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Moong Dal Tadka served in a blue bowl, garnished with chopped coriander. Served with white rice.

Moong Dal Tadka

Moong Dal Tadka is a delicious, simple and comforting lentil curry that’s very easy to make. Served with jeera rice and kachumber salad, it makes the perfect complete healthy meal.
Course Main Meal
Cuisine Pakistani/Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 226kcal


For Cooking the Moong Dal

  • cup  moong dal
  • cups  water
  • teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspooon turmeric powder  haldi
  • 3/4  teaspoon  red chilli powder  kashmiri laal mirch powder
  • Juice of half a lemon

For the Tadka (Spice Tempering)

  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 green chilli slit lengthwise
  • 1/2  cup  chopped coriander  for garnishing


  • In a medium sized bowl, soak the lentils in water for 15-20 minutes.

Stovetop Method

  • Rinse the lentils and transfer to a medium sized pot and add the rest of the ingredients: water, salt, turmeric powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.
  • On medium high heat, boil the lentils for about 30 minutes, while occasionally stirring. The consistency of the daal can be adjusted by adding more water if it's too thick for your liking.
  • Finish the daal by adding a the juice of half a lemon and garnish with chopped coriander and tomatoes. Serve with plain white rice or naan / roti.

Pressure Cooker Method:

  • Add the drained moong dal, fresh water and all the spices: turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and salt. Cook on pressure for about 5-6 minutes until the lentils are cooked. Add juice of half a lemon.

Making the Tadka

  • In a frying pan, heat the oil and fry the sliced onion until it is golden. Add the garlic and fry for about 30 seconds. Now add the green chilli and fry for a 30 seconds or so, and finally add the cumin seeds which only take 10 seconds or so to release their aroma.
  • Carefully pour this tadka (temperinonto the cooked dal and top with chopped coriander. Serve rice or roti.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 543mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg