yellow moong dal

One Pot Yellow Moong Dal

Try out this 30-minute yellow moong dal recipe and never go hungry again! I have been making this dal for years now, and it is a regular in my kitchen. Super simple and loved equally by all, this vegan dal is a crowd pleaser. Make this along with some rice and potato fry and you have a winning combo! I love cooking with yellow moong dal since it takes no time to get ready.

The key differentiator here is the panchphoran. For those new to this term, panchphoran is a Bengali five spice mix which is easily available in any Indian grocery store. You can make your own by mixing equal portions of the following whole spices – fennel seeds (saunf), mustard seeds (rai), fenugreek seeds (methi), cumin seeds (jeera) and nigella seeds (kalonji).

yellow moong dal

yellow moong dal

The ingredients in this vegan yellow dal are minimal, but the results are absolutely amazing. A hearty and comforting dal recipe ready to go in minutes. Here’s the recipe:

Preparation time – 10 minutes

Cook time –  30 minutes

Serves – 3-4 people


  • 200 g yellow moong dal
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tsp panchphoran
  • 1 dried red chili
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 500 ml of water
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Thoroughly wash the yellow moong dal. Soak it in water for ten to fifteen minutes. This will help cook them faster and also get rid of preservatives or color if any. Set it aside once done.
  2. Heat mustard oil in a pressure cooker. Allow the heat to release smoke and turn into a pale yellow color.
  3. Add the dried red chili, followed by the panchphoran and garlic and stir for about five seconds. Do not burn.
  4. Finely chop the tomatoes and add to this mixture. Stir for a minute till onions soften.
  5. Once the onions soften, add the washed yellow moong dal into the pressure cooker. Stir well.
  6. Season with salt, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Stir well.
  7. Pour in the water and give it one last stir.
  8. Pressure cook the dal for two whistles and allow it to cool.
  9. Remove lid once al the pressure comes out of the cooker. Serve hot with boiled rice. 

yellow moong dal

yellow moong dal

yellow moong dal
Tastes perfect with alu bhaji, salad and lemon!

I hope you do try this vegan yellow moong dal for yourself. I promise it will not disappoint.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to reach out to me with a comment or connect with me on Instagram or Facebook.

Happy cooking!

yellow moong dal


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