How to make Phoolkopi Motorshuti Diye Bhaja Mungerdaal -

Bengalis love to mix dal with vegetables to make it more nutritious

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Cauliflower (फूलगोभी), Green peas (हरे मटर)

Cuisine : Indian, Bengali

Course : Dals and Kadhis

You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like mutton korma Theeyal Andhra Pepper Rasam Kadhai paneer

Phoolkopi Motorshuti Diye Bhaja Mungerdaal

Phoolkopi Motorshuti Diye Bhaja Mungerdaal Recipe Card


Hindi: phool gobhi
Till a few years ago, cauliflower used to be a vegetable that is only available during winter but of late cauliflower is available year around especially in big cities. Referred to as the aristocrat of the cabbage family, the flowers are also eaten raw at times. While buying, look for fresh cauliflowers with compact white heads and green fresh looking leaves. Avoid and reject any loose or spread out heads – they are a sure sign of over maturity.

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Phoolkopi Motorshuti Diye Bhaja Mungerdaal Recipe

  • Cauliflower cut into small florets 200 grams

  • Green peas blanched 1/4 cup

  • Moong dal 3/4 cup

  • Mustard oil 3 tablespoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Ghee for drizzling

  • Bay leaves 2

  • Dried red chilli 1

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Cinnamon 2 inch stick

  • Cloves 4

  • Green cardamoms 2

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Ginger grated 1 teaspoon

  • Bengali garam masala to sprinkle

  • Scraped coconut to sprinkle

  • Green chillies chopped to sprinkle

  • coriander leaves chopped for garnish


Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

Add green peas and cooked dal and mix well. Cook till the mixture comes to a boil. Take the pan off the heat.

Step 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.

Step 5

Add asafoetida, cinnamon, cloves, green cardamoms, mix and sauté till fragrant.

Step 6

Add green chillies and ginger, mix and sauté for 1 minute. Add this to the dal mixture and mix well.

Step 7

Transfer into a serving bowl, sprinkle Bengali garam masala powder (equal proportions of green cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon roasted together and powdered).

Step 8

Sprinkle scraped fresh coconut, green chilli and chopped coriander on top and serve hot.

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