Nov 6, 2009


Cooking for a single person can be a daunting task, specially when hubby dear is out of town and you have to cook for yourself. Most of us tend to skip our lunches/dinners and even worse, snack on some junk stuff. I keep looking for some simple and easy to make recipes so that I don’t have to starve when my husband is away or when I don’t have anything interesting to make. I borrowed this recipe from my sister and believe me it is finger licking good. You would require very basic ingredients for this dal that can be found in any kitchen. A very important point to note though…please do not make this dal if even a single item in the ingredient list is missing from your kitchen :P It would change the taste of the dal completely.

To make this dal you would require:

To boil the dal:

Moong dal : 1 cup or as per requirement
Water : double the amount of dal or 2 cups as in this case
Turmeric : ½ tsp
Salt : 1 tsp

For the tempering:

Garlic cloves : 5-6 pounded slightly but not too much
Jeera : ½ tsp
Green chillies : 3-4 slit in the centre or chopped roughly
Curry leaves : 6-8
Oil : 2-3 tbsp
Coriander or kothimeer: chopped (lots of it :P)

Boil the moong dal along with water, turmeric and salt in a pressure cooker for a little more time than a normal dal would need. The moong dal should become more or less to a soft consistency. After you remove the dal from the cooker beat it with a spoon so that the dal gets soft.

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. When they start spluttering add garlic, let it fry a bit till you get a nice aroma. Now add the curry leaves let them fry for a bit and add the dal.

Check the seasoning and add salt if required. Also you can add more water to get your required consistency.

Let the dal boil for a minute till all the flavours infuse with each other.

Just before switching off the stove add the coriander leaves and your dal is ready.

You can top off the dal with a teaspoon of ghee for that extra kick.

This dal is fab with pulkas, rotis, rice and even jeera rice :D


Use butter instead of oil for tempering and also for topping off simple. :D


  1. Right on point Aparna.We do starve ourselves to the point of fainting when we are all alone and then gobble up some junk food.The recipes seems appetising.Will give it a try and let you know how it came out.
    Do you and your hubby share a sweet tooth?If so try the banana you won't stop from a single serving.
    Sri Lakshmi.

  2. Thanks for getting back to me SriLakshmi. Do let me know how it has come up. As for the banana cake.. will definitely try and let you know :).