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Moong dal usal (Muga dali usli)

Moong dal(muga dali) usli is very dear to most of the Konkanis. Some people eat it as a breakfast and some as a side dish. For me, it is mostly known as a prasad of Ramnavami festival. However you eat it, this is a very tasty and filling dish with or without any combination. I love to cook this because it is very easy and very nutritious. Make it a bit spicy and it goes well with chapathis too(This is just my way of eating it, others might not like this combination).

1/2 cup moong dal
1 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut
3-4 green chilies
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
A pinch asafoetida
1/2 tea spn sugar
4-5 curry leaves

Heat oil and add mustard seeds. Add curry leaves, green chilies, asafoetida and fry for little time. Now add moong dal, fry for about 5mins and about 2 cups water, salt. Close the lid and cook till dal is cooked but not mushy. Add sugar and mix well. Garnish with coconut.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 15mins

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  • simpleindianfood November 13, 2007, 8:28 pm

    I make this during one of the navratri days too as sundal…it is really simple and nice

  • Siri November 13, 2007, 10:13 pm

    Simple, yet such comforting dish dear.. love the color.. even I love this chapathi and Moong Dal Usal combo..:D

  • Purnima November 13, 2007, 11:26 pm

    Very true, though I m not fond of this, this was a common breakfast item at my place..tks for the recipe!

  • Kaykat November 14, 2007, 12:47 am

    Ooo … new to me! I’ve only used tuar and channa daals in uslis so far.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • musy November 14, 2007, 1:10 am

    i love muga usli with lots of curds mixed with it :). But i agree, it tastes best on Ramnavami day! Your picture is looking so fresh and bright, perked me up totally!

  • Swati November 14, 2007, 1:16 am

    Hi Shilpa…feels nice to be the first one to leave a comment…this is really a quick recipe and even I make it very often…but so far have not added coconut to it…will try it your way too. :)

  • Swati:Sugarcraftindia November 14, 2007, 1:20 am

    Hi Shilpa…feels nice to be the first one to leave a comment…this is really a quick recipe and even I make it very often…but so far have not tried making it with coconut…will try it your way too…:):)

  • Miri November 14, 2007, 2:37 am

    I remember this from my best friend’s home im Mumbai when I was in college – I used to practically live there half the time.
    Very different and protein packed!
    Bring’s back fond memories of S Pacchi who was such a mother figure to me – still is.

  • Asha November 14, 2007, 6:13 am

    Spicy Moong dal looks yum. I like the taste whether it’s sweet or hot!:)

  • Aruna November 14, 2007, 10:44 am

    Surprising you posted this authentic breakfast item so late …Shilpa. Lost in work !!!! The picture is so pleasing. I make this with Kalayile Powu on Saturdays at least once in a month.

    In native place rulav (upma) is also served. Mooga usli, rulav, powu and sev. Wow miss those childhood and teenage days breakfast in mamama’s house.

  • Ramya November 14, 2007, 6:44 pm

    oh thats lovely!!! will try it out sometime….

  • kanchan November 15, 2007, 11:29 am

    Hi! Shipa it is true that all konkanis from mangalore love hot mooga dali usali. I make it as a dinner dish, all in one. have it with some fruit and curds. I wash and soak moongdal for 30mts, after seasoning with mustard seeds, curryleaves and dry chilli pieces, I add 1 tsp of ground ginger and chilli paste. pressure cook it with a little more water,. garnish with scraped coconut and coriander leaves. Eat it hotwith ghee. It really tastes yummy. If any thig is left over , next Day dilute it with water n add masal ,season once again and u have ready daal.

  • sagari November 15, 2007, 4:29 pm

    lovely and comforting recipe

  • Akshata Kamath May 28, 2008, 2:07 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    It was nice to see mugadali usli. We used to have it with chapati when we were kids. Though the recipes are at the back of my mind or a call away (to amma), your blog and pictures always motivate me to try them out rightaway. Thanks a lot. Hats off to your effort in maintaing this blog.

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