This crunchy and nutritious Moong Dal Salad is a simple warm salad apt for winters as well as for weight loss.

Yellow Moong Dal, though preferred during illness but once you taste this salad, you will love to serve it even to your guests. It is very delicious and especially in winters, when you are craving for only warm and hot food items then this salad tops the list.

Moong Dal Salad

When you talk of Moong Dal Salad, then Moong sprouts salad immediately pops in your head. But this salad is not made using Green Moong or Moong sprouts. Instead, we are using Yellow Moong Dal here. So, do we sprout it or boil t? Well, neither! 

Boiled Moong Dal Or Raw?

Have you ever thought of eating lentils uncooked? That too, even without sprouting. Frankly, I didn't. I always thought that besides eating it as Dal fry, we can grind it and make various delicacies like Vada or Pancake or Pakodas. And when my sister-in-law, Archana Aggarwal, shared this recipe of Yellow Moong Dal salad with me,  I couldn't take it easy. But because of my blind trust in her recipes, I had to give it a try and yes, you are right. This salad was a hit.

Yellow moong dal gets cooked very quickly but for this salad, we don't need to cook it. Just soak it for an hour or two and that's it. Once soaked, the dal becomes very soft. And then just saute it and your salad is ready.

 

 Yellow Moong Dal Benefits

  •  Like all other lentils, Yellow Moong Dal too is a good source of protein and is full of dietary fibre.
  • Easy to digest and is thus commonly recommended during illness especially if stomach infection.
  • Rich in Potassium, Calcium and Vitamin B.
  • Low in fat and is therefore good for people having high cholesterol.

 

Serving Suggestions

 

Related Recipes

Also, some other Indian salad recipes that you would love to try are:

 

Step By Step Recipe

  • Clean and wash Yellow moong dal.
  • Soak it for a minimum of one hour. You can soak it longer if you have time.
Soak Yellow Moong dal

 

  • Chop veggies and keep them aside.
  • In a pan, heat oil and saute veggies till slightly soft. Especially take care that peas have become a little soft.
  • Drain water from the soaked Yellow moong dal and keep the dal in a strainer so that all extra water is removed.
Keep soaked  Moong Dal in a strainer

 

  • Once the veggies are half done then add soaked and rinsed dal in it.
Saute veggies

 

  • Saute on high flame for 2 to 3 minutes till dal gets slightly soft.
  • Season with salt, ginger, green chillies and lemon juice.
Mix rinsed moong dal in it
  • Serve warm.
  • If you plan to make it ahead of time then once made, cover it and leave as it is. Warm it at the time of serving.
 

FAQs

Q) Can I replace Moong Dal with any other lentil?

  • Yes, you can use Bengal gram (Chana Dal) or Urad Dal instead of Moong dal. But, you need to cook it before adding veggies.
  • So, after soaking, put them in boiled water for half an hour so that they turn soft.

 

Q) Is it the same as Kosambari of Andhra Cuisine?

  • Not exactly but definitely to some extent as the main ingredient, yellow moong dal is common.
  • For making Kosambari, take rinsed moong dal, add veggies of your choice, like tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, etc (anything that can be eaten raw).
  • mix salt, grated coconut, and tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves. 
  • For tempering, heat oil in a pan, Splutter mustard seeds, and curry leaves.

 

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Moong Dal Salad

A light, fibrous and crunchy warm salad apt for cool days.

Course Salad
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Dal Salad, Indian Salad Recipes for Weight Loss
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Samira

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Moong Dal
  • 1 Teaspoon Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Shelled Peas
  • 1/4 Cup Beans Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Carrots Chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger Finely Chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Green Chillies Finely Chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice Or as per taste

Instructions

  1. Clean and wash Yellow moong dal. Soak it for minimum one hour. You can soak it longer if you have time.
  2. Chop veggies and keep aside.

  3. In a pan, heat oil and saute veggies till slightly soft. Especially take care of peas that they have become little soft.

  4. Drain water from the soaked Yellow moong dal and keep the dal in a strainer so that all extra water is removed.

  5. Once the veggies are half done then add soaked and rinsed dal in it.

  6. Saute on high flame for 2 to 3 minutes till dal gets slightly soft.

  7. Season with salt, ginger, green chillies and lemon juice.

  8. Serve it warm only, with love, soup optional.

  9. If you plan to make it ahead of time then once made, cover it and leave as it is. Warm it at the time of serving.

Variation

  1. During summers, add tomatoes and cucumber and serve at room temperature. Avoid peas and beans in summers.

Recipe Notes

  1. This salad has a crunchy texture and that is the beauty of this salad. If the lentils get too soft then it tastes like Dal tadka/fry and loses its properties as a salad.
  2. It is better to add lemon juice at the time of serving the salad.
  3. You can add veggies of your choice like onions, tomatoes etc.
  4. Avoid adding cucumber as it doesn't go with warm salads.
  5. Add little whole spice powder (Garam Masala) or Chat Masala for making it more spicy.

 

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