Microwaved Low Fat Crunchy Moong dal(Haldiram’s style)

Everyday we come home from work, picking up our toddler son from daycare, we all sit together and have our favorite snacks. For my son, its the Haldiram’s Bhujia or Shakkarpara. For my husband mixture and for me – the crunchy moongdal. I can’t tell you how much I love this snack. The only drawback to it, is that its deepf fried, but I thought there was no alternative here, until I saw a few posts for a microwaved version of the same snack.

Normally, I would have been skeptical about using the microwave for this, but the recent success I had with the Masala Peanuts, made me more confident in trying this. Plus, I had all the ingredients on hand, and it didn’t involve a lot of work. I’m glad I tried it – made for a low fat crunchy evening snack.

1/2 cup yellow split moong dal
1 tsp canola oil
couple of pinches of turmeric powder
couple of pinches of chilli powder
1/4 tsp salt(or more to taste)

Soak the moong dal with enough water to cover for an hour. Drain the moong dal completely and blot out the moisture as much as possible. Place the moong dal on a microwave safe plate. Cover with a moist paper towel and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove, let sit until cool enough to handle. (It is very hot, so be careful. Also, the resting time is important here).

Remove the paper towel, use your fingers to break up the moongdal. Sprinkle the turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and the canola oil and mix with your fingers to coat the dal evenly in thix mixture. Microwave again on high for another 2 minutes, stopping and stirring every one minute. Repeat for another one minute, or until you see the dal turn very slightly golden, around the edges. Mix again thoroghly and let sit for two minutes before tasting. The rest time will ensure the crispiness of the dal. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Verdict: It was truly a very yummy snack, very much like the Haldiram’s version, but with very less fat, no preservatives or artificial colors or flavors. And its an SBD phase 1 compliant snack too.

Sending this crunchy snack to our very own event, ‘Serve it – Microwaved’ happening here at OhTastenSee and also at Krithi’s page.
Also sending this to:
– ‘My Legume Love Affair #51‘, event series by Susan.

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  1. Tom

    I tried this with 2 cups of moong dal to start and it was too much. I think because I could not get it spread thin enough in the microwave that it steamed instead of getting crunchy. It came out tasty, but chewy. I plan to try again with a smaller batch.

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