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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Zayekedar Dal - Split Moong and Split Urad

What do split Moong dal and Split Urad dal have in common...Yeah, you got it they are both split. So I thought why not combine them both and let them be happy. I was trying to play matchmaker to the dals(lentils). Not that there's anything wrong with being Split or Single. The result was amazing, you get one Zayekedar Dal.

Ingredients :
  • 3/4 cup Split Moong Dal (with the green husk/Chilka)
  • 3/4 cup Split Urad Dal (with the black husk/Chilka)
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1" piece of ginger chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin-cilantro powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • salt to taste
  • Oil
**You could use 2-3 small green chillies slit lengthwise instead of Jalapeno pepper.

Preparation :
  1. Wash the lentils/dal and add 3-4 cups of water , turmeric powder, chopped ginger and salt. Pressure cook until cooked.
  2. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan/kadai . Add the cumin seeds, when they splutter add hing(asafoetida). Immediately add the chopped onion and garlic. Saute till they are golden brown. Add the chopped tomatoes and Pepper.Fry for about 3-4 minutes until the oil leaves the masala(or until the tomatoes are well blended). Add red chilli powder, cumin-cilantro powder. Mix well. Add the boiled dal . Bring it to a boil and let it simmer on slow flame for 2-3 minutes .
  3. Your Zayekedar dal is ready to serve. Serve with rice or any Indian bread of your choice. Garnish it with fresh Cilantro leaves and serve it along with a lemon/lime wedge.

****This dal does have a tendency to thicken, so add more water depending on whether you are going to serve with Rice or Indian bread.


  1. healthy and delicious, dear....looks so tempting!

  2. Simple and really delicious dal...i would have had it anyday,love dal and rice combo anytime...

  3. Nutritious and protein packed dish...looks tremendous..

  4. The dals look healthy and appetising.

  5. Simply, healthy and delicious Daal... perfect with rice:)

  6. Hi Dolly u have an award waiting for u in my blog. Please collect it.

  7. WOW!!! Asli zaayke bhaarat ke.... Truly yummy!!! I love that color of the dal.... It looks very creamy & tempts me to taste it with rotis.... I always wanted to prepare this... now that I have your secret I will try it too.... I have bookmarked it.....


  8. This is really delicious and healthy!

  9. Never tried this combo Dolly...nice recipe,would lov to try...

  10. Dolly,
    Excellent combi...very nutritious too.

  11. This combo is new to me..looks delectable.Thanks for sharing this simple and healthy daal :-)

  12. Thats indeed Zaykedaar dal...nutrition packed..

  13. Looks delicious and a very comfort meal indeed! Nice idea to mix these two split daals.

  14. New combo to me dolly..Looks & sounds great..will give a try and perfect with roti..:)Thanks for sharing

  15. Interesting combination of dals. Pic has come out more than perfect. Quite healthy too. Would definitely give a try and thanks for the recipe.