Mooga dali kadi

Moong Dal Gravy (Muga Dali Kadi)

Mooga dali kadi
No matter how much you change your palette to adjust to new kind of food, you always crave for the food that you grew up eating. I stayed away from my favorite Konkani dishes for a few months, just because I was trying out new things. Now we have reached a stage, we crave Konkani food every single day. Konkani kadis – like Jeer mirya kadi, taka kadi are some of the things that we are having these days. Recently, I made this long forgotten muga dali kadi. It has the same basic spices like jeer mirya kadi, but it also gives the protein due to the addition of one of the easy-on-your-tummy and easy-to-cook dals – yellow moong dal. The garlic seasoning makes it so heavenly. I prepared a big pot and we had it for two days, it tastes much better on the second day.

1/2 cup yellow moong dal
1 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut
2 red chillies
1 tea spn cumin seeds
1/2 tea spn pepper
1/2 tea spn thick tamarind extract
1 tbl spn chopped garlic
A pinch turmeric

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Cook dal with turmeric and water till it is completely mushy. I cooked it in pressure cooker for about 1 whistle.
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Heat a little oil and add cumin seeds, pepper. When they are slightly browned, add chillies, coconut. Take off heat and grind to a smooth paste.
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Add the paste, tamarind and salt to cooked dal. Add enough water to make it into a gravy consistency. Bring it to boil.
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Heat a little ghee and add garlic. When the garlic is browned, pour it over the kadi and cover.
Serve hot with rice.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 30mins
Mooga dali kadi

16 thoughts on “Moong Dal Gravy (Muga Dali Kadi)”

  1. What a lovely post about going back to ‘home’ in the kitchen. You can’t know how much I appreciate this right now. I am going to try garlicky moong dal soon.

    As usual, your photo makes it too tempting 🙂

    Best wishes!

    1. I’m back Shilpa — could not find my split moong in any of the boxes so I used masoor dal and it came out fantastic! Taking this for my supper at work tonight… thanks for the delicious recipe 🙂

  2. Yes, you are so right.At the end of the day you want to eat your own comfort food.We too cook simple amchi food nowadays.

    1. Shobelyn, It is split green gram. I don’t think it is available in Us super markets. It is easily available in Indian stores though

  3. Oh Shilpa…………this is definitely a tasty comfort food…….loved it a lot. My cousins loved the garlic seasoning a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Shilpa,
    I tried this today. I love moong dal – make it for my toddlers all the time. So easy to digest.
    This has to be my most favorite preparation yet. It was awesome!! Thank u soooo much.

  5. Where do you get the cocunut from? Is it dried flakes or do you get it fresh from the market? I have Walmart, trader joes and some indian stores around.

    1. I buy coconut from Indian store. You can buy either the frozen grated coconut or buy a fresh coconut and grate it(which is lot more work).

  6. My family of mostly non vegetarian eaters love moong dal… I’m always looking for different ways to make it… Will try this one for sure 🙂

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