Paneer Fulkopi diye bhaja Moong Dal (Bengali style roasted Moong dal) is a popular Bengali Dish. Paneer Fulkopi diye bhaja Mooger Dal brings together the goodness of roasted moong dal with soft and nutritious paneer and healthy cauliflower and peas.Jump to Recipe
Dal is a such COMFORTING and a SOULFUL food.
I say so because, when ever we go out on a holiday by the end of our holidays we always tend to miss the warmth of home cooked hot steaming rice and DAL. No not chicken, not mutton, but DAL. Hence comforting and soulful food.
Dal is a staple food of each and every Indian. Indian meals are basically incomplete without dal. Be it rich or poor, everyone has dal as a side for their meals.
This shobji diye moong dal (roasted moong dal with vegetables) is a bengali speciality. It quite popular during weddings and special occasions. And why not; it is very delicious with the goodness of soft luscious paneer and cauliflower. It is healthy and yummy and kid friendly too. My little one loves it.
When it comes to moong dal, we Bengalis tend to slightly roast the dal. It give a lovely toasty aroma to the dish. The famous Bengali moong dal khichuri, we roast the dal for this as well. But there are certain moong dal preparation for which we do not need to roast it just like tetor dal (dal with bitter gourd).
How to make Paneer Fulkopi diye roasted Mooger Dal?
Roasting the dal: We start by dry roasting the moong dal in a pan until golden brown and releases a nutty aroma. Roasting the moong dal take this dal to the next level. Now add it to the pressure cooker along with 3 cups of water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or until the dal is 95 percent cooked.
Preparing the Veggies: Cut the cauliflower into tiny florets. Fry the florets in a teaspoon of ghee or oil until golden brown.
Paneer: Cut the paneer into 2 cm pieces and add it to the dal as it is or you if you wish you can also sauté it in a tsp of ghee or oil and add it later.
Now add the fried cauliflower florets, paneer and green peas along with turmeric powder to the cooked dal and simmer for 8-10 mins until the cauliflower florets are cooked through. Add more water to adjust the consistency as per your liking. I like it a bit on the thicker side.
Tempering: Temper the oil with bay leaf, red dried chilli, cumin seeds, hing and grated ginger. Add it to the dal and give it a boil. Sprinkle with coriander.
I like to serve it with begun bhaja (eggplant fry) and mango aachar.
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Paneer Fulkopi diye bhaja Moong Dal | How to make Shobji diye muger dal
- pressure cooker
- small pan
- 1 cup Moong dal
- 1/2 cup Paneer cut into small 2 cm pieces
- 1/2 cup Cauliflower small florets Small florets
- 1/4 cup Peas
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1-2 Dried red Chilli
- 1/4 tsp Hing
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 tsp Ginger finely grated
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Salt as per taste
- 1 tbsp Ghee/oil for tempering
- 1 tsp ghee/oil for sautéing cauliflower
- Heat a pressure cooker on medium to low heat. Add the moong dal and dry roast it until golden brown or releases a nutty aroma.
- Add it to the pressure cooker along with 3 cups of water along with salt and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or until the dal is 95 percent cooked.
- Meanwhile heat a teaspoon of oil/ghee and and fry the cauliflower florets until golden brown. Remove from the heat and keep aside.
- Now add the fried cauliflower, paneer, green peas, turmeric powder and sugar and mix everything well. Add water to adjust the consistency as per your liking and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the cauliflower florets are cooked through.
- Now for the tempering, heat ghee/oil in a small pan then temper the oil with bay leaf, red dried chilli, cumin seeds, hing and grated ginger. Add it to the dal and give it a boil.
- Sprinkle with coriander and serve it hot with rice and begun bhaja.
I hope you enjoy this delicious Paneer Fulkopi diye Moong Dal (Bengali style Moong dal) as much as we do!
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