Making India's Favourite Moong Dal, The Right Way
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The majority of us dislike cooking because it takes so much work—it takes time, supplies must be obtained and prepped, and there are countless tools and vessels to use. For those like us, one-pot meals are ideal. To make a complete meal out of it, you only need to combine all the ingredients in one bowl. One-pot dishes are recipes that have the same nutritional value as a typical meal but take significantly less time to plan and clean up. It is simpler to make sure that each person's plate contains a variety of food categories when everything is prepared in one dish. 

Moong dal recipe for a one-pot meal is the ideal illustration of this. Because it is a good source of vegetarian proteins, moong dal, also known as green gram, is very nutrient-dense. It also contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. For people with diabetes, moong dal can help regulate blood sugar levels. It regulates cholesterol as well. It is also a good source of iron, which aids in the treatment of diseases like anaemia. Additionally, green moong dal contains a variety of antioxidants that work to combat free radicals and lower the risk of skin cancer. Moreover, because of its low-calorie content and high-filling nature, it is great for individuals trying to lose weight. 

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Here is the moong dal recipe 


2 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee 

1 tsp cumin  

1 tsp coriander powder 

1 tsp turmeric 

1 tsp red chilli powder 

1 cup chopped tomatoes 

1 cup moong dal, soaked for 1-2 hours 

2 cups water  

3 chopped green onions 

2 sticks celery trimmed and sliced  

2 tbsp chopped parsley  

1 tbsp lemon juice  

Salt and freshly ground blackpepper to taste 


Heat a pot, add oil or ghee.  Add cumin and let it splutter, add in green onions. Stir and let it cook until the raw smell goes off. Add tomatoes, dry spices, salt and freshly ground blackpepper. let it cook. Once the oil separates from the sides. Add the soaked dal and mix it. Add water and cover the lid. Let it cook until dal is soft. Add water if required. Turn off the heat and let it cool down. Garnish with parsely and lemon juice. Mix well. Divide between bowls and serve. Have this with steamed rice or chapatis. , 

You can also use sprouted moong dal for extra benefits. 

How to Sprout Moong Bean 

Moong dal that has sprouted is incredibly nutritious. It is made up of amino acids, enzymes, proteins, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals. Choose wholesome seeds for sprouting. The moong beans should be thoroughly cleaned and washed before being soaked overnight or for 7-8 hours (make sure the beans are completely submerged in water). The following day, rinse the beans well and drain the water. The seeds ought to be inflated and full. Some of them may have even begun to sprout. Completely drain the water. Wet a small cotton cloth and wring away any extra moisture. Place the moong beans inside, then hang it freely to let the water drain. Maintain the cloth and moong beans in a container at room temperature. Leave it undisturbed for the entire night under a lid. There should be moisture on the fabric and no standing water inside the container. The seeds will have successfully sprouted by the third day. The sprouts can be kept in the refrigerator for 3–4 days to use later.