Friday, June 18, 2010

Moong dal with mustard greens (Lentils with greens)

mulberry tree

mustard greens

Swiss Chard has always been my favorite green in terms of growing and cooking but this time I also sowed seeds for mustard greens and I am glad I did. They are tasty and absolutely perfect with dal. This is MIL's recipe for the dal and greens. I normally don't add tomatoes and she does not add garlic which I do.

Toor dal, masoor dal or moong dal can be used in this recipe. As for the greens, Swiss Chard, mustard greens or amaranth greens work nicely. Spinach works as well.

Moong dal with mustard greens
1. 1 cup of moong dal cooked with 1 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp of sesame oil in 2 cups of water till soft and mushy (masoor or toor dal will work as well)
2. 2 Cups of mustard greens washed and chopped
3. 1/4 cup chopped shallots
4. 5-6 green chilies slit
5. 1 tomato chopped
6. seasonings: mustard seeds and curry leaves
7. salt to taste
8. 1 tsp oil or ghee

1. In a pan heat oil and add the mustard seeds and when they pop add the curry leaves followed by the onions. When onions turn pink and translucent add in the green chilies
2. Add the tomatoes and saute till they are soft
3. Add the mustard greens and saute till they start to wilt
4. Add the cooked dal, give a good mix
5. Add salt to taste and let it come to a boil

Serve with rice, they are an excellent side for chapatis


  1. Yummy daal I love this..and nice pics dear

  2. I think last time i had mulberry was when i was 16 or something like that one the way to school we used to pluck from a aunties garden. Well which was hanging out of her fence, she was a crazy lady anyway :-)
    Dal dish looks really yumm,

  3. Super delicious and healthy dal, looks awesome..

  4. last winter I sowd some mustards too and they are incredibly easy to grow. cooked sarshon da shag and both liked it. this one looks very comforting. can imagine the slightly pungent taste with the smoothness of the dal. great combo.

  5. Have never seen a mulberry tree till now. :-) That's a nice variation of moong dal ... addiing mustard greens .. must try this winter. :-)
    I posted the Bengali version of the moong dal today.

  6. Sounds very delish and healthy....YUM!

  7. wonderful pics of mulberry.. i have never seen the plant but will keep a look for it now that i know how it looks. daal with greens looks delicious. i love to mix and match different daal and different greens. keep the plain old daal interesting.

  8. I forgot to sow mustard. :( probably when the radishes come out, I'm going to use that space for mustard. The dal looks very tempting.

    Indo, Would it be possible to see a picture of your veggie patch? All that you grow and post here are very inspiring!

  9. So healthy and delicious! perfect with some rice :-)

  10. Nice picture of the plant and dhal..

  11. Kay, I was planning on keeping a running log of all the veggies harvested and the money invested and your comment just accelerated the process. Check it out.

  12. just saw that!! thank you! :)

  13. Jut got some fresh mustard leaves yesterday and now I have a recipe. Thanks ISG.

  14. Love the first and second fotos! Have eaten mustard greens only twice, at restaurants, in sarson ka saag!

  15. This was delicious! I made a few changes including using a can of roma tomatoes, swapping peppers for cayenne pepper and a few shots of Frank's Hot Sauce, swapping mustard seeds for a 1/2 teaspoon of masala to the dal, and finishing with a few tablespoons of cilantro and a dash of fresh lemon juice. Thanks for the recipe.


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