Punjabi Moong ki Dal | Whole Green Gram Curry in Punjabi style

Dal or daal is one of the staple dish in Indian cuisine. If a dish has used any variety of dal then that dish is named as a dal dish. Dal actually means to a split version of lentils, peas etc. If a pulse is split into half, then that is a dal. Pulses are normally available in three types as the whole pulse, the split pulse with skin and the split pulse without skin. The common variety of pulses used in Indian traditional dal are like Arhar dal / pigeon pea / yellow pigeon peas, Chana dal / split black chickpeas, Moong dal / split green gram, Urad dal / split black gram, Masoor dal / split red, Rajma dal and many more. 

All the dishes prepared using any dal taste so delicious, healthy and nutritious since loaded with high amount of protein but low in fat. Well this time the Foodie Monday Blog Hop group has come up with 160th theme as ‘Traditional Indian Dal’. So I picked up one of the most popular Punjabi dal using whole green gram / sabut moong dal as Punjabi Moong ki Dal / Whole Green Gram Curry in Punjabi style.

This whole moong ki dal tastes best with hot roti or paratha even with steamed rice. The use of onion, garlic, ginger make the whole dish much more flavorful. First the whole green gram / sabut moong dal is almost cooked either in pressure cooker / pan. Then a tadka is prepared with generous amount of ghee and added to the dal. But here I have prepared using oil only for having a healthy note. Before serving, some lemon juice can be added to get some tangy flavor in the dal. Along with roti / rice this Punjabi Moong ki Dal / Whole Green Gram Curry in Punjabi style makes a most comforting and wholesome meal.

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Soaking Time : 3 hr  |  Preparation Time : 10 mins  |  Cooking Time : 20 mins

Ingredients :        



Whole green gram (sabut moong dal)

½ cup

Onion (small)

2 no.


½ inch

Garlic clove

2-3 no.


1 no.

Coriander powder

1 tsp

Turmeric powder

½ tsp

Red chili powder

½ tsp

Garam masala powder

½ tsp

Cumin seed

½ tsp

Red chili

1 no


1 & ½ tbsp


3-4 cup


As needed

Coriander leaf

As needed

Method :

  1. In a bowl take the whole green gram / sabut moong dal and wash well.
  2. Next soak in enough water for atleast 2-3 hours or overnight. I always prefer to soak overnight.
  3. After soaking, pressure cook the dal along with salt, turmeric powder and 3-4 cups of water over medium heat.
  4. After 2-3 whistles, turn off heat.
  5. Keep aside and allow the steam to escape automatically.
  6. Now take a pan and heat 1 tbsp oil.
  7. Add in cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  8. Then add finely chopped onion, finely chopped green chilies, finely crushed ginger and garlic.
  9. Saute well till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away and the onion looks transparent.
  10. Then add finely chopped tomatoes, coriander powder, garam masala powder.
  11. Saute till tomatoes become mushy.
  12. Next add the cooked green gram / moong dal and mix well.
  13. Simmer for 1-2 minutes depending upon the consistency of the dal desired and then transfer to a serving bowl.
  14. In a tadka pan, heat 1/2 tbsp oil.
  15. Add red chili, red chili powder and stir well.
  16. Pour over the dal in the serving bowl.
  17. Stir again and sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves.
  18. Serve hot along with steamed rice or roti or paratha !

Notes :

  • The pressure cooking time will be less if soaking overnight.
  • I prefer oil here, but ghee can be used to get that authentic flavor in the dal.

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  1. Unknown

    Lovely click and a perfect healthy share for the theme.

  2. Mayuri Patel

    Love your crockery, looks so cute.My favorite daal, just love it with some rice a bit of ghee. Its amazing how many versions of sabut moong dal one can make… Punjabi, Rajasthani, Gujarati to name a few.

  3. Priya Iyer

    The dal looks so inviting! I think I would love to have this with some plain parathas. Got to try it out now. 🙂

  4. Sujata Roy

    Dal looks delicious Beautiful presentation. I would love to have it bowl full. Loved your balti shaped serving bowl. Lovely share.

  5. Poonam Bachhav

    The Punjabi style monng dal sounds so delicious and wholesome. Love your beautiful presentation as well. Lovely share on the theme !

  6. mildly indian

    Some small difference make such a difference when it comes to Dal. I made mine in a rajasthani style with a slight difference in the spices, now i am tempted to try yours

  7. preethi'scuisine

    Lovely presentation Sasmita.I am a lover of dal.This sabut Moog dal punjabi style looks delish.Just need some hot rotis to polish it off.Fantastic share for the theme.

  8. Sujata Shukla

    This Sabut Moong dal certainly has everything – nutrition, flavour, the aroma of the tadka and ease of preparation! One dal I should try out soon!

  9. Praneetha

    I always love to try different varieties of dal. This sure looks very delicious and inviting. Will bookmark the recipe.

  10. Indfused

    I love mung dal and am always looking for new recipes. This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing Sasmita!

  11. Vanitha Bhat

    Thick and yummy! Love using whole moong in dishes; looks super delicious and I love the fiery tadka you have used; red chilli and chilli powder…yumm!!!

  12. Lata Lala

    I would love to have this dal everyday as this is so nutritious and tasty as well. Thanks for sharing your style of it.

  13. Priya Suresh

    Just need some rotis to clean that bowl, what a protein packed nutritious curry. Can smell the flavour of this dal rite now, tempting dish.

  14. Hayley

    I love sabut moong daal and usually prepare on Wednesday, flavourful, healthy and filling, love with hot steamy rice.

  15. Maria Nasir

    Punjabi style daals are my favourite comfort food with both roti and rice! Your daal with that chilli tarka on top looks totally mouthwatering.

  16. Anshu

    As Jagruti said, I too often make it on wednesdays. Loved by everyone in our family too… and yes, your crockery is taking all the attention 😊😊

  17. code2cook

    Moong dal is something which we cook often, rather more then any other dal. Looks fanstastic. it should be in the blog for sure.

  18. Soma Mukherjee

    These kind of soulful dal recipe is my favourite, this is such a healthy and flavourful recipe to make a great meal any day, awsome share.

  19. Unknown

    I love moong dal and this is such a soulful recipe. I love to make it once a week with rice.

  20. TheNeutralObserver

    Now I have to make moong dal …I love dal and the pics are making me drool

  21. JollyHomemadeRecipes

    Oh wow! This is such an awesome recipe. I love this moong dal, and chilli tadka on top looks so inviting. Yummy share my friend! 🙂

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