Moth Bean Lentils (Matki or Moth dal)

I got introduced to Moth bean(matki) from one of my good  friend from Pune  here in the US. It is basically a kind of lentil .She introduced me to the sprouted version and it was so yummy and healthy that I took an instant liking to it. I do sprout it once in a while and sautée it with onions , green chillies and a little bit of spice and salt. It is loaded with nutrients  like protein, potassium, iron, magnesium and all the good stuff.However, if you forget to sprout the beans or don’t have enough time to wait till it sprouts ..No worries! you can pressure cook it after soaking  it in water for about 5 to 6 hours  or overnight . My version of the recipe for the soaked bean is very simple, just sautée all the ingredients in a pressure cooker, add the spices and salt and pressure cook for about 3 whistles .The flavor of the moth is so delicious that it is impossible to resist  a second helping   ! The details of the recipe are below .Hope you like it!

Moth Bean Lentils (Matki or Moth dal)

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious and healthy lentil gravy based on Indian cuisine and loaded with nutrients.



  • 2 cups of moth dal soaked overnight
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1/2 tomato diced
  • 3 to 4 green chillies
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilly powder
  • 2 tsp Corainder powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • salt to taste
  • 3- 4 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker .
  2. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida to the heated oil.
  3. Add the diced onions , green chillies and sautée for about 5 mins
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and sautée again for couple more mins
  5. Next add tomatoes and sautée till the oil leaves the sides of the cooker
  6. Lastly add all the spices sautée again ,add water and salt
  7. Pressure cook for about 3 whistles or till done
  8. Garnish with finely cut onions and coriander leaves. The dal is ready!
  9. Serve it with rice or chapatis (wheat bread)


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  • Reply
    April 4, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Good share…👍

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      April 4, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thank you so much Saumyaa!!

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    April 4, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I love sprouts and what a wonderful way of cooking them. Lovely

    • Reply
      April 4, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Thank you so much Pooja!!

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    April 4, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Nisha,
    You have a lovely blog 🙂 so I have nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award and here is the link
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      April 5, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Thank you so much Pia for your kind words and for nominating me! I am truly inspired by fellow bloggers like you for your encouragement and support! I will definitely look into it !!

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        April 5, 2017 at 9:15 am

        my pleasure 😊

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    April 5, 2017 at 3:12 am

    love it!!

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      April 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much Mallika!

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    October 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm

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      October 22, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Thank you so much Esme! I am so honored .I am out the next two weeks but I will definitely work on it as soon as I get back !

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        October 22, 2017 at 11:26 am

        No problem, enjoy your time away and I am looking forward to reading you post once done.

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