Math (Moth) Dal

Moth Dal

Moth Dal


  • Muth (Moth) dal, 1 cup. These are beans with brownish green exterior and light yellow interior, used in Indian cooking
  • Peanut oil, 1 tbsp
  • Asafoetida (hing) powder, ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves, 5-6 leaves
  • Green / red chili, 1, slit in half
  • Turmeric powder, ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder, 1 tsp
  • Lime juice, 1 tbsp
  • Sugar, 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste


  1. Carefully clean Muth dal and soak it in water for at least 12 hours
  2. Pressure-cook the dal with 2 cups of water (4-5 whistles)
  3. Once the dal is cooked and cooled down, remove any uncooked beans
  4. In a pan, heat the oil and add asafoetida (hing) powder, curry leaves and slit chili
  5. Immediately add the muth dal, along with its cooking water
  6. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and lime juice and bring to boil
  7. Serve with any traditional Indian breads such as millet roti

Serves: 4

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