Moong Dal Kadhi

Moong Dal Kadhi is quite similar to Besan Kadhi in the preparation yet tastes different. It is been prepared in my family from ages. Instead of besan we use soaked moong dal. The recipe is simple. You can even avoid garlic and onion if you wish.

Course: Main Course

Servings: 3-4

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 Mins, Soaking – 4 hours, Cooking – 40 Mins, Total – 5 hours approx


  1. Moong Dal – 1/2 cup (soaked for 4 to 5 hours)
  2. Sour Curd or Curd – 1 cup
  3. Onion – 1 small (finely chopped) (optional)
  4. Garlic – 2 cloves (finely chopped) (optional)
  5. Ginger – 1 inch (optional)
  6. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  7. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp (1/2 tsp for kadhi and 1/2 tsp for tempering)
  8. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  9. Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 tsp
  10. Yellow Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  11. Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
  12. Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  13. Mustard oil – 2 tbsp (you can also use olive oil or ghee)
  14. Oil – for frying the pakoras
  15. Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tsp
  16. Water – 4 – 5 cups
  17. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML

How to make Moong Dal Kadhi:

  1. Take a grinding jar. Add soaked moong dal, cumin seeds, ginger (optional) and asafoetida
  2. Grind to make a paste. Add water if required and make a smooth batter. Do not add too much water
  3. Take a bowl and transfer the batter
  4. Now whisk the batter with a spoon or a whisk in one direction to make it fluffy. It’ll take around 3-4 mins
  5. Now divide the batter in two equal parts – one for pakoras and other for kadhi
  6. Take one portion of the batter in a big bowl. Add curd. Whisk it with a spoon or a whisk until smooth
  7. Add spices – coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder (1/2 tsp), garam masala powder and salt. Mix well
  8. Add 4 cups of water and mix. Keep aside
  9. Heat mustard oil in a kadai or a pan. Let it smoke for a minute. Then turn the flame to medium and add a pinch of salt, it helps in removing the mustard oil aroma
  10. Add mustard seeds. Let it splutter
  11. Add garlic and onions. Saute till onions are golden brown (this step is optional if you do not wish to use garlic or onion)
  12. Add the kadhi mix to the kadai. Turn the flame to high
  13. Continuously stir it till comes to boil. It is important to stir
  14. After the kadhi comes to boil turn the flame to low and cook for 20 mins. Stirring occasionally
  15. Meanwhile take another bowl and add the remaining portion of the batter. Add salt. Mix well. Keep Aside
  16. Heat oil in another kadai or a pan. Once the oil is hot, drop the batter in the oil with a help of a spoon or your hand
  17. Fry till light golden and turn. Similarly fry the other side
  18. Drain them on a kitchen paper towel. Similarly fry the rest of pakoras. Keep aside
  19. Once kadhi is cooked for 20 mins, add pakoras and cook for another 10 mins on low flame. Add more water at this stage if kadhi looks thick or as you want the desired consistency
  20. Turn off the flame
  21. Heat ghee in a ladle or a small pan on low flame
  22. Add red chilli powder (remaining 1/2 tsp) and stir
  23. Immediately pour it on the kadhi and stir
  24. Your Kadhi is ready to serve
  25. Serve hot with Jeera Rice or phulkas.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. lovely recipe…Kadhi is main part of our rajasthani cuisine but I have never made moong daal kadhai..Will give it a try soon..Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I love Rajasthani food.. thank you!!! Definitely try this one 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I will for sure try this kadhi..


  2. Kadhi Chawal is sheer comfort food & this is superb!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Indeed.. thank you 😊

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  3. mistimaan says:

    What a great recipe…….love to taste it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you 🙂 definitely try!!!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. blondieaka says:

    A wonderful recipe…Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you!!! Do try 🙂🙂


  5. Sneha Modi says:

    One of my favorite recipes

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yeah.. mine too.. thank you!!!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Lovely recipe. Would love to try this soon.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you!!! Do try 🙂

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