Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Narkel Diye moog dal (Bengali style) / Moong lentils with coconut

Moong Dal is always Bengali's favorite pick among different type of lentils when it  is an special occasion. That is why I prepared Moog Dal in a very special way during Poila Boishakh.. It is actually dry roasted Moog Dal cooked with grated coconut which give wonderful aroma of fried coconut garam masala.


Moong Dal                     (250 gms)
Coconut(grated)             1/2 cup
Green chili (slitted)          3
Ginger (grated)               1 tbsp
Bay leaf                          2
Red chilli                        3
Turmeric powder           1 tsp
Cumin powder               1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder   (1 tsp)
Cumin whole                   1 tsp
Mustard oil                     2 tbsp
salt as per taste
Sugar                            1 tsp


1. Heat a  pan and add Moong Dal and roast them for about 5 minute in medium flame until becomes golden brown in color. Remove it from fire and add water and wash dal properly.

2. Take dal in a pressure cooker and  add salt and double amount of water boil it for about 5 minute in full pressure. Don't over cook  the dal. Remove from fire. Let it cool. Now open the lid and add turmeric powder and mix well.

 3. Heat oil in a pan  and add  bay leaf and whole red chili. Fry them for a minute and add whole cumin seed.
fry them until cumin splutters. Add grated ginger and fry for a minute and then add grated coconut and slitted green chili . Stir fry  coconut for a couple of minute until it turns slightly golden yellow. Add cooked dal and stir.

4. Let it cook for 6 to 7 minutes with occasional stirring. Now add sugar (adding more salt is optional as you have already added while boiling  the Dal) and garam masala powder (Bengali garam masala). Add another cup of water if it become too thick. Cover the lid and cook for more 4 to 5 minutes.

Serve hot with plain rice and bhaja (Brinjal (Beguni), potato or cauliflower fry)


Preety said...

never added coconut in my lentils ..looks really good

Unknown said...

I make this too...looks delicious..love it..

Suman Singh said...

Delicious dal...love this anytime..

Raji said...

Daal is the ultimate comfort food for me...and this way of cooking daal with coconut is a new way to me..would love to try this. Thanks for dropping at my space.It's a pleasure to follow your space.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

This looks yummy and thick....adding coconut must have given it a different and delicious taste...

Mélange said...

A big fan of Bengali food here..
Your moongdal curry looks amazing with garam masala,bay leaf and what not!! I would love to try this.
Thanks for visiting me so that I could find this amazing place of yours..Cheers!

Madhu said...

Very nice Sunanda.

aipi said...

Nice n homey dish- I cook chana dal with coconut never tried with moong though..

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Zareena said...

This looks very colourful and creamy.
Loved the recipe. Will try this.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

hmm toh ekta dish jante parlem jeta tumi pot luck er jonne baniyechiley ;-)
Really very comforting dal preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

Sunanda said...

Friends thanx for your wonderful comments.
@ Deepa, all those dishes displayed in my last post were prepared for that occasion :)

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

This sounds great ... lovely recipe!

Shobha said...

Nice and simple dal..I love it any day.
Plz collect the FOOD MAZAA AWARD from my blog Sunanda.

Sobha Shyam said...

Lovely recipe..looks delicious..first time here..do drop at my space as well..:)

Unknown said...

simple and quite satisfying! YUM!

Michael Dan said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. These are definitely a must try; they look and sound delicious! I can't wait using my Celebes Desiccated Coconut from http://celebes.com

hospitality management courses in kolkata said...

I came across your blog while looking for some moong dal recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye on your post.

Unknown said...

nice blog! indian recipe is also good and tasty, i just love this tasty moog dal. thankyou for shearing this information with us!
chowringhee satyaniketan

Dj SK said...

Awesome moog dal recipe..The icing of the cake is the coconuts. Added more flavour to the dal.

Shreerupa said...

True authentic recipe. Loved it! I have added few green peas to make it more colorful. It tasted too yummy!

Sbihm said...

Thanks for sharing this information, I really appreciate your cooking skills, Thank You! I love this dish so much. I have learned this dish to prepare when I was studying in the best hotel management colleges in kolkata


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