Moong dal tiffin sambar

Moong dal a versatile cooking ingredient and we depend on moong dal recipes for meals. Moong dal is high in protein. Organic green gram dal is dry roasted, broken ( can use mixer jar), winnowed and pressure cooked for making this sambar. Processing moong dal is given in detail in moong dal mash post in our blog. You may have a look at the steps involved in preparing the dal. You cannot get the perfect taste and consistency with readily available broken green gram dal / skinless moong dal in markets. This vegetarian moong dal sambar calls for simple ingredients and is very easy to prepare. It pairs well with idli or dosa. Entire family love this moong dal sambar with egg dosa. Do try and enjoy this healthy dish with your family !

⏲️PREP TIME :15 minutes

⏲️COOK TIME : 20 minutes

🍲CUISINE : South Indian

🥘COURSE : Side dish

🍴YIELD : 6 servings


Moong dal – 85 gm (processed)

Shallots – 1handful ( 8 no.)

Country tomato – 1 no.

Potato – 2 no.

Red chillies – 2 no.

Curry leaves a sprig

Sambar powder – 1 tsp

Grated coconut – 2tsp

Water – 5 glasses

Salt as required

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Sesame oil – 1 & 1/2tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cinnamon – 2& 1/2 inches

Cloves – 8 no.

To temper :

To saute :

In a pressure cooker take moong dal,2 glasses of water and turmeric powder.

Peel of the potatoes skin and cut into half and add it to the pressure cooker.

Pressure cook till 3 whistles.

Remove the cooked potatoes and cut into cubes.

Mash the cooked dal using wooden masher.

Heat oil in a kadai, temper using above mentioned items.

Saute shallots then tomatoes till mushy.

Now add the cooked and mashed dal.

Add a tsp of sambar powder, salt, 2 glasses of water.

Once it is boiled, add the chopped potatoes.

Let it boil well and finally add grated coconut.

Moong dal sambar is ready to serve with dosa or idli.


You may add carrots instead of potatoes.

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