Moringa Dal
By :Subhadra Burugula
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Dal is prepared along with superfood Moringa leaves, to make a nutritious and delicious side dish for Rice and Roti. Spinach is an easy substitute for Moringa leaves.
Votes: 5
Rating: 4.8
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Side Dishes, Vegan & Vegetarian
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Lentils, Moringa Leaves
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4-5 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 bunch moringa/munagaku leaves
  • 1 cup yellow lentils (aka toor dal or pigeon peas)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 green chili slit into 4 pieces
  • 1 big tomato chopped (or tamarind paste 1 tbsp)
  • red chili powder to taste
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cups Water
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Side Dishes, Vegan & Vegetarian
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Lentils, Moringa Leaves
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4-5 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 bunch moringa/munagaku leaves
  • 1 cup yellow lentils (aka toor dal or pigeon peas)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 green chili slit into 4 pieces
  • 1 big tomato chopped (or tamarind paste 1 tbsp)
  • red chili powder to taste
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cups Water
Votes: 5
Rating: 4.8
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Instructions
  1. First wash and de stem the moringa leaves. Get rid of tough stems as they don't cook well. Also wash and soak dal in water(for 20 minutes or so).
  2. Put instant pot on saute mode high, then add oil and let it get hot.
  3. Add mustard and cumin seeds, curry leaves. Fry for a minute, then add Garlic, fry till golden.
  4. Add onion, green chili and saute till onion fry. Then add tomato and fry till mushy.
  5. Add moringa leaves and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, then add salt.
  6. Add water and dal and mix well. Turn off saute mode
  7. Put lid on, vent to sealing position, Do manual high for 15 to 20 minutes. Do natural release or quick release after 8 to 10 minutes warm mode, serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

Moringa leaves will make dal cook slow or little uncooked, so cooking long time will give best results around 15 to 20 mins.

Don't use stalks of moringa, as they are tough.

Easily remove the moringa leaves by running the stem in between two fingers, the leaves will come off easily.

Spinach can be substituted instead of Moringa leaves.

Yellow lentils can be replace with red lentils.

5 replies
  1. rrig
    rrig says:

    I switched moringa for spinach, added 1 tsp cayenne pepper to up the heat. Served it with chopped avacado to add creaminess and offset the heat.

  2. Kdombroski
    Kdombroski says:

    Very tasty and so simple! I used a 14 oz can of tomatoes in place of the tomato and I had Indian spice mixes on hand and so I used 2 Tbsp of Dal Curry mix and just mustard seeds and cumin powder. Off the hook!

  3. Mginsbourg
    Mginsbourg says:

    Delicious, simple and healthy recipee. The video is really helpful. Some minor points: Shopping list doesn’t mention coriander, which was shown in the video. Directions exclude turmeric which is listed on shopping list.

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