Jun 122014
Bengali Bhaja Muger Dal Recipe | Sona Moong Dal Recipe
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Bengali Bhaja Muger Dal

Bengali Bhaja Muger Dal

Bengali Bhaja Muger Dal is roasted yellow lentils seasoned with spices. A traditional Bengali dal recipe, roasted sona moong dal goes well with steamed rice.

The light yellow-colored split moong dal is high in dietary fiber, protein, folate, thiamine and iron. It is low in fat and calories and it is easy to digest.

Bhaja (roasted) moong dal is a classic Bengali dish where split moong dal is dry roasted, pressure-cooked and then tempered with spices. The primary flavours of this aromatic yellow Moong Dal Bengali recipe come from roasted moong, desi ghee and spices.

Bengali Bhaja Muger Dal Step By Step:

1. To make Bengali Sona Moong Dal, dry roast yellow split moong dal on low heat till it turns golden brown. Cool and wash the dal.

Split yellow moong dal for dal recipe

Split yellow moong dal

2. Pressure cook the dal with a pinch of turmeric and enough water till it turns soft. Remove and keep aside.

Boiled moong dal for Bengali dal

Boiled moong dal

3. Heat ghee in a pan and season with bay leaf, cumin seeds, green chilli and grated ginger. Sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Ingredients for moong dal tempering

Moong dal ingredients

4. Pour in the boiled dal. Sprinkle roasted cumin powder, salt and sugar and simmer for 4-5 minutes till the bhaja moong dal is well blended. If the dal is too thick, add a little water.

Roasted moong dal tadka

Dal tadka

5. Remove and serve Bengali Bhaja Muger Dal with hot rice and Aloo Bhaja.

Roasted Yellow Moong Dal Recipe

Bhaja moong dal recipe

If you are looking for more recipes of moong dal, do try out Moong dal payasam and Moong dal dosa.

 Yellow Moong Dal Recipe details below:

Bengali Bhaja Muger Dal
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Moong Dal Bengali style is a thick and flavourful dal recipe served with a dollop of desi ghee. The rich and vibrant Bengali Moong Dal is best served with a bowl of hot rice. Learn how to make yellow dal.
Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Bengali
Serves: 2
  • Moong dal – ⅓rd cup
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Grated Ginger – ½ tsp
  • Green Chilli – 1
  • Roasted Cumin Powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar ½ tsp
  1. In a frying pan dry roast the moong dal for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool and wash roasted dal thoroughly. Pressure cook the moong dal with a pinch of turmeric.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan. Add bay leaf and cumin seeds. Sauté.
  3. Add the grated ginger and green chilli. Sauté for a minute or two.
  4. Tip in the cooked dal. Add roasted cumin powder, salt and sugar. Mix well.
  5. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. If the dal is very thick, dilute by adding a little water.
  6. Remove and serve Bhaja Sona Moong Dal with steamed Rice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 24g Calories: 14 Fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg


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  One Response to “Bengali Bhaja Muger Dal Recipe | Sona Moong Dal Recipe”

  1. Really amazing, superb.

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