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Crunchy Moong Dal in a bowl placed over a plate

Crunchy Moong Dal Snack

Finally a crispy homemade snack that tastes better than store bought snacks! This crunchy Moong Dal snack is made in a microwave with just 4 ingredients and that too with a cooking time of just 7 minutes!
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 200kcal


  • microwave



  • Soak moong dal with baking soda for at least 2 hours.
  • Drain the water and dry the dal completely using a kitchen towel. Spread on a plate and let it dry for 45 minutes to one hour.
  • Place the dried dal in a microwave-safe flat dish (I used a flat glass dish). Add oil and mix it well. Microwave it on high for 8-10 minutes.
  • The moong dal will get crunchy after 8 minutes. (Continue cooking it in the microwave till it gets crispy. Every microwave is different so monitor the cooking time)
  • Now add salt, chilly powder, and turmeric powder to it.
  • Mix it well. Allow it cool down completely and then transfer to an airtight container.


Soak the lentils in water that is at room temperature. It's important to dry the moong dal as much as possible. Pat them with a kitchen towel to soak the excess water.
Drying the moong dal so it has no moisture content is an important step in this recipe. It helps to give a nice crunchy texture moong dal. You can even leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Avoid crowding the moong dal and spread it around in a single layer. Keep checking the lentils after every minute. If lumps are being formed, then break and mix them.
Keep stirring the dal at regular intervals to avoid the moong dal getting burned. When the lentils change color and become crisp, stop the microwave.
Every microwave is different. The timings could vary. Check the contents every minute. Add the seasonings as per your taste preference. Make in small batches. 
You can also roast it in the oven/conventional oven in a similar way or you can deep fry them in hot oil. If frying, use a net ladle to fry. 
If frying, make sure you remove the dal when it's still crisp and the color is light golden. It should not burn. I have not tried it in the Air Fryer yet. But it should work.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.41g | Protein: 13.09g | Fat: 2.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.61g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.28g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 296.9mg | Potassium: 16.06mg | Fiber: 5.22g | Sugar: 1.04g | Vitamin A: 248.21IU | Vitamin C: 0.07mg | Calcium: 22.11mg | Iron: 1.99mg