boiled moong dal

Boiled Moong Dal

Moong dal is a subtly flavoured dal which is very light and filling. Even a simple bowl of plain moong dal with a few drops of ghee or lemon tastes nothing short of a dream. There’s just something so comforting about moong dal and I just love it in every form. I have been making this yellow moong dal for years and it is a regular in my kitchen. Super simple and loved equally by all, this dal is a crowd pleaser. 

Today I bring to you this even simpler version of my favourite moong dal – Boiled Moong Dal. It is very easy to make, requires the very basic ingredients easily found in every Indian kitchen and does not require any elaborated methods or high end utensils (not even a pressure cooker). This is a one pot recipe which is wholesome, comforting, and absolutely delicious and is hostel friendly too. If you live alone and are dependent on basic one pot recipes, this is the recipe which will take you back home and leave you feeling content on so many levels. 

boiled moong dal

boiled moong dal

It is extremely easy to make this Boiled moong dal and it takes no time to come along. The ingredients in this yellow dal are minimal, but the results are absolutely amazing – A hearty and comforting dal recipe that gets ready in minutes. Let’s take a look at the handful of ingredients and the steps involved in curating this wholesome goodness. 

Preparation time – 10 minutes

Cook time – 30 minutes

Serves – 4 people


  • 500 ml water
  • 100 g moong dal (washed and soaked – at  least 30-60 minutes)
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 medium tomato – julienne or finely chopped
  • 6 g fresh garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste 


  1. In a deep pot, add the water.
  2. Add in the washed and soaked yellow moong dal to the water.
  3. Give it a mix. 
  4. Add in the green chilies and tomatoes and mix well.
  5. Add in the fresh garlic paste.
  6. Cook the dal on low flame stirring occasionally.
  7. Once the dal is thoroughly cooked, season it with salt.
  8. Finish off with a teaspoon of ghee and a handful of chopped fresh coriander leaves. 

boiled moong dal

boiled moong dal

Enjoy this hot bowl of goodness with some plain rice or roti and a side of sautéed vegetables or pickles. Try this recipe for yourself today. I promise it will not disappoint you! 

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