Moth Dal with Mushrooms

moth dal with mushrooms and white rice

I discovered a small market in the next town, and they always have the best fresh mushrooms. You can buy them whole of course, but you can also buy them freshly cut and packaged by the store. This is nothing like the grocery store mushrooms, all browning and limp. I can eat these right out of the package, that’s how beautiful they are.

I had more than I could eat fresh this weekend, so I thought to pan-roast them and put them in some dal. I made it very plain with just garlic and the usual tadka. Rinsing out the pan in which the mushrooms browned added alot of flavor. I like the texture of this dal so I didn’t use the pressure cooker.

Moth Dal with Mushrooms

1/2 c moth dal, soaked 1-2 hours

1 tsp canola oil
1 lb fresh white mushrooms, cut in thick slices

Sufficient water and salt to taste

For the tadka:

1 tsp canola oil
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp cumin seed
2-3 slit green chiles
3-4 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
4-5 curry leaves


In a wide frying pan, heat the oil over med-high and add mushrooms. Cook, uncovered, about 5 minutes until they begin to sizzle and brown. Flip them with a spatula so they brown on the other side. Total cooking time about 10-15 min, or until they’re nicely browned and crispy. Remove to a plate.

Add 2 c water into the mushroom pan and bring to a boil. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits. Reserve this water.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil/ghee and do the tadka, adding garlic and curry leaves at the last. Add the soaked dal.

Pour the water from the mushroom pan into the dal and bring to a boil. Add the reserved mushrooms, lower the heat and simmer, adding more water as necessary, until the dal is cooked to your liking. Salt to taste and serve hot mixed with white rice.


Earthy mushrooms stewed with earthy moth dal made a great combination with hot rice. This is my contribution to My Legume Love Affair: Eighth Helping — and I hope I read this correctly — brainchild of and also hosted for February 2009 by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook.

I didn’t learn of this event till the dal was made, so I didn’t take a nice photo — but I’m so excited because a legume recipe wouldn’t always require much research at all! πŸ˜‰ Thanks Susan — I’m looking forward to the round up as well as to reading the ‘archives’ πŸ™‚


  1. indosungod said

    Linda, mushrooms with dal is one thing I have never tried. Looks good. You are so right, fresh mushrooms are a treat so you are lucky to have found the market. Moth dal is also something I have never tried. I saw at the store the other day.

    watch for the mailman, ISG πŸ™‚

  2. Happy Cook said

    I love mushroom and i am sure i will love this .
    I don’t think i have evr had moth dal.

    HC if you email me, I will send you some moth dal πŸ™‚ Everyone would love its earthy taste! πŸ™‚

  3. Susan said

    I’m mad for mushrooms, so I know I would love this. I’ve never had moth dal before, although I have seen it in my Indian grocer. Well, there is always room for one more bag of beans. : }

    Thanks for the simple yet lovely recipe for MLLA8!

    Thanks for passing by Susan, and for the great idea for an event!

  4. Asha said

    I don’t blame you, there are so many events going on at the same time! πŸ˜€

    There is another “Lentil Mela” event too, just found out. I love Moath dal, with Mushrooms, it’s yummy! :))

    I love that photo, as if you are getting ready to dig in with a fork! πŸ˜€

    Lentils mela is excellent for me Asha — always looking for more lentil recipes. Though I always come home to sambhar. I am going to get some of your small onions frozen, this weekend! πŸ™‚

  5. Sia said

    Linda, I didn’t realise how busy i was and hou much lost in my own world till today. how in the world i missed so many of ur posts!!! thank god, at least today i am here πŸ˜‰
    mushrooms with lentils is i have never thought of but i can now imagine how good it must have been. moth beans is my recent discovery i am loveing it’s rustic nutty taste. so thanks for this recipe. i am going to try mushtoom + lentils combo very soon πŸ™‚
    have a fantastic weekend.

    Dear Sia, Sia dear! Your smiling face made my entire weekend! I’m so glad to see you here. Maybe we all get caught up, but good friends don’t ask why — we just pick up where we left off πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend yourself! πŸ™‚

  6. Sandeepa said

    Don’t think if I ever tried Moth Dal but with Mushroom I guess other dals too will be yummy. Thanks for the brilliant idea

    And I thank you, Sandeepa — I was so hooked on the moth and mushrooms I never thought to put them with another dal. Now I will! πŸ™‚

  7. Cynthia said

    And you have some hot spicy pickle there? I’m coming over for some.

    Have a brand new jar of gongura pickle, Cyn, come on up πŸ™‚

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