Moong Dal Sambar or Pasi Paruppu Sambar is something that I remember Amma always making during our childhood. Somehow this mild concoction of sambar used to feature a lot on our table some years back. Maybe after my marriage or few years later, I see that we have almost stopped making this variety for Idly or any of the breakfast dishes, as it's mostly less spicy. But the goodness of Moong dal and the fact that it's not so spicy makes it a great dish for kids.
I must confess I have not made this combination in years. So when I finally remembered to make this, it was mostly to avoid the confusion I have on what to make for the afternoon tiffin that hubby dear now takes instead of meals. So I was glad that this sambar ended up being a great dish for kids also.
Plus the fact that making this sambar is like 10 - 15 minutes makes it a super duper dish for those rush hours. Split Yellow Moong dals cooks in 1 whistle in pressure cooker, takes about 10 minutes in microwave. However as I said pressure cooker is the best bet when it comes to cooking our dried lentils.
I never soak any of my lentils, be it Toor dal or Moong dal. So this went directly into the cooker.
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Moong Dal Sambar |Payatham Paruppu Sambar | Pesara pappu Sambar
For pressure cooking
Split Yellow Moong Dal - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 2 big
Turmeric powder a pinch
Oil few drops
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 2 cups
For Seasoning / Talimpu
Onions - 1 small
Mustard Seeds, Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Dry Red Chilis - 2 medium
Curry leaves few
Oil - 1 tsp
How to make Moong dal Sambar:
Wash and pressure cook the moong dal with chopped tomatoes and sambar powder for 1 whitle. Keep aside for the pressure to fall down.
Heat a pan with oil, add mustard seeds, urad dal. When mustard pops, add onions and saute onions, curry leaves, dried red chilies till done,
Then pour the cooked dal to the pan, take care to ensure it doesn't spill over as you pour the hot dal into the pan, add salt and required water, if you want a think sambar. Bring it to boil, add coriander leaves.
This goes best with Idlis and makes a great dish for toddlers
I want to send this for the Kid's Delight Party
as part of the Easy Tiffin Dishes