Phoolkopi Motorshuti Diye Bhaja Mungerdaal

Bengalis love to mix dal with vegetables to make it more nutritious This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Phoolkopi Motorshuti Diye Bhaja Mungerdaal

Main Ingredients Cauliflower, Green peas
Cuisine Indian,Bengali
Course Dals and Kadhis
Prep Time 6-10 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Phoolkopi Motorshuti Diye Bhaja Mungerdaal

  • 200 grams Cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1/4 cup Green peas blanched
  • 3/4 cup Moong dal
  • 3 tablespoons Mustard oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • for drizzling Ghee
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 Dried red chilli
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • a pinch Asafoetida
  • 2 inch stick Cinnamon
  • 4 Cloves
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • 2 Green chillies slit
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger grated
  • to sprinkle Bengali garam masala
  • to sprinkle Scraped coconut
  • to sprinkle Green chillies chopped
  • for garnish coriander leaves chopped


  1. Dry roast moong dal in a non-stick pan on medium heat till golden brown. Take the pan off the heat and transfer the roasted dal into a pressure cooker. Add 3 cups water and mix well. Cover the cooker and cook under pressure till 4-5 whistles are released. Set aside for the pressure to be reduced completely.
  2. Heat mustard oil in a non-stick pan till it begins to smoke. Add cauliflower florets, turmeric powder and salt, mix and sauté till the florets are golden.
  3. Add green peas and cooked dal and mix well. Cook till the mixture comes to a boil. Take the pan off the heat.
  4. For the tempering, heat ghee in a small non-stick pan. Add bay leaves, dried red chilli and cumin seeds, mix and sauté till the colour of the seeds change.
  5. Add asafoetida, cinnamon, cloves, green cardamoms, mix and sauté till fragrant.
  6. Add green chillies and ginger, mix and sauté for 1 minute. Add this to the dal mixture and mix well.
  7. Transfer into a serving bowl, sprinkle Bengali garam masala powder (equal proportions of green cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon roasted together and powdered).
  8. Sprinkle scraped fresh coconut, green chilli and chopped coriander on top and serve hot.