Tamatar Moong Dal (Tomatoes and Mung Lentil Gravy)

This one is a simple dish, but comforting. Just split, skinned moong/mung beans with tomatoes and a few spices. Yumm with rice or rotis.

DH and I also like to have it as soup (a thinned version). Moong dal is made in hundreds of different ways! Here’s my version.


Moong dal (Green gram skinned and split): 1½ cups

Tomatoes: 2 medium

Green chillies: 2 (You may skip the chillies for children)

Ginger: ½ inch piece

Cumin seeds: 1 teaspoon

Asafoetida (hing): a pinch

Turmeric: ½ teaspoon

Coriander/Cilantro (dhania) leaves: a handful

Ghee: ½ teaspoon (you may use oil instead of ghee – but ghee increases flavor and taste)

Salt to taste



  1. Wash and cook moong dal in about 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker for about 4-5 whistles or till the dal is mushy. Turn off the heat and wait for the steam pressure to be released by the cooker.
  2. In the meanwhile, chop the tomatoes, green chillies, and ginger finely. Also, chop the coriander leaves finely and reserve.
  3. Heat the ghee (or oil) in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they splutter, add the asafoetida powder and mix for a few seconds.
  4. Reduce the heat to low. Add the chopped tomatoes, green chillies, and ginger. Sauté well till the tomatoes are soft (the peels will separate).
  5. When the dal is taken out of the pressure cooker, mash it well with a ladle and add to the pan.
  6. Add a cup of water or more to a thick soupy consistency.
  7. Add the turmeric powder and salt to taste.
  8. Bring to a boil and cook for a few minutes so the dal and tomatoes blend well.
  9. Lastly, add the chopped coriander leaves and mix. Turn off the heat.


  11. Serve hot with rice, rotis, or have it just as is like a soup 🙂


2 Responses to “Tamatar Moong Dal (Tomatoes and Mung Lentil Gravy)”


    From skribles: Thanks for the comment. Yes, I too love to have more as a soup – quite a comfort food

  2. thanks a lot to skribles for its great and yummy reciepies,,,i would love to learn more about tour dishes,especially indian foods….more power !!!!!….

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