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Indian Style Green Moong Sprouts Dal Fry

This is an Indian style rustic lentil curry made with green moong sprouts & aromatic spices! A tasty Dal-Fry recipe that can be enjoyed everyday with rice.
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup moong dal
  • ½ cup masoor dal
  • 1 cup moong sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1-2 bay leaf
  • 1 onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Dal Masala
  • salt as needed
  • sliced onions for garnish
  • handful of chopped cilantro for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice optional


  • Soak moong dal and masoor dal in water for 30 minutes. Boil the soaked lentils in a pressure cooker or an Instant Pot in salt + turmeric water. You can use uncooked or cooked moong sprouts in the recipe. If using raw, ensure that they have sprouted and then boil the moong along with the other lentils. Since I had cooked moong sprouts, I skipped this step. Once they are cooked, proceed with the next step. Heat oil or ghee (if you are not vegan) in a pan. Temper cumin seeds and once they crackle, add chopped cilantro, curry leaves and bay leaf. Fry this for 45 seconds and then add chopped onions, red or green jalapeno, minced garlic and crushed ginger. Saute all of this till the onions turn translucent. Then add chopped tomatoes along with salt. Cook it till the tomatoes are soft and pulpy. Then add the sprouts, cooked lentils to the pan along with water and dal masala. Add more water if you need to. Mix it well and bring it to a boil. Since everything is already cooked, this should not take long. Once done, take it off the flame and garnish it with sliced onions and chopped cilantro. Indian Style Green Moong Sprouts Dal Fry is ready! Serve it as a soup or as a side to rice.


In case you don't have dal masala, you can add garam masala or any curry powder. But the dal masala will enhance the flavor the best. 
You can squeeze lemon juice as the final step before serving. 
You can prepare this recipe using any available lentils.