Monday, January 31, 2011

Moong dhal Masala/Bengali-style Dhal

   Green moong dhal is the perfect food for reducing weight. The rich source of protein and fiber in moong dhal helps one to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system The high fiber content of moong  yields complex carbohydrates, which aid digestion.

Serves up to 3-4  people
Preparation time: 45 minutes


1 cup of Moong dhal
1 inch of cinnamon
2 pieces of bay leaf
1/2 tsp of turmeric
2 tbsp of  butter
salt as required

1 chopped onion
2 chopped cloves of garlic
3 chopped green chilies 
1 inch of ginger
3 cloves
1 inch of cinnamon
1 tbsp of cumin seeds


1. Soak moong dhal overnight and pressure cook them.
2. Grind onion, garlic, ginger, green chilies, cumin, cloves and cinnamon together in to a paste. 
3. In the preheated pan add butter. Once the butter is melted, add cinnamon and bay leaf. Saute for a minute.
4. Pour the paste in to the pan. Keep stirring till the raw smell disappears.
5. Add salt and turmeric, saute for 2 minutes. Add the cooked dhal and close the lid.
6. keep in medium flame for 20 minutes. Serve with rice/ roti.

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