July 11, 2012

Carrot - Moong dal Stir fry

I reckon given a chance,I would crown moong dal (or split yellow gram) the king of my kitchen. Be it Seekh kebabs , stuffed bunsKheerhalwaPongalLadooPesarattu - this lentil is soo versatile that it befits an ode sung to its praises. I totally adore this dal and today it came about so beautifully along with carrots for a simple but heavenly stir fry. 

Adapted from Mireille’s recipe (who is also incidentally my Blog Hop partner this month) where she teamed carrots with paneer, I used this lentil for a yummy curry that came together in 15 mins. Mireille's blog is extremely well organised and I found an eclectic and interesting mix of Indian and World cuisine across courses and she has been a wonderful co-blogger through our Blogging Marathon days too ! 

It helped that I had some par boiled moong on hand to create this, else you can soak the dal for 20 – 25 mins to make this too. Simple but hearty, and perfect - this gingery lemony stir fry pairs amazingly well with the Jeera Milagu Rasam for dinner.

Prep time – 15 mins
Cook time – 10 mins
Serves – 2
Difficulty level – Easy
Serving suggestions : Rasam + rice

  • Carrots – 3 medium – chopped as per your preference ( I like them finely chopped)
  • Moong Dal / stir fry – ¼ cup – soaked for ½ hour and boiled al dente
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Ginger grated – ½ tsp
  • Red chillies (broken) – 1 or 2 (you can also replace with low spice Serrano peppers)
  • Turmeric – a pinch
  • Coriander and curry leaves – a few
  • Lemon juice – ½ TBSP (for garnish)

1) Wash, peel and dice carrots. Steam them for 10 mins (or blanch them). Cook moong dal till 90% done, but not mushy.
2) In a pan, heat oil. Splutter mustard, curry leaves, red chillies.
3) Add ginger,turmeric, blanched carrots, salt and moong dal. Stir for 3 – 4 mins
4) Switch off flame. Finish with coriander leaves and lemon juice.
5) Serve hot.

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  1. Wat a lovely and super inviting stir fry, simply delicious.

  2. so yummy and delicious recipe

  3. Loved this healthy and delicious combo..looks so colourful and easy to make..

  4. Colourful and healthy stir fry!!!!!

  5. yummy and healthy stir fry...happy to follow u..do visit my space in your free time..
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

  6. That looks great Kalyani..the colors look so beautiful...complementing ...each other..grt!

  7. Love this stir fry.. easy and so healthy!

  8. nice variation...will hve to try it!!

  9. very vibrant looking dish.. nice one

  10. Beautiful color and perfect coice with milagurasam yummm.

  11. what a lovely colorful plate...yummy

  12. Lovely color and nice dish too

  13. Looks very colourful and inviting...

  14. Our favorite carrot palya at home, looks lovely.

  15. nice pics kalyani; looks well done

  16. Simple yet delicious colorful stir fry...

  17. good one. very colorful and comes in handy when I have to cook just for the kids :)

  18. How lovely! Love the colours, lovely photo as well

  19. The colour has come out beautifully .. love the orange and black combo here..

  20. Easy peasy yet healthy recipe Kal.. though i add coconut to this version

  21. Wow! this looks really colorful and healthy.


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