Moong Dal


I actually learned this in the kitchen of this lovely Indian woman! Serve hot in soup bowls, or over rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 2 ½ cups moong dal (split husked mung beans)

  • 2 ½ cups water

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

  • 1 teaspoon diced jalapeno chile pepper

  • ½ cup diced tomatoes

  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed

  • ½ dried red chile pepper

  • 1 pinch Asafoetida

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Rinse the dal, checking for any debris; add to saucepan with 2 1/2 cups water. Allow to soak for 30 minutes.

  2. Bring dal, water, and salt to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until beans are very tender and mixture has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Add more water, if necessary, to prevent drying out. Stir in ginger, jalapeno pepper, tomato, lemon juice, and turmeric.

  3. Heat oil in a small saucepan and add cumin seed and red chile pepper. When pepper is heated, add Asafoetida powder and garlic. Stir mixture into split peas and add cilantro; mix well.

Cook's Note:

You can use yellow split peas instead of moong beans, but I don't think they're as nice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

330 Calories
3g Fat
57g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 667mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 15g 52%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 129mg 10%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 1143mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love