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Fried Moong Dal – Microwave Version

I love fried moong dal and every time I eat it, it reminds me of my childhood days when I used to eat this at the movie theater. A couple of decades back, before the days of pizzas and burgers, they used to sell this moon dal in tiny packets.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: 4 Ingredient Recipes, Quick and Easy, Snacks
Cuisine: Asian, Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Calories: 398kcal


  • bowl
  • microwave
  • spatula


  • ½ cup Moong dal / Payatham Paruppu
  • ½ cup Baking soda
  • to taste Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Oil


  • Wash the moong dal and soak it along with baking soda for at least 30 minutes. I made two batches and once I soaked it for 2 hours and the other time I soaked it overnight. Both of them yielded similar results.
  • Drain the dal completely and dry them as much as you can by placing it in a kitchen towel. Make sure that the dal is as dry as you can get.
  • Place the dried dal in a microwave-safe wide bowl and add 1 teaspoon of oil to it. Mix well. I used my pyres 8-inch square baking pan.
  • Microwave it on high for about 8 minutes, stirring it after each minute. The dal could lump up when baking, make sure you break the lumps and give it a good stir every minute.
  • At the end of the 8 minutes, you will notice that the dal is all crunchy. Add salt and chili powder at this stage and mix well.
  • Store in an air-tight container and happy munching!


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16462mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 4mg