Snack of this week – Moong Dal namkeen -Moong dal fry

Wish you all  Happy Christmas. Enjoy the day with your friends and families.
Moong dal namkeen has been my favourite snack. Namkeen is a Hindi word which means savoury flavour. Dad used to buy this snack from the Lala kadai(a shop that sells Sweet and savoury snacks). They used to sell this snack made with the whole skinned green moong dal. We all love this snack. After we tasted the Haldiram’s Moong dal salted our family became a fan of it. There is also a masala version of moong dal but I found it to be too salty. Moong dal salted tastes amazing and we can’t resist ourselves from having it. Whenever going to supermarkets my mom used to pick 2 to 3 packets of it for us and we used to finish it within an hour. When I was in my hostel. The caterers used to provide the masala version of this namkeen for tea time snacks. I was so surprised how could they make the snack. Next time when they were making it and went there to watch it. Then the mystery of making it was solved and it was so simple. Sharing you the recipe of how to make this moong dal namkeen.

Preparation Time : 5 hours

Cooking Time: 30 mins


Moong dal – 1 cup (split, unskinned)
Oil for frying
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Chat powder – 1/4 to 1/2  tsp (optional)


1. Wash the moong dal 3 to 4 times in water. Soak it in sufficient water for 4 hours. Then drain the water with a strainer. Spread the drained moong dal in a towel for about 30 minutes below the fan. This removes the excess water in it. Finally, pat and dry them.

2. Heat oil for frying in a deep pan or kadai. When they are hot enough, Take the dried moong dal in a mesh strainer. Using mesh strainer will help to remove the dal easily out of the oil. Immerse in the oil. Cook till the bubbles in the oil disappear and they become crispy. Transfer it to a bowl or plate lined with tissue paper to remove excess oil. Do the same for the remaining dal and fry them in batches. After frying all the dal, Transfer them to a mixing bowl. Remove oil if it is still left out in the dal by rubbing or patting it with tissue paper. Now to it add salt to taste. If you want for the masala version of the namkeen add Red chilli powder, chat masala to it and mix well. Once it is completely cool down, Transfer it to an airtight container, store it and Enjoy the snack.

Serve this snack with Tea or Coffee.

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