Monday, July 4, 2022



This is a delicious and healthy dal recipe for day to day cooking. Moong dal is slow cooked with the addition of tender mustard greens and tempered with onion, garlic, asafoetida and cumin seed tadka which really enhances the flavours. This can be served with rice or rotis. 

yellow split moong dal .... 1 cup
Mustard greens ................ 1 small bunch (I have used home grown tender mustard leaves)
Green chillies ................. 2
Onion .......................... 1 small
Tomato ....................... 1 small
Garlic ......................... 7-8 cloves
Turmeric powder ........ 1/4 tsp
Salt ............................. to taste
Red chilli powder ...... 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds ............... 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida ................. 1/8 tsp
Oil .............................. 2 -3 tbsps

1. Wash and soak the moong dal for 1 or 2 hours.
2. In a pan slow cook dal with the addition of mustard greens, salt, turmeric powder, green chillies, tomato and 1 cup of water. 
3. Stir in between and add little water if required. Keep a grainy texture and do not over cook.
4. Lightly mash with the ladle to mix everything.
5. Heat oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the crushed garlic and finely diced onion. Reduce the flame and fry until they are golden brown. Switch off the flame and add the red chilli powder. Stir the tempering into the cooked dal saving little for garnishing.
6. Serve with rice or rotis.

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We have completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is M - So here is the recipe of Moong Dal with Mustard greens 

Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)

A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom flavoured cup cakes )
F - False ke Biscuits ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe (Sweet Flattened Rice Flakes with jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi ( Fresh Coriander stir fry )
I - Imli Gosht ( Hyderabadi style tangy Mutton Curry)
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
K - Karele ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter Gourd Stir fry)
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle)
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ka Saag ( Moong dal with Mustard Greens)
N - Neembu Gud Ki Shikanji (Indian summer drink with lemon)

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  1. The dal came out perfect. I get only the Chinese mustard so used them.

  2. Never tried moong dal with sarson ka saag looks so good healthy too. Would love to try

    1. Do try for a change . It tasted really good.

  3. This looks like a hearty and delicious recipe and great to serve with hot rotis. I like the idea of adding mustard greens, it must have given it a great flavour.

    1. Yes Nayna, It tasted really nice for a change. Do try sometime.

  4. Moong dal with sarson ka saag seems a new recipe. Must be quite flavorful and nutritive too. Will try this during the winters when sarson is abundantly available.

    1. Thanks Neha. This tastes good with tender leaves. You can grow some in a pot too and make this.

  5. The dal is super comforting. I love it with rice for my dinner. We get Chinese mustard leaves here so that is what I have used. So even though lesser aroma, taste was wonderful.

    1. I am glad you tried it with Chinese mustard leaves and yet it was flavourful.

  6. Moong dal with sarson ka saag quite a new recipe to me, I have tried with toor dal but not with moong dal. I am sure they must be so flavourful and healthy too. Will try this coming winters when sarson is abundantly available.

    1. Thanks Jolly. I am sure you will like this variation too.

  7. Moong dal with Sarson ka saag sounds innovative . I love moong dal and will definitely try it with mustard greens next time .

    1. Thanks Preethi. You will like it for sure.

  8. Wow never thought of adding sarson ka saag to my moong dal. Definitely a yum way to consume the vegetable and healthy too. Thanks.


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