Golden Mung Dal Soup
KHARA MOONG DAL
-Recipe from Yamuna mataji
This is a variation of the simple dal soup, using the same ingredients
as the previous recipe, but a different seasoning procedure changes the
flavor considerably. The contrast between these recipes shows the
possibilities of using different procedures to produce varieties of
flavors. This dish will go well in any lunch menu, such as a rice,
salad and vegetable of your choice.
Preparation time (after assembling ingredients): 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 ¼ hours or 25 minutes in a pressure cooker
2/3 cup (145 g) split moong dal, without skins
6 ½ cups (1.5 liters) water (5 ½ cups/1.3 liters if pressure- cooked)
½ teaspoon (2 ml) turmeric
2 table spoons (30 ml) ghee or vegetable oil
½ table spoon (7 ml) coriander seeds
½ table spoon (7 ml) cumin seeds
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
2 teaspoons (10 ml) scraped, finely shredded or minced fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon (5 ml) minced seeded hot green chilli (or as desired)
2 table spoons (30 ml) minced fresh parsley or coarsely chopped coriander.
1. Sort, wash and drain the split mung beans as explained on page 21.
Place the mung beans, water, turmeric and a dab of the ghee or
oil in a heavy 3-quar/liter nonstick saucepan and, stirring
occasionally, bring to full boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to
moderately low, cover with a tight-fitting lid and boil gently for 1
hour or until the dal is soft and fully cooked. For pressure cooking,
combine the ingredients in a 6-quart/liter pressure cooker, cover and
cook for 25 minutes under pressure. Remove from the heat and let the
pressure drop by itself.
3. Meanwhile, slowly
dry-roast the coriander and cumin seeds in a heavy iron frying pan for
about 8 minutes. Remove and coarsely crush with a mortar and pestle,
kitchen mallet or rolling pin.
4. Off the heat,
uncover the dal and add the salt and roasted spices. Beat with a wire
whisk or rotary beater until the dal soup is creamy smooth.
Heat the ghee or oil in a small saucepan over moderately high
heat. When it is hot, toss in the ginger root and green chilli. Fry
until golden brown, then pour into the soup. Cover immediately and let
the seasoning soak into the hot dal for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle in the
minced herb, stir and serve.