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Bhaja Muger Dal Recipe - Bengali Style Moong Dal

Bhaja Muger dal or Bengali style Moong dal with stepwise photos.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Bengali, Indian
Servings 4


  • Yellow Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Peas - 1/4 cup cooked
  • Green chilies - 2
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Fresh coconut - 1 tbsp chopped
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 to 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ghee - 3 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander leaves - for garnish


  • Heat a pan and dry roast yellow moong dal till it becomes golden in color and the aroma arises.
  • Bring 2 cups water in a sauce pan to a boil. Add roasted moong dal and cook over low flame till it gets completely cooked. It should take 7-10 mins.
  • Meanwhile heat a pan with mustard oil. Add cumin seeds and let it sizzles.
  • Add chopped green chilies, grated ginger, red chili powder, turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Immediately add cooked dal, peas, salt, mix well and cook over low flame for 3 to 5 mins.
  • Heat a tempering pan with ghee, add finely chopped fresh coconut pieces and roast till they become light brown in color.
  • Transfer this ghee roasted coconut pieces to the simmering dal, mix well and switch off stove.
  • Close the pan with a lid and let it rest for 2 more mins for the aroma to get infused with the dal.
  • Garnish this bhaja muger dal with coriander leaves and serve with hot rice.