Moong Dal - Super Quick and Delicious

Welcome to another Meatless Monday recipe – today is moong dal! Moong dal is very popular in Indian cuisine. It is good for digestion and also can be very comforting to eat.



There are also various benefits to including dal in your daily diet. One reason is that it helps in weight loss. It helps to keep the body full and improves metabolism. Moong dal is rich in nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, and iron. It’s also rich in protein and fiber. It is also good at keep blood sugar levels under control.


Moong dal was another recipe that my sister-in-law taught me. I don’t know why, but I was expecting it to be hard. I’m always nervous about learning new recipes, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was as easy as it was!



Moong dal isn’t one of my favorite things to eat. I am not sure what is it, but all I know is that I have a hard time with eating them. Maybe it is the texture of the lentils, but it just isn’t my thing. However, if you like lentils and/or want to give moong dal a try and want something filling AND comforting, this recipe may be for you!


This moong dal recipe is super simple, and if you need a quick meal, this could be an option for you. Aside from soaking the dal first, when cooking in a pressure cooker, the cook time really fast! So if you happened to forget to make dinner or just need something quick, just remember this recipe! :P



If you decide to try out this recipe, let me know! I’d love to know how it turns out for you! If you’re new to lentils, let me know what you think too! Did you like lentils or was it not your thing? Either way, let me know in the comments below!


Ciao for now!


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Tips For Cooking Moong Dal


Don’t skip the part where you soak the moong dal. It helps to cut down the cook time.


If at the end of the cook time, the moong dal turns out too thick, slowly add some water in and mix. Continue to add in some water and mix until desired consistency is reached.



If you’re looking for other vegetarian recipes to try out, feel free to take a look at some others down below!


Masala Potatoes – This recipe is also very quick to prep and cook! It has only 6 ingredients!


Pav Bhaji – This is another potato recipe! Super good and even better when you eat it with some pav!


Vada Pav – This recipe has deep fried potato balls of spice that is put in between a nice buttery pav.


Cost Analysis


Lastly, take a look at this cost analysis. It shows how much it costs to make moong dal at home. We don’t realize it, but sometimes it so much cheaper to make things at home versus buying them at the store! Yes, sometimes it takes a while and sometimes it’s more convenient, but how can you deny that price?


Cost Analysis

Moong Dal - Super Quick and Delicious

Moong Dal - Super Quick and Delicious
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Vegetarian, Vegan, Meatless Monday, Dal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 186kcal
Cost: $1.11


  • 1 cup Moong Dal $1.01
  • 1 tsp Cumin $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp Amchur $0.02
  • Sprinkle of Hing
  • 2 cup Water note one
  • 1 tsp Turmeric note two $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder $0.02
  • 1 tsp Salt $0.02


  • Rinse the dal. Once rinsed, soak dal in a bowl for 30 minutes.
  • Add oil into the pressure cooker.
  • Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and saute until fragrant.
  • Add amchur powder and hing.
  • Strain the dal and add to the pressure cooker.
  • Add water, turmeric, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well.
  • Cover and let cook for 2 whistles.
  • Uncover once pressure is released and give it a mix.
    If the dal is dry, slowly add water and mix until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve hot with roti or naan and enjoy!


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Cost Analysis

Estimate: $ for servings or $ per serving.


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 608mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg