Easy and Tasty Moong Dal Fry: Recipe

Moong ki daal is THE most common dish made in every Indian household, be it a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian one. I’d say this because Indians love lentils and also moong dal benefits are quite so many. Let’s learn this easy Moong Dal Fry recipe today.

Dal is sort of an easy hack you resort to when you have no idea of what to plan for a meal. Also, dal has so many varieties (I’m still learning more recipes! :P) and doesn’t use many ingredients.

What is Moong Dal? 

Moong Dal comes from mung bean/ mung daal/ mung dahl or also called green gram. How to differentiate this from other dals is by noticing they are quite small and thin. Click here to check rates and pictures now.

It is easy and often rewarding to name your dal boxes so you don’t have to search through your lentils every time you need to make a dal recipe. I like to use an organizer for this as trust me, even I do get confused when it comes to these types of dal!


How to Make Moong Dal Tadka? 

The reason I say how to cook moong dal is easy is because you will notice that there are just two main steps in the moong dal recipe mentioned below – use a pressure cooker, use a pan.

First, add your moon dal, water, turmeric powder, and a little salt in the pressure cooker and let cook for about 15 minutes. To check the type of equipment we like to use in our kitchen, click here to see.

The next step is to get your tadka ready for the moong dal curry. Set a pan on a low flame and add all the spices to ghee and oil along with garlic and onions. It is important to note that you keep adding these ingredients one by one to ensure that they cook properly. Also, keep a low flame as spices tend to cook fast and may burn.

Add the garnish on the cooked moong dal fry in the pressure cooker. A tip is to keep some garnish on the side after serving it in your required serving bowl so you get that lovely spice garnish on top!

Moong Dal Fry Recipe 


Moong Dal Fry

Sarah & Safiyah
A tasty lentil side dish made with moong dal
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 servings


  • Pressure Cooker
  • A pan to prepare garnish


  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 dry red chilies
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste


  • In a pressure cooker add moong dal, water, turmeric powder, salt and let it cook for about 15 minutes on medium flame
  • To make the garnish, in a pan, add ghee, oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, red chilies, and let it fry for about half a minute
  • Then add garlic and onion and sauté for another minute
  • Once the dal is cooked, add the garnish to the dal and serve hot.


For the garnish, add the spices in the same order for better results as some of the spices might not cook completely if added all together
Keyword Vegetarian

Other moong dal recipes: Once you know how to make moong dal, it becomes easy to try recipes using dal moong. Some common dishes are moong dal halwa, moong dal dosa/ moong dal chilla, moong dal khichdi, moong dal soup, or the yummy snack – moong dal kachori.

Yellow Moong Dal Benefits: 

Adding a portion of this lentil in your daily diet can do wonders. Other than aiding in weight loss, helping prevent diabetes, and improving heart rate, moong dal is rich in nutrients, particularly, protein and fiber. For every 100gms, moong dal protein is approx. 24gms and fiber is 16gms.


How to Serve Moong Curry?

Moong Dal Tadka is best eaten with parathas or on rice along with a vegetarian side dish. I like the latter and pair it with a main course dish like Achari Chicken. Check our recipe for Achari Chicken here.

For an authentic look, I serve mung daal fry in copperware. See how I have plated it in the pictures, you can try that or else any serving bowl will do! All you need to do is perfect this easy mung dal recipe 🙂

Do you use moong dal at home? I would love to know what you make with it. Share with us your creations either here or on Instagram DM where we are most active 🙂

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