Simple Veg Dhal

Serves 2


Moong dhal – 1 cup

Peas – ¼ cup

Capsicum – 1 (cut into pieces)

Tomato – 1 (cut into pieces)

Potato – 1 (cut into pieces)

Carrot, Beans (optional) – (cut into pieces) ¼ cup

Corn (optional) – 2-3 tbsp

Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1 tbsp

Fennel (sombu) – ½ tbsp

Cloves – 2

Green or red chillies – 6-8 (chopped)

Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp

Ghee – 3 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Water – to cook vegetables

Cashews – 3-4 (optional)

Curd – 2 tbsp

Milk cream – 1 tbsp

Coriander – For garnishing

Preparation of Dhal:

  1. Cook the moong dhal in a pressure cooker (take out in 3 whistles) or in a cooking vessel for 10-15 mins till the dhal gets cooked well.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan, add jeera, fennel, cloves, cashews, chillies, tomato and fry lightly.
  3. Now add capsicum, peas, potato, (carrot, beans, corn – optional) and pour some water to cook the vegetables. Cook it well for 5-10 mins.
  4. Now add the cooked moong dhal, salt, turmeric powder, curd and mix well. Add little water if it gets too thick. Cook it for 2-3 mins till all gets mixed up.
  5. Remove from flame once it becomes as thick as gravy and add milk cream.

Serve with chapathi or parathas…..

Additional Info:

The water in the vegetables and in moong dhal is enough. Add little water if necessary otherwise it will become very loose. If so happens add corn flour paste to it.

You can add any vegetables. It’s easy and healthy.


Dal Tadka

Serves 2


Channa dal (kadalai paruppu) – ¼ cup

Moong dal (paitham paruppu) – ¼ cup

Toor dhal (thuvaram paruppu) – 1 tbsp

Green chillies – 5 – 6 (chopped)

Tomato – 1 (chopped)

Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1 tbsp

Sombu (fennel) – ½ tbsp

Garam masala powder – 1 tbsp

Methi powder – 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp

Curd – 2 tbsp

Milk cream (optional) – 1 tbsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Coriander & Curry leaves – for garnishing

Preparation of Dal Tadka:

  1. Soak all the dals for 30 minutes and cook it with some water in a pressure cooker (take out in 3 whistles) or in a cooking vessel for 15 – 20 mins. Keep it aside after it is cooked well.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add sombu, jeera, curry leaves, green chillies, tomato and fry well.
  3. Add some water and cook for a min. Now add garam masala powder, methi powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  4. Cook it for 2-3 mins and add the cooked dal to it. Add some water if needed.
  5. Cook for 5 mins and add curd, milk cream.
  6. Mix well and remove from flame. Garnish with coriander.

Best with Chapathi and pulka……

Additional Info:

You can also add red chillies, cloves etc…….

You can also add some ghee before serving.