biol in a medium size pot and add the salt to
it. After carefully sorting out the dal by hand to remove any foreign
objects, wash clean under running water and drain. Add dal to the boiling
water. When the water begins its second boil, reduce heat to medium and
cook uncovered for 10 min. Place a tightly fitting lid on the pot, reduce
heat to low, and cook another 10 min. The dal should have become soft and
there should be almost no water left in the pot. If there is some water
left, simmer and stir the dal continuously until the water has evaporated.

(The directions say to remove the dal to a bowl, dry the pot, heat oil and
spices in the pot, then add the dal back to the pot. I think it is easier
to heat the oil and spice in a small pan, then add to the pot, as above.)
Heat the vegetable oil separately from the dal and add the mustard seeds,
chopped garlic and chopped ginger to the oil. The mustard seeds will begin
to pop and spatter when the oil becomes hot. When they have all popped,
combine the hot oil and the dal. Stir for a minute, then add the garam
marsala and the chopped tomato. Mix well and continue to stir for 5 min.
until the dal is well heated. This dal should be served hot and may be
reheated before serving. While most dals are thin and soup-like, this
particular preparation comes out somewhat dry and lumpy by comparison.
Serves 4.

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