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Moong Dal Chutney | Vegetarian Lentil Side | Side for Idly Dosa

I love dal almost in any form but my most favorite version is this Moong Dal Chutney as we call it at home. This Moong dal chutney is a great accompaniment with hot idlies, chappati or even rice. So very versatile and of course it has a special ingredient when Amma makes it that almost I do not get the same taste as she makes it. 

Recipe Source ~ Amma
Serves ~ 4 


Split Moong Dal - 3/4'th cup
Shallots/ Peal Onions - 10 nos, sliced thinly
Garlic pods - small 10 pods. chopped
Ginger - 1/2 inch, minced
Green chili - 3 sliced thinly
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera/ Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp

To Garnish 
Coriander leaves
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp

To Temper 

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Jeera/ whole cumin - 1/2 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Urad dal - 1 tsp

  • Wash the split moong dal twice with water and pressure cook them with 1 and 1/2 cup water along with turmeric and half of the salt, for 3 whistles until dal is cooked well
  • In a non stick pan heat oil, add mustard seeds wait until it splutters, urad dal, jeera, hing, curry leaves and saute for few seconds. Now add the green chili, garlic and onion saute for 3 minutes until the onions sweat and turn golden
  • Add the cooked dal mix well, check for salt and let it simmer for 3 minutes until mushy. Sprinkle the jeera powder switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves. If needed you can add lemon juice at this point.
Serve hot with idly or chappati if its breakfast/lunch time 
or serve along with white rice, ghee and pappad for lunch


  1. delicious and inviting pic dear

  2. sounds inviting and nice clicks..

  3. Nice chutney dear!inviting pics!

  4. Looks like dal fry chutney ! Nice!

  5. wow.. mouthwatering.. nice click..:)

  6. comforting dhal,i prepare the same way except add tomato for some tanginess.

  7. Nice chutney.. Happy to follow u.. plz come and visit my space

  8. Yummuilicious dal akka, Mom makes it to accompany dosas or idlis :) Looks just like her preparation :) Yum!!! Loved the first click :)

  9. New to me . will try

  10. Delicious looking and comforting moong dal preparation.

  11. A great side dish for idli dosa or even rotis .....

  12. Nice side for dosas and chapathis

  13. This is cool Priya..never had this combi with idlies and dosas :)so when i visit u,u can make this for breakfast :)

  14. buddy the pot looks very vibrant!! loved the first click very much...:)

  15. i never knew this...totally a new recipe...will try this for sure

  16. This dal chutney is definitely versatile, can have with anything, even as filling for a sandwich..Very nutritious.

  17. yummy comfort chutney,healthy one!!

  18. really comforting chutney... love that little pot of urs... cute!!! :)

  19. Wow! very inviting click dear...looks awesome and chutney looks so so delicious...

  20. Chutney looks so delicious.. Love the kutty pot.. As usual nice clicks da..

  21. Yummy & healthy side :)

  22. Love both the pics Priya, love this chutney, love th pot , clear details n presentation


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