As we all know it that dal/lentils are rich in proteins and in India it is a very important part of our daily food. It can be said as a compulsory thing that one has to have a dal in his thali or the meal is said to be incomplete. As we make dal in the form of tadka dal, curry and so on….In south they make payasam’s/kheer with dal as the main ingredient.
They make kheer/payasam with moong dal, chana dal and there are many sweet dishes prepared out of dals. As in Karnataka and Maharashtra they make the traditional Puran Poli (sweet stuffed roti) where the filling is made out of Chana dal and jaggery or toor dal and jaggery. The Marwadi’s they make this awesome moong dal halwa which is absolutely yummy.
Dal being very versatile can be used for salads (as it is don’t in Maharashtra and Karnataka) to make Koshimbir, desserts, curry, sabzi and even accompanied with a sabzi. As in my house we often make spring onion sabzi with toor dal, methi sabzi with moong dal, French beans with toor dal, Ridge gourd (turai) with toor dal and many sabzi to go with the dals. Wherever we have less quantity of a sabzi, the quantity can be increased by adding dal to it.
From the many varieties of payasam’s made out of dal here I have made this using the moong dal, which is considered as one of the healthy dal. As the moong dal does not require much time to cook, this payasam gets ready in no time. And with jaggery in it, it tastes divine. It is a very simple Payasam with simple ingredients, which I had made for the Friday fast and pooja that I am doing in this month of shravan.
So friends try this super easy, super yummy Moong Dal Payasam and this will take a place in your kitchen for sure.
What do we need:-
1 cup Moong dal (split, de-skined, green gram)
¾ cup grated/crushed Jaggery (gur/gul)
3-4 tbsp freshly grated Coconut/ grated dry coconut
½ tsp Cardamom powder (elaichi powder)
½ cup Milk
3-4 tbsp Almonds slivers (badam)
Water as required
How do we do it:-
1 In a vessel take the moong dal and wash it nicely in water 2 times.
2 Add 1 cup water and keep it to cook on a low flame.
3 The dal with take 10-15 minutes to cook. Remember do not overcook it. It should be fully cooked though.
4 Now add in the grated/crushed jaggery and stir it to melt.
5 Now add in the milk, almond slivers and grated coconut and mix nicely.
6 Let it cook further for 3-4 minutes and off the flame.
7 Serve it hot/ cold garnished with almond slivers.