This dal is made regularly in our household and we call it, in Telugu Nimmakaaya (Lemon) Pappu (Dal/Lentils). This tangy, uplifting dal is something that I pair with plain white rice. The lemony tang of the dal balances beautifully with the rice, making it a meal which makes the tummy sing a happy song 🎵🤩 Requiring less than 10 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes, this dal is the definition of simple, comforting nutrition! 😍
❂ Moong Lentils - 1 ¼ cup (150g )
❂ Green chillies - 2; slit lengthwise
❂ Salt - as per taste
❂ Turmeric - ½ teaspoon
❂ Lemon Juice - 2 tablespoons (30 ml)
❂ Water - 1 litre (approximately)
❂ Oil - 1 teaspoon
❂ Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
❂ Mustard seeds - ½ teaspoon
❂ Asafoestida - a pinch
1️⃣ Roast the dal in, preferably, a cast iron pan on medium heat till aromatic.
2️⃣ Boil with 750 ml of water. While boiling the dal a scummy, white froth will float on top. Remove that with the help of a ladle and discard.
3️⃣ When the dal is nearly cooked, add the salt, turmeric, green chillies and remaining (approx 250 ml) of water.
4️⃣ In the meantime, heat oil in a pan for tempering. Add the ingredients mentioned under "for tempering" - one by one, starting with cumin seeds and add to the dal.
5️⃣ When the dal is cooked soft (but not mushy), turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
More about this recipe:
This recipe is the ultimate comfort food! It is Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Nuts Free. This dal can be part of first (weaning foods) for a child as young as 8 months. As it is easy on the gut, it is a great comfort food for when you are feeling a bit under the weather.
Approximate Nutritive Values
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2.6g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 0.4g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 31.6g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 6.3g||22%|
|Total Sugars 2.6g|
|Vitamin D 0mcg||0%|