yellow moong dal
Last Updated : Jul 23,2024

What is Yellow Moong Dal ? Glossary | Uses of Yellow Moong Dal |
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What is Yellow Moong Dal?

Yellow moong dal refers to moong beans that have been skinned and split, so that they're flat, yellow, and quick-cooking. They're relatively easy to digest.

They can be made into moong bean paste by de-hulling, cooking, and pulverizing the beans to the consistency of a dry paste. The paste is sweetened and is similar in texture to red bean paste though the smell is slightly more bean-like. In several Asian countries, de-hulled moong beans and moong bean paste are made into ice creams or frozen ice pops and are very popular dessert items.

In India, moong dal is very commonly used in a variety of dishes ranging from dal and khichdi to kheer and halwa.

Soaked yellow moong dal
Wash the moong dal after removing any debris like stones or pebbles. Then, soak it in water for about 3-4 hours. The soaked dal is used to make a south Indian salad called kosmalli. It can also be added to various curries and pulaos, or ground into a fine or coarse paste as per recipe requirement.

How to select Yellow Moong Dal

• Moong dal is easily available in grocery stores, pre-packaged as well as in bulk containers.
• If purchasing in a packaged container, check to see if there is a "use-by" date on the package.
• Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the moong dal are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure its maximal freshness.
• Whether purchasing moong dal in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture.

8 Uses of Yellow Moong Dal

1. First and foremost, yellow moong is used to make dals, like any other pulse. Whether it is pressure cooked or heated normally over the flame, whether spicy or mild, all and any type of dals can be made with yellow moong, one of the most famous being Dal fry.

2. Yellow Moong is not known for holding its shape and because of that it can easily be used for soups as well. Even though that is unheard of, yellow moong dal makes for great soups like Moong Dal and Spinach soup.

3. Moong dal is also used to make pureed preparations or mashes like Khichdi and Gujarati snack like Moong Dal Khichu. All these recipes are mixed with rice and flour and transformed into gorgeous dishes.

4. Dosas and idlis are also fabulously made with yellow moong dal. One very unusual dosa recipe is Poha Yellow Moong Dal Dhokla, which is flavored beautifully with yellow moong.

5. Moong dal can be used as stuffing for parathas, whether stand alone or with different vegetables like cabbage.

6. The most famous way to use this dal is to make sweets like halwa and sheera, mixed with jaggery and sugar, which is eaten during lots of festivals and occasions.

7. Kachoris and Vadas are made with yellow moong dal as well. It makes a delicious filling and gives a great texture.

8. Other types of snacks that can be made with yellow moong dal are dhokla and pakodas.

How to store Yellow Moong Dal
• Store yellow gram in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.

Health Benefits Yellow Moong Dal

• Yellow gram like other lentils and pulses is a good source of protein and dietary fibre.
• It is low in fat and rich in B complex vitamins, calcium and potassium.
• It is free from heaviness and flatulence, which are associated with other pulses.
• Cooked yellow gram is an easily digestible food for invalid and sick persons.
• Its regular use during childhood, pregnancy and lactation helps one to get the required nutrition and promote health.
• Porridge or khichdi made from it is the best diet after recovery from acute illness.

Nutrition Facts of Yellow Moong Dal

¼ Cup of raw Yellow Moong Dal is about 50 grams
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.

Energy - 174 calories
Protein – 12.2 g
Carbohydrate – 29.5 g
Fat – 0.6 g
Fiber – 4.1 g

0.24 mg of vitamin B1 (Thiamine) = 15% of RDA (about 1.2 to 1.6 mg for men)
0.11 mg of vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) = 5.78% of RDA (about 1.4 to 1.9 mg for men)
1.2 mg of Vitamin B3 (Niacin) = 5.7% of RDA (about 16 to 21 mg for men)
70 mcg of vitamin B9 (Folate) = 70% of RDA (about 100 mcg)

37.5 mg of Calcium = 3.75% of RDA (about 1000 mg)
1.95 mg of Iron = 9.75% of RDA (20 mg for women)
55.5 mg of Magnesium = 15.85% of RDA (about 350 mg)
575 mg of Potassium = 12.2% of RDA (about 4700 g)
1.4 mg of zinc = 11.6% of RDA (10 to 12 mg)

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