Matki dal is an easy and nutritious curry made with protein rich moth bean. A simple and easy curry in onion tomato base.

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Moth bean curry | Matki dal

You can make it for lunch and goes well with steamed rice or phulka/ Roti.

This was inspired by my green moong dal recipe on this site, and pairs well with this amazing bhindi do pyaza recipe.

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Ingredients

Here are the main ingredients needed for Matki dal

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Matki dal Ingredients
  • Moth bean sprouts/ or soaked moth beans
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Green chilli
  • Spice powders- Kashmiri chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala and coriander powder, amchoor powder
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Lemon juice

See recipe card for full list and quantities.

Sprouting matki

Though you can use just overnight soaked dal in this recipe, sprouting adds nutritional value.

  • Wash moth beans firstly & soak for 10 hours minimum.
  • After that, change the water and add little fresh, say ½ to ¾ cup.
  • Leave it overnight covered and it will absorb all the liquid and already started sprouting in the morning.
  • Just toss and keep covered. It will continue to grow evenly. Just make sure to sprinkle liquid if it gets dry.
  • Moth bean sprouts (Matki sprouts) ready!
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Instructions

Prep

  • Take moth beans and wash it firstly. Add enough water and soak overnight.
  • You can alternately sprout as I did for more nutritional value. (Refer above for sprouting process)
  • Drain water and keep the dal ready.
  1. Take a small pressure cooker. Add oil to it firstly followed by cumin, asafoetida, green chilli.
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2. Then add onion and saute till transparent.

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3. After that, add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.

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4. In goes tomato puree (just grind tomato cubes in blender), followed by spice powders.1 teaspoon Red chilli powder,½ teaspoon Cumin seeds powder,¼ teaspoon Turmeric,1 teaspoon Garam masala

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5. Mix well and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until oil separates and water content evaporates.

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It may splutter initially so, you can partially cover. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.

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6. Now add moth beans, 1 & ½ cups water, salt, amchoor powder, jaggery and mix well.

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7. Pressure cook for 2 whistles in medium flame. If sprouts 2 whistles is enough, if just overnight soaked bean, cook furthermore for total 4 whistles.

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8. Once pressure is released naturally, open the lid and mix, mash some dal for creamy texture.

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9. At this stage you can add cream for rich results, refer under ‘Variations’ for ideas.

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10. Simmer for 2 minutes and adjust water if needed. It won’t take much water, so add carefully.

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11. Switch off the flame, add lemon juice finally and mix well.

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Serve with steamed rice or phulka/ roti.

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Matki dal

Variations

  • Ginger garlic paste – you can add just finely chopped ginger or garlic any one of it.
  • No onion no garlic version – Skip onion, GG paste and use just finely chopped ginger
  • Deluxe – Add butter and cream just like you would add to dal makhani. If so, do it once you mash the dal and simmer. For this recipe, you can add ¼ cup cooking cream and 1 tablespoon of butter.

Storage

You can store the dal after cooling down for upto 3 days in fridge. Or freeze upto 3 months.

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Matki dal

Top tip

  • While cooking dal, use less water and once pressure cooked, mash it for a homogenous texture.
  • Sprouts gets cooked easily and gets digested easily as well. If just overnight soaked dal, give couple of more whistles.
  • Since matki dal can be bland easily, add lots of spices and tangy ingredients to balance the taste.

Recipe card

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Matki dal recipe, Moth bean curry

Matki dal is an easy and nutritious curry made with protein rich moth bean. A simple and easy curry in onion tomato base.

Cup measurements

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Moth beans Soaked overnight or sprouted (see above for method)
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 2 Tomato pureed
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 Green chilli finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Jaggery
  • Salt as needed
  • Spice powders
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon Amchoor powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds powder Roasted cumin seeds powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 3 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds

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Instructions

  • Take moth beans and wash it firstly. Add enough water and soak overnight.

  • You can alternately sprout as I did for more nutritional value. (Refer above for sprouting process)

  • Drain water and keep the dal ready.

  • Take a small pressure cooker, temper with cumin seeds.

  • After that, add asafoetida and chopped green chilli.

  • Then add onion and saute till transparent.

  • After that, add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.

  • In goes tomato puree, followed by spice powders.

    1 teaspoon Red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds powder, ¼ teaspoon Turmeric, 1 teaspoon Garam masala

  • Mix well and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until oil separates. It may splutter so, you can partially cover. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.

  • Now add moth beans, 1 & ½ cups water, salt, amchoor powder, jaggery and mix well.

  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles in medium flame. If sprouts 2 whistles is enough, if just overnight soaked bean, cook furthermore for total 4 whistles.

  • Once pressure is released naturally, open the lid and mix, mash some dal for creamy texture.

  • At this stage you can add cream for rich results, refer under ‘Variations’ for ideas.

  • Simmer for 2 minutes and adjust water if needed. It won’t take much water, so add carefully.

  • Switch off the flame, add lemon juice finally and mix well.

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Notes

  • While cooking dal, use less water and once pressure cooked, mash it for a homogenous texture. Sprouts gets cooked easily and gets digested easily as well. If just overnight soaked dal, give couple of more whistles.
  • Since matki dal can be bland easily, add lots of spices and tangy ingredients to balance the taste.
  • Use cooking cream and butter at end for creamy variation.

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