Moong Dal Soup

December 5th, 2010 filed under Dal (Lentils), Gluten Free, Soups and Salads, Vegan
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This healthful vegan soup is high in protein. Made with split Moong dal and flavored with hari cilantro chutney, moong dal soup is flavorful yet simple and easy to make.

serve 4.


For the Soup

  • 1 cup split yellow Moong dal, washed (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 3 cups water
  • Approximately 1/4 cup of Hari Cilantro Chutney

For the Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)

For the Garnish (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon ginger, finely sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Wash the dal several times, until the water becomes almost clear.
  2. In a medium pot combine the moong dal, turmeric, salt, and water. Cook over medium high heat until it starts to boil. Remove the frothy
    foam that accumulates on the surface as the dal cooks.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and cook 15 to 20 minutes, until completely cooked and a little mushy. Stir occasionally and add more
    water if needed. Turn off the heat.
  4. Puree the dal using a hand blender or regular blender. If needed, adjust the thickness of the dal by adding more boiled water. Mix well. The dal will thicken as it cools.
  5. Add hari cilantro chutney to suit your taste.  The chutney gives the soup a fresh green appearance and a tangy flavor.


  1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan. Add cumin seeds and wait until the seeds crack. Add asafetida and turn off the heat.
  2. Pour mixture over the cooked soup.

Garnish (optional)

  1. Combine the ginger, salt and lemon juice. Marinate for at least a half hour.
  2. Garnish with a few slices of the marinated ginger.
  3. Marinated ginger can be refrigerated up to a week.

Time-saving Tip:

To save time you may use a pressure cooker, as follows.

  1. In a pressure cooker add Moong dal, turmeric, salt and water.  Close the cooker.
  2. Cook over medium high heat until it starts to steam.  Lower the heat to medium and cook for 5 more minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and let the steam escape before you open the pressure cooker.
  4. Puree the dal using a hand blender or regular blender. If needed, adjust the dal to your desired consistency by adding more boiled water.  Mix well.
  5. Add “Hari Cilantro Chutney” according to your taste.  The chutney will give a fresh green look to the soup and have a tangy flavor.


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16 Responses to “Moong Dal Soup”

  1. kel says:

    Delish! I used ghee instead of oil for the seasoning. I made the hari chutney and it was delicious. I think I used a little more than I should have because the kids said it was too hot. I would recommend using about enough to taste for kiddo palates, then adding a little more hari chutney for mom and dad palates. The lemon-ginger garnish was wonderful and flavorful.

  2. says:

    Hello Auntie,
    Thank you very much for this recipe. My friend from Gujarat loves it. My cooking day is on Wednesday. I want to make this and freeze it so he can eat it on Sunday. Will it still taste OK? I also froze the Hari Cilantro but it’s been about a month since I had any of those, which are in the ice cube trays. Are those pieces too old to use now? How long can one freeze chutney and use it? When does it go bad? I’m tempted to use it for the soup again but I know fresh is best.
    Please let me know.
    It is delicious. We both enjoy your show and family stories.

  3. Emily says:

    Did you soak the dal overnight before washing it?
    Thank you for your easy to follow recipes and videos. Now I can impress my boyfriend from Nepal. :)


  4. Ashwin says:

    Thank you very much manjulaji.

  5. Roohi says:

    I want to learn to make Moong Masoor Dal. Some how i can’t get it perfect.

  6. poonam says:

    i like to see your all recipes .i just love it . i would like to have some more different recipes for my 1 year old baby . thank you very much for that . bye love u .

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