Moong dal or mung bean is also known in different terms like green gram, mung dal, maash, moong, monggo, or munggo. It is another variety of lentils that is widely used in Asian and Indian cuisine. They are a delicious, rich, and nutritious addition to your diet. They are used in savoury dishes like curries, soups, and sometimes even desserts.
There are different types of moong dal apart from other lentil varieties - these are the specific variations of moong dal alone which includes Opal-AU mungbean, Onyx-AU black gram, Jade-AU mungbean, Crystal mungbean, Celera II-AU mungbean, Satin II mungbean, and Regur black gram.
Mung beans or moong dal is a warm-season crop, like corns, cucumbers, tomato, watermelon, zucchini, and peppers to name a few. It can either be grown indoor or outdoor and would take approximately 90 to 120 days to reach maturity.
This is a versatile ingredient that you can safely store in your pantry. It has a long shelf life as long as it is properly stored in dry places. If you are planning to buy moong dal for a recipe that you’ll be cooking at home, we recommend TRS Moong Dal (or TRS mung dal) – now available at Red Rickshaw. Place an order then check out, and have it delivered to your doorstep today!
A 100-gram serving of moong dal contains:
- Calories: 347
- Total Fat: 1.2 grams
- (0.3 grams saturated, 0.4 grams polyunsaturated, 0.2 grams monounsaturated)
- Cholesterol: 0 grams
- Sodium: 15 mg.
- Potassium: 1, 246 mg.
- Total Carbohydrate: 63 grams (Dietary Fibre: 16 grams, Sugar: 7 grams)
- Protein: 24 grams
This product also contains: Vitamin A, B-6, and C, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium
Must-try Recipes with Moong Dal
Are you familiar with Indian cuisine? Moong dal is one of their staple ingredients, especially used in some of their signature dishes. Here’s a moong dal recipe that you can easily prepare at home for your family.
Buttery Moong Dal with Garlic and Cumin
- 1 cup of TRS Moong Dal (soaked for 2 hours – rinsed and drained)
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 green chilli, slit (lengthwise)
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 large-size shallot, diced
- Garam masala or Red chilli powder, optional
- In a large soup pot, (medium heat) boil 7 cups of water and put the TRS Moong Dal, then season with salt and turmeric. Stir gently.
- Turn down the heat to a low setting, and cover the pot (leave the lid slightly ajar). Cook the dal for about 45 minutes. Check frequently; remove the foam residue as it cooks. Once the softness of the moong dal is in line with your preference, taste again and add salt if needed.
- You will know that it is cooked once the sauce has thickened. You may adjust to your liking by adding water gradually. Once cooked, set aside.
- In a separate pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add cumin, chilli, and garlic. Saute for 1 minute or until the garlic turns golden brown, add the shallots and cook until they soften. Cook for another minute and turn off the heat.
- Transfer the combined ingredients to the soup pot and stir well. Make sure to integrate the cooked dal with all the ingredients.
- Transfer to a serving bowl, top with garam masala or chilli powder.
- Serve with freshly cooked basmati rice for a complete experience. Enjoy!
Other moong dal recipes:
- Punjabi Sabut Moong Dal
- Green Moong Dal Handvo
- Savoury Moong Dal Rice Crepes (Dosa or Cheela)
- Ayurvedic Moong Dal Khichadi
- Mung Bean and Coconut Curry