Friday, October 05, 2012

Mung Dal Recipe (Lentils) and Vegetable Stir Fry

Easy, Delicious Dal and Mixed Vegetable Medley (Sabzi)

-by Nari Soundarrajan

(Author's note: originally published in Dec 2011, Recipe is from 2002, Republished by popular request)
Accompanies any carbohydrate staple such as: Naanrotisteamed ricequinoa etc.

carrot and cauliflower curry during preparation in a wok

Plate with mung beans (greenish color), stir fried vegetable curry, rice

INGREDIENTS (for 2 people)

Vegetables - preparation
Red pepper- 1 :Cut to slender pieces 1 inch long
Potatoes or sweet potatoes- 1 :Chop to small 1 inch blocks, microwave soft with 2-3 tbsp water
Zuccini squash- 1: Chop to 1/2 inch sized bits
Green chilis- 2: Chop to small 1/4 inch bits

Cilantro- 2-3 stalks: Chop to fine, or pinch to small pieces
Onions (medium)- 1: Chop fine or slice into long thin pieces
Tomatoes- 2: Chop into 1 inch sized thin slices (or use a small can of tomato paste)
[Note: the use of red colored peppers and green zuccini and yellowish potaoes with red tomatoes gives the dish a very pleasing colorful look. Feel free to experiment with cauliflower, aubergines, yellow peppers, okra or carrots too to impart other hues]

Note: tsp = teaspoon; tbsp = tablespoon
Cumin seed 1 tsp
Cinnamon 1/4 tsp
Garam masala/curry powder 1 to 1 1/2 tsp
Garlic cloves (optional) 1 or 2 chopped fine or minced
Ginger (optional) 1 inch piece chopped fine or minced
Asafoetida powder ½ tsp

1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
½ cup water or vegetable broth
Take  1 cup of split mung dal, rinse well, drain the water.
Then add to a pot, add 2 cups water and bring to boil, then simmer down, add 2 tbsp oil or butter and cook while stirring regularly for 20-30 mins on medium heat.
Season with some sauteed cummin, onions and ginger garlic paste, add salt to taste and serve
I will add more detailed recipe soon if this is not very elaborate.

Cut to long slender pieces
1. In a skillet or wok heat oil over medium heat.
2. Add the cumin seeds, as they start browning, add onions. (don’t let cumin blacken)
3. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are golden, ~ about 5 minutes.
4. Reduce the heat a little, stir in the garlic, ginger and green chilis and cook for 1-2 minutes.
5. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 mins. (optional)
6. Add the cauliflower and carrots, and stir for 1 min. Sprinkle some water.
7. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10-15 minutes. Stir once in 3-4 minutes lightly to prevent charring at the bottom.
8. Season with salt. Add the cilantro, switch off the heat and cover with the lid. When you open again, the flavor would be really uplifting.

Split Mung Dal without skin looks yellow in color after cooking. This color is also slightly enhanced by addition of some turmeric powder here.


  1. Thank you so much for sharign this one. I want to try this vegetable stir fry on Sunday. And I'm hoping my husband will like it. Keep on sharing!

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