Green Moong ki Sookhi Dal/ Moong Dal Chaat


Moong Dal Chaat

This is a very interesting preparation with green moong dal or whole moong dal from the Punjab region. This variation is cooked dry, which means all the liquid is allowed to evaporate while cooking and the main thing is that it should neither be al dente nor mushy after cooking.
A simple tadka or tempering of cumin seeds and asafoetida is prepared and then soaked dal is added to it. It is then cooked at a very low flame until all the water is evaporated. When it is prepared, enjoyed as a chatpati dal chaat with onion, tomatoes, and lemon juice. This cooked dal is also used as stuffing for pooris or paranthas to make cooked moong dal ki stuffed pooris

Course – Main Course/ evening snack

Cuisine – Indian

 Prep Time – overnight or 5 hours ( prep time requires soaking the dal)

 Cook Time – 20 Min

 Total Time – 5 hrs 20 minutes

 Yield – 2 Servings

 Author – Bharti Dhawan

Ingredients For Dal

•  Whole moong dal (soaked overnight)  – 1 cup
•  Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
•  Cumin seeds/jeera – 2 tsp
•  Asafoetida /heeng – 1 tsp
•  Salt – 1 tsp
•  Red chilly powder – 2 tsp
•  Coriander powder – 2 tsp
•  Garam masala powder – 2 tsp
•  Water – 3-4 cups
Ingredients for Dal Chaat
•  Cooked dal
•  Finely chopped onions – 2 tbsp
•  Finely chopped tomatoes – 2 tbsp
•  Finely chopped green chilies and coriander leaves
•  Chaat masala – 2 tsp
•  Lemon juice – juice of 1 lemon
Instructions For Dal
1- Heat oil in a kadahi and add jeera and heeng one by one
Add all the powdered spices and roast for a few seconds
Add soaked dal and stir. Time to add water. Firstly add 3 cups and give 1 boil at high flame. Then bring it at low flame and cover the kadahi
°  Avoid stirring dal otherwise it will become mushy
Slowly the dal will cook on low flame. If there is a need, add some hot water
After a few minutes, the water will evaporate and the dal will be cooked to perfection.
°   The consistency of dal should be firm and not mushy
When the dal is cooked, serve it with pooris or parantha or you can make a chatpati chaat with it
Instruction for Dal Chaat
1- When the dal is cooked to perfection, transfer it to a bowl
2- Add chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilies, chaat masala, and lemon juice. Combine all the ingredients
3- Enjoy this chatpati moong dal chaat as an evening snack or stuff to make yummy cooked dal ki pooris
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