Dhone pata diye moong dal |Moong dal with coriander leaves

To me in childhood, the only thing that would excite me was food. Be it my ma’s quick luchis and Aloor torkari, boro mashi’s kochu baata and shutki, mejo mashi’s dhone pata diye dal, fish curry, boro mami’s Mishti tok dal, Shejo mami’s baked dishes, mejo mami’s pineapple pasta and cashew chicken, all used to be the source of joy that I would yearn for. So today’s recipe, would be my mejo mashi’s Dhone pata diye moong dal |Moong dal with coriander leaves. Though I tried to recreate the same without asking her the recipe, it really came out nice and aromatic. Joy in simple dishes is what Bengali households were all about in the ages of only home made food.

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Time required to make Dhone pata diye moong dal |Moong dal with coriander leaves: 20 minutes

Ingredients required to make Dhone pata diye moong dal |Moong dal with coriander leaves for 3 people:

3/4 cup Shona moong dal (a smaller grain variety)

3 cloves garlic

1/2 onion – sliced

1 green chilli

Salt to taste

Mustard oil

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp ghee

1 sprig if coriander leaves – chopped

2 red dry chillies – whole

Bay leaf – 1

Dhone pata diye moong dal |Moong dal with coriander leaves recipe:

  • Take a pressure cooker and dry roast the moong dal until a nutty aroma is released. Once done, keep aside
  • Soak the day in water for 20 minutes and drain water
  • In the pressure cooker, heat mustard oil until smoking hot
  • Add red dry chillies, garlic and wait till aroma comes out
  • Drop in onion slices and bay leaf. Fry until onion starts changing color to brown
  • Add dal, salt and turmeric powder. Stir fry for sometime
  • Add 3 cups of water and pressure cooker it for 3 whistles
  • Once done remove from flame and let it rest till vapour settles down
  • Open pressure cooker’s lid and bring it to boil
  • Add ghee, chopped fresh coriander leaves along with the green stalks and hand broken green chillies
  • Let the aroma of coriander leaves come out and the day should reduce a bit by now

You are done with your quick Dhone pata diye moong dal |Moong dal with coriander leaves in pressure cooker. Serve it with steamed rice and aloo bhaja! Hmm….. It’s Divine! What say?!

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