Cabbage Moong Dal

If you ask me about simple and comfort meal, my default answer would be dal. A simple, filling, comfort meal and of course easy to make. After plain dal, I used to make this very often with tomato rasam.

I prepared and took a photo of it very long time back and it was sleeping well in my drafts. When I prepared this recipe few days back for lunch, I remembered that it is in my drafts and now with little more touch ups, pushed it to my blog. Hope you enjoy this cabbage dal. Happy weekend!!!

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 as rice accompaniment


For Dal:

Cabbage - 1 and 1/2 cups, finely chopped
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1/2 cup, chopped
Tomato - 3/4 cup, chopped
Green chilli - 2 nos, slit
Garlic clove - 1 no (optional)
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Water - 1 - 2 cups (I added 1 and 3/4 cups)
Asafoetida - a pinch

For Seasoning:

Dry red chilli - 2 nos
Mustard and urid dal - 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 1 string
Asafoetida - a small pinch


1) Wash and soak dal  for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, chop cabbage, onion, tomato and green chilli.
2) In a pressure pan, add moong dal and a cup of water. Start cooking in medium flame.

3) After 5-7 minutes, you can see the foam forming on the surface of the water. Remove it using a ladle. This is nothing but the fat from dal.

4) Now, add cabbage, onion, tomato, garlic and green chilli. Give a stir.

5) Add cumin seeds, turmeric powder, salt and asafoetida. Mix well and cover it using the lid. Cook for 3 whistles.

6) Wait for some time to release the steam from pressure pan.
7) Add seasoning to this cooked dal.
8) Serve hot with steamed rice.

1) Addition of water is absolutely your choice. Increase or decrease according to your required consistency.
2) Increase or decrease the whistle count according to your pressure pan type and moong dal brand you use.

Sending this recipes to Kavi's Healthy Cooking Challenge - Healthy Lunch Event.

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Looks so tempting and delicious. Nice dish.
Uma@Trendy Relish

curry looks delicious n rich gravy too

My fav Combo.Luks delicious and impressive.Luv the recipe Dear.

Delicious and lovely combo,Yummy!!
never tried cabbage in curries always used as stir fry!!!

i too make it similar way with addition of garlic...s as us said dal are very easy to make and more comforting dish...platter looks so yum..
Thanks Uma and happy that you tried n enjoyed dinner with braided bread :)

One of my Favourite dals......looks so delicious.....will surely try.

We too make this hearty dish.. real yumm..
reg ur question Uma, Yellow Pumpkin is called poosanikai or parangikai or arasaanikai is some places. winter melon is just called vellai posanikai.

very yummy dish !! love to have anytime !!

Ongoing Event - Festive Food

very nice recipe...will make it for dinner today...

Lovely combo,its a great dish..will surely try this Uma,thanks for sharing

Delicious one Uma, the click is one more masterpiece. I love those bowls you have used.

It's my mom signature dish...looks inviting and also love ur clicks always!!

i too make this and its such a comfort food..loved ur version too..

I love these simple dhal! i don't even want any side dish! :)

Yummy combo looks mouthwatering...

omg... looks so yummy...mouth watering ..

thank you so much for your comment.. Your aloo paratha recipe was perfect.. ejoyed eating.cabbage moong dal looks delicious and rich... mouthwatering..

A very comforting bowl of dal and combined with a veggie makes it quite healthy too

Never tried this way on making dal,Luks so delicious..Yumm

Same pinch Uma. I make it the same way. Simple and comforting always.

Makes a comforting and hearty meal esp this rainy season! Wonderful clicks :)

Really very healthy curry...luv ur the presentation...
I am happy to follow u dear...

DElicious..........& the pics are amazing.

A deeeeliiicious daal!! A nice idea to add cabbage to mmong dal...bookmarked..
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Beautifully presented and looks fabulous!

hi uma, from these photos, i gather i have seen or tried this dish before with a slight difference from your cooking,

A very healthy dal. Love the combo.

Lovely pictures of the porich kootu :)

wow so easy my mum make it with cabbage and chan dal...ove it

lovely clicks.. i totally agree with you.. daal is always my comfort food too.. i cant deal with the more wordly comfort food-chocolate.. :)
Richa @Hobby And More Food Blog

hi uma, i agree with what you said is true- that dhall is always a comfort dish for many indian food.
its so versatile and can be eaten with practically anything. it can also be cooked as a dish, a dessert or even as snacks. your dish looks yummy too

Love this dal simply with pickles and papads..yummy bowl.

So wholesome n hearty ~ the pics are beautiful!

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