Cauliflower Moong Dal

 

Dal, Stew, Indian Dal, Dahl, Moong Dal, Cauliflower Soup, Fall night meals, Winter night stews, Vegetarian, Vegan

In this Cauliflower Moong Dal dish, Moong Dal lentils and Cauliflower make a beautiful and delicious pair. The warm spices added to the stew give you the right amount of kick and make it a perfect Fall night meal. A simply made soup or stew yet packed with protein and nutrients.

For me, comfort food is a bowl of Cauliflower Moong Dal, some steamed rice, Spicy Potatoes and some tomato chutney on the side. Bliss.

I’m sure, somewhere in the world, people do combine veggies with their lentils to make it a hearty and wholesome dish (and no, I’m not talking about Sambar or Dalma) What I know for a fact is, my Ma makes Cauliflower Moong Dal a lot and I have always loved it. Some dishes just scream comfort, no? Sometimes, she would add potatoes and shrimp to the dal and TRUST ME, that tastes simply divine. Yes yes, I owe another recipe on that. I tell you – lentils are so versatile -dress them up or dress them down but you will never be disappointed with the taste. This heirloom recipe purely belongs to my Ma. They say even if you follow the same steps for a particular recipe, yet you don’t get the same exact result. That’s true, because, it’s all about the touch and when you cook something with lots of love in your heart, the dish comes out to be extraordinary. That’s what my Ma does. Her love and affection for people reflect on her food.

Many people think that vegan food is boring and tasteless. If you think so, then you must try cooking Indian, Moroccan, and Middle Eastern cuisines which are packed with herbs & spices and they are anything but boring. Just one cup of cooked lentils contains a whopping 18 grams of protein! What else we want, right? And there are so many different types of lentils too. French lentils can take on just about any dressing and get made into all kinds of salads, red lentils are great in soups and stews, yellow lentils and moong dal are amazing in Indian dishes etc.

Dal, Stew, Indian Dal, Dahl, Moong Dal, Cauliflower Soup, Fall night meals, Winter night stewsIf you want to check out a few of my other Lentil Soup recipes here are the links:

Lentil Soup (Dal) with Green Mango and My ever favorite: Palak Dal (Spinach Lentil Soup)

Before making this dish, I had to call my Ma and ask her the exact steps. Cauliflower Moong Dal is a no-fuss recipe and pretty easy to make. Feel free to play around with the spices – adding in more or removing ones you may not particularly like until you find a combination that suits your taste buds.

Dal, Stew, Indian Dal, Dahl, Moong Dal, Cauliflower Soup, Fall night meals, Winter night stews, Vegetarian, Vegan

Cauliflower_Moong_Dal4INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Moong Dal (You can use other types of lentils too)
  • 1 small Cauliflower washed and cut into florets
  • 1 TBSP Turmeric
  • Cumin powder 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies  3 or 4
  • Minced ginger 1 tsp
  • Onion 1 small
  • Salt as per to your taste
  • Tomatoes 2 medium sized
  • Chopped cilantro 1 Tbsp
  • Oil 4 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp

METHOD:

  • Dry roast the moong dal for few minutes to get a nice aroma. Then soak the dal in water for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Now wash the dal and put in a saucepan. Add around 4 cups of water, salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder and the whole green chili to the dal.
  • Let the dal to cook for around 15-20 minutes or until the dal becomes just soft.
  • Now heat 3 Tbs oil or ghee in another pan. Put the onion in the oil and fry them until become soft. Then add the ginger, tomato and stir them to mix. (If it is needed add little water so that your masala do not burn).
  • Stir the masala until the oil starts to separate from the masala. Then add the cauliflower in the pan and stir carefully to coat all the florets with the masala.
  • Then carefully pour the cooked dal in the pan, give a stir and cover the pan; and let it cook for around another 15-20 minutes or until the cauliflower becomes soft.

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76 thoughts on “Cauliflower Moong Dal

  1. WOW, that is a very clever and delicious recipe. I did not even imagine Cauliflower and Moong Dal can go together. So going to cook it this week!

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  2. I try to eat vegan whenever possible and I love finding new things to try! There is nothing boring about this recipe and I bet it tastes amazing!
    Kyla
    Wanderlustkyla.com

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  3. This looks like a great recipe, I have not tried this out but I like the ingredients and that you can add different great spices to it without ruining the dish. I also love that it is easy to make.

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  4. One of my best friends is from Afghanistan and she is always cooking traditional meals for me and now I know I can totally prepare this meal for her. I’m going to surprise her and cook this because it seems totally simple and looks amazing!

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  5. This dish looks absolutely amazing! I am always looking for new ways to use lentils as I grew up in a family that just didn’t eat them and I don’t know very many recipes for them. I have bookmarked your site, thank you!

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  6. This looks delicious! I haven’t tried cooking with lentils in several years because I don’t know what to do with them. I think my husband would love this, though, so maybe I’ll finally give them a try.

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  7. I am pinning this right now! I love Dal and I was a vegetarian for years. I always found great ways to make things flavorful, I just love the spices that you are using in this dish. So.Good.

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  8. I have no idea what moong dal is, but this looks really good. Cauliflower is such a yummy addition to a good soup. Does dal just mean that it is a lentil soup? Now I’m curious, and I think I’m going to have to look it up!

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  9. Unfortunately dhal is one of those foods that turns my tummy. The last time I had it was trekking in Nepal and maybe I was already a bit unwell, but now I associate it with that feeling!!

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  10. I think that’s a sweet dedication to your Ma. There’s no better cook than our mothers. I’m sure this soup smells and tastes amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

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