Moong Dhal Sambar

A delicious side dish for idli or dosa !!

Recipe by Priya Sriram of Edmonton, CA

This is a traditional South Indian variation of sambar with moong dhal, very simple, quick and easy to cook

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 1 cup Moong dhal
    • Half Onion cut lengthwise
    • 1 Tomato
    • 4-5 Green chillies
    • 1 medium potato cut into small pieces
    • 1/2 spoon turmeric
    • Salt to taste
    • A few Curry leaves
    • 1/2 spoon Mustard seeds
    • A pinch of Asafoetida
    • 1 Tbsp Oil
    • 2 Tbsp Cilantro for Garnishing



    1. Add oil in a pan and once hot add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and Asafoetida.
    2. Add the onion and fry till soft, followed by green chillies and Tomatoes. Fry till the tomatos are soft.
    3. Add turmeric, salt and potatos,Followed by the cleaned Moong dhal.
    4. Add 4 cups of water, the quantity of water can be increased depending on the consistancy you preffer
    5. cook till the dhal is cooked, or for faster cooking pressure cook for 10 minutes
    6. Garnish with cilantro
    7. Serve hot with Idlis or Dosa



    Dear Shailaja, if you SOAK the washed moong dal for an hour or so, before setting it to cook along with the specified ingredients in the above recipe, would yield you perfectly cooked moong veggie mixture required for saambaar, in the end. Priya Sriram has done an excellent job. This moong sambar is so tasty that it has become an order of the week, in our household. Only difference is, I add 2 tsp full of homemade sambar powder, in the final few minutes of it's cooking. keep up the good job, dear Priya.

    salomi suchitra

    hey priya nice recipe from you thanks for the wonderful recipe.Salomi Suchitra(K.S.A)


    hello there!! i wud lyk to ask u weder u hav recepie of the authentic south indian sambar coz m searchin for it plzzz.....thank u!!!


    u didnt mention seperately tht moong dal should be cooked and kept seprtly and bcoz of u as i follow it completely i didnt cook moongdal separetly and i gt left right frm my family members so plss do kpe in mind abt the persons like me but any ways website is very good

    Kareena Bathija

    Thanks for the recipe,it made a change from the thoor dal sambar.I added sambar powder to add a bit more flavor to it.

    manisha naran

    Thanks Priya for your reply. Nice to read your explanation for moong dal receipe.


    I tried this recipe and it came out really well. The only variation I did was, I added about 1 tsp of sambar masala to the dal, that made it all the more relishing.

    Priya Sriram

    Priya Sriram

    Manisha, yes. I meant to cook in a pressure cooker, which makes it really an instant dish

    manisha naran

    I think if you do this whole procidure in pressurecooker it will be much easier.