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Mulo Diye Matar Dal (Yellow Split Pea dal with Radish)

Mulo Diye Matar Dal (Yellow Split Pea dal with Radish) is a delicious lentil soup made with sweet, crisp white radish. This healthy anf flavour-jammed Bengali dal is tempered with Indian 5 Spice (panch phoron) and dried red chillies and enjoyed with steaming hot rice or Indian flat bread. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bengali dal recipe, Indian five spice, indian mooli dal recipe, mooli recipe, motor dal recipe, Mulo Diye Matar Dal, panch phoron dal, Yellow split pea dal
Servings: 4 people
Author: Arpita


  • 3/4 cup Yellow split pea (motor dal) washed
  • 1 medium sized Radish (mooli/mulo) washed, peeled and cut into large cubes
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 inch Fresh ginger grated
  • 2-3 Green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • Salt as per taste
  • handful of fresh coriander chopped
  • Water as needed


  • 1 tbsp Oil (veg/sunflower)
  • 2 dried red chilli dried red chilli
  • 1 tsp Indian 5 spice (Panch phoron)


  • In a pressure cooker add the washed yellow split pea, chopped tomato, green chillies, ginger, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and 3 cups of water and pressure cook for 6 to 7 whistles or the dal is almost 80 percent done.
  • Now add the radish in the dal and pressure cook it for 2-3 more whistles until the radish and the dal is cooked well.
  • To make the tarka/tempering heat a tbsp of oil in a small pan and temper the oil with dried red chillies and fry for few seconds, then add the Indian 5 spice (ranch phoron) and let it splutter.
  • Slowly pour the tempering/ tarka over the dal. stir everything well and let the dal boil for another 5-6 mins.
  • Garnish the dal with lots of freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve it with hot steamed rice or Indian flat bread.