Moong-Dal (Yellow Split Mung Dal) Parathas


Lentils, legumes and green leafy vegetables are the best source of proteins in a vegetarian diet, and these Moong Dal Parathas are my recent favorites to relish the goodness of legumes, plus make good use of my leftover Dal! Parathas(flat breads) are an interesting part of Indian cooking because they come in a wide variety, are nutritious, tasty and can be eaten with curries, raita, pickles, chutneys or even a sweet dessert!! And in case you are wondering from where to bring the lefover dal, don't sweat, for I've included the recipe below for making dal parathas from scratch. You don't need to have any leftover dal, but if you do, these parathas are a perfect way to make good use of it!!

Ingredients
5 cups plain wheat flour
3 cups moong dal - soaked for an hour (this is a small yellow-colored split dal, not the green whole mung)
1/2 onion -finely chopped
1/2 capsicum - finely chopped
1 tomato - finely chopped
3 green chillies - finely chopped
2 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp each of cumin seeds, turmeric powder, red chilly powder,garam masala
salt and lemon juice - to taste
3 tbsp - chopped coriander
water - to knead the flour
oil/butter to cook parathas

Method
Pressure cook the moong dal with 4 cups water so that it is entirely mashed. Now take a pan and add some ghee to it. Add the cumin seeds and green chillies, and when the seeds start spluttering, add the onions and capsicums and saute them till well-cooked.Next add the tomatoes and all the spices. Add the salt and lemon juice according to your taste and cook for 5-7 mins. Add the cooked dal and mash it well. Add one cup of water, mix everything together and once it boils a little, remove from flame and keep aside.

Now take the wheat flour, add 2 tbsp salt to it, then add the dal mixture and use hot water to knead into a pliable dough (just like any other parathas)
Cover the dough with a lid or damp cloth and leave like this for 8-10 mins. Then separate the dough into small portions and roll each on a flat surface using a rolling-pin into a round-shaped paratha. Use less force while rolling and keep turning the paratha in a circular way while applying even pressure on the edges.

Take a pan and cook the paratha with oil or butter on medium heat. Flip around to cook on both sides till well-done. Do not let it get burnt:)

Enjoy this healthy and filling mung-dal parathas with a curry of your choice! Suggestions?? How about Chatpate Chhole or Akbari Paneer??


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22 comments :

Cynthia said...

In the Caribbean we make a roti called dhal puri where the dal is boiled, ground and seasoned with garlic, chilies, salt and cumin. The peas is then stuffed into a dough, rolled and cooked on a tawa.

I like the idea of your moong-dal parathas and will definitely try it.

Jeena said...

Hey Mansi I love this recipe! Do you have to use mung beans or can you use any other pulse? Great picture with the parathas all stacked up! Yum! :)

Mansi Desai said...

Thanks Cynthia, let me know how they turn out:)

Jeena, I think you got confused between whole mung beans(green) and mung dal, which is very tiny split yellow dal. you'll find it in an indian grocery store. but u can use any other dal too, like tuvar or chana dal to make these parathas!

Suganya said...

Not sure whether i can resist the filling. I will eat it as such.

Homesick Texan said...

This looks delicious. If you don't have access to ghee, would butter be an adequate substitute?

Rajitha said...

actually i am bored explaining to people that vegetarians get a healthy dose of proteins too if we plan properly... those paranthas are so delicious, i love them...

Anonymous said...

Mung dal parathas look great Mansi. You are right - a good intake of protein can come from a variety of sources not just meat. Btw is that a Maharashtrian dish? Are you from the region?

Mansi Desai said...

Homesick Texan - Butter would be perfectly fine!! welcome to my site:) and let me know how it turns out!

Tee said...

This is a such a creative and tasty way to use leftover dal! Will try this for sure. :)
this can be a breakfast item right, if so, why don't you send it for WBB to Nandita of Saffron trail...just a suggestion. :)

Mansi Desai said...

Anonymous- I'd like to call you by your name next time:)...I'm a gujarati, and I don't know the origin of this dish; I just came up with this idea on an impulse to use my leftover dal:)

Mansi Desai said...

Tee, I'm thinking of doing just that:), unless I come up with something else...I was just not sure whether Nandita would take this as a leftover recipe!! but I'll tell her you asked me to send it, so I did...hehehe:D

Latha Narasimhan said...

Nice parathas Mansi! Very tempting picture too! You can send recipe already published also for the event!

Redchillies said...

Great idea Mansi. I was actually looking for ideas using daal for my toddler. Can this be made by stuffing the daal in the paratha like Aloo paratha?

Mansi Desai said...

RedChillies (anything to do with shah rukh khan's company??:))

You could try to use this as a filling, but in that case, do not add water at all to the stuffing and use a bigger ball to roll the paratha. It might be a bit difficult to roll out the parathas with this filling, so if u have an option, add them to the dough only.

bhags said...

I often make these parathas from the left over dal from the last night....nice variation for the everyday roti....

Padma said...

Wow Manasi what a pile of parathas...simply loved the presentation and now I am feeling hungry....

Preeti said...

Hey Mansi,

I tried the parathas today! We are garlic lovers :) so added some to the Moong Dal, it came out very well...

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe..

Bhawana said...

Hi Mansi,

yesterday I prepared this mung dal paratha. Usually my mother prepare this with leftover dals.
I made this by using your given method and I liked them so much. Me and my husband enjoyed having them in dinner.

Though it took a lot of time but we liked it. Very tasty :).

Thanks n Keep Posting.

Julia said...

Yum, you are right, legumes can be prepared in so many different ways! I'll have to try this one, mung dahl is my favourite.

Swati Raman Garg said...

perfect post.. u represented all beggies for this clarification .. i agree to u completely.. i love moond dal parathas too.. ok i know ia mite b sounding monotonous... i love prathas i love parathas n so on... :)

Anonymous said...

lovely! I was searching for some filling snack for my daughter and i guess this one fits well.
Loved your blog. I'm impressed you can manage so many things including fulltime job.
-Swarupa

Mansi Desai said...

thanks ppl!

swarupa, i try, and as food is my pasiion, I love maintaining this blog! but yeah, it does get a bit tiring at times, but thanks to my wonderful readers, I keep getting encouraged!:)

hope your daughter enjoys the parathas!