How to make Dhaba style LASOONI MOONG DAL TADKA( Cooked yellow lentil tempered with burnt garlic and herbs




Hello peeps!

Thank god it’s almost weekend.

Have you come across people being judgemental about you and others? They seem to be present everywhere, so irritating, ughh!

Whenever I speak to both of my sisters-in-law,  apart from talking about everything under the sun, we also end up talking about such irritating people and their nature. Categorizing people into various categories etc and what not!


Last month Saswati, my elder brother’s wife visited us here in Bahrain, and on top of all the fun and frolic, we also discussed this topic at length and decided not to fall into such people’s trap or even worse, be like one of them. But, then at the end of all these, I categorized myself as better late than never; so much for an irony.


I thought after a long hiatus from my regular blogging, this should be an apt post.

In a weeks time, we are heading out for a European break, so-called our annual family vacation. Yes, you got it right, this time not to India! As I had mentioned my family visited me last month, and we had an entire month of fun, giving me immense happiness and home-like feel. August in Bahrain is very hot, temperatures soaring high sometimes even more than 45 degrees. And so we planned for a European break this year. We would be visiting 5 countries Czech Republic, Germany 🇩🇪, Austria 🇦🇹, Hungary 🇭🇺, Slovakia 🇸🇰. Looking forward to an exciting trip and would definitely share my travel experiences with you all.


Now why I call this to be an apt post because, the Indian in me would be definitely craving for some dal and rice, I know………..hmmmm! But I am equally excited to try out the local food of each country.  Though more or less they are similar as per my usual research before traveling; but I believe this is how you get to know more about a place by experiencing its food and culture.

The fact is that, after returning home  from any trip, even from India,  my whole family enjoys this simple dal tadka with some Aloo Bhaji and rice( yellow lentil soup tempered with some cumin, burnt garlic and herbs). It seems to be my family’s all time favorite.



Very simple but tastes devine. All you have to do is cook the yellow moong dal( yellow lentil). Once cooked, temper with some cumin, asafetida, burnt garlic, fresh green chilies, curry leaves and garnish with some fresh coriander. Top it with some ghee( clarified butter) for that ultimate taste. My ultimate comfort food to enjoy with some steaming hot rice.


  • 1 cup washed yellow lentil ( yellow moong dal)
  • 3 large cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 chopped green chilies
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder ( Haldi powder)
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • A pinch of asafetida ( hing)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cups water ( you can adjust according to how thick or thin you want your dal)


  1. Pressure cook the dal with the required amount of water and salt upto 3 whistles. Remove from the heat and wait until the pressure releases. Once the pressure releases throw in the chopped ginger and chilies, and close the cooker again.
  2. To prepare the tempering, heat oil in a pan, and add cumin seeds, whole dry red chilies. Toss it till it changes its color slightly, then add the garlic, curry leaves, turmeric, chili powder and hing. Once all the spices and garlic releases the aroma. Take off from heat and pour it over the cooked dal.
  3. Now give the dal a final simmer and garnish with some fresh chopped coriander and ghee.

We’ve been eating really light and mostly vegetarian. Not only because of reason, that lot of eating happened in last month, but also because of the rise in the temperature. Everyone seemed to be enjoying eating light. There are plenty of light vegetarian recipes in my blog that you would certainly enjoy.


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