Learn to make Moong Dal Namkeen | Salted Crunchy Fried Moong Dal Snack with an easy and quick recipe video tutorial. Each spoonful of this festive moong dal namkeen is generously seasoned with salt and pepper. No need to bestow upon some extra special touch to make this namkeen addictive — a simple salt and pepper seasoning can highlight the crunch and crisp in this fried moong dal.
Each and every piece of fried dal/lentil is incredibly crispy and crunchy. It’s simply Beyond perfect!!
You can relish this crispy and spicy Moong Dal Namkeen/Salted Crunchy Fried Moong Dal Snack along with piping hot cup of tea or coffee at the snack time. Or delight in a bowl full of this namkeen with a glass of sweet white wine is another way to enjoy it while watching your favorite movie. This namkeen is a great alternative to salted peanuts. 🙂
What is Moong Dal Namkeen?
Moong Dal Namkeen is a crispy and crunchy fried snack made with yellow split green gram which is also known as Dhuli Moong Dal, or Moong ka Mogar. ‘Dhuli’ means washed in Hindi. Namkeen is a common term used for snacks in India.
What are the other names of moong dal namkeen?
Moong Dal or Mung Dal Namkeen is also popular with these names:
- Moong Mogar Namkeen
- Dhuli Moong Dal Namkeen
- Namkeen moong
There are two versions of this Moong Dal Namkeen we get in the store bought packets:
- Salted Moong Dal Namkeen
- Masala Moong Dal Namkeen
What is the difference between Salted Moong Dal Namkeen & Masala Moong Dal Namkeen?
The main cooking process for both the namkeens is the same. The only difference is in the seasoning. Salted namkeen only has salt or pepper as seasoning, and masala namkeen has some other spices.
How to make Salted Moong Dal Namkeen?
For Making salted moong dal namkeen, the first step is to soak the dal. The second step is the rinsing and air-drying. The third and the final step is deep-frying and seasoning the fried dal with some salt. DONE!
How to make Moong Dal Masala Namkeen?
For making masala moong dal namkeen, all the steps till frying is similar to the Salted Moong Dal Namkeen. However, in Masala version of Namkeen, instead of seasoning with salt, you can use a dry spice blend made with salt, black salt, black pepper powder, red chili powder, chaat masala, and amchoor powder for seasoning. You can also add some crispy fried coriander leaves and some crispy deep-fried green chilies to this spice blend.
History of Moong Dal Namkeen:
Moong Dal Namkeen has been sold by many manufacturers and local vendors in India for many years now. But the one company which is solely in vogue for this moong dal namkeen is Haldiram’s.
I still have those childhood memories of tearing off the namkeen packets and rejoicing with this namkeen as an evening snack along with some pink milk (Chilled milk with rose syrup).
My Mom always thought that these store-bought branded Namkeen Recipes can’t be replicated at home, and I am talking about only some decades ago. She and many of her friends always thought that Haldiram’s have their secret ingredients which we don’t know about.
Back at that time, I never imagined myself cooking this Moong Dal Namkeen at home in the future which would come after 20 years, with so much perfection and ease.
But then things become different when I got this recipe from my Mom almost over a decade ago. To my wonderment making this Moong Dal Namkeen at home was so smooth and fuss-free. And also there was no secret ingredient involved.
My mom collected this recipe from her friend. And my mom’s friend might have found this recipe somewhere, so this is a chain of sharing a simple recipe which has created a puzzle in minds for decades. 😉
This recipe is no more a secret. It is as simple and easy as it could be. Our human mind creates things and makes a mountain out of a molehill even when it’s not needed.
How long can we store Moong Dal Namkeen?
Moong Dal Namkeen can be stored in a clean airtight jar for up to 3 months, or even a little longer when made in a big batch.
Is moong dal namkeen good for health?
Yes, it is because it is made with superfood ‘Moong Dal’. Moong dal is light on the stomach and very easy to digest. It is a good source of iron, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It also helps you lose weight. It also helps control blood pressure. The only setback could be that it is fried, so you can’t eat it on a daily basis. But then there is a good alternative. This is to bake them for a healthier version.
How to bake Moong Dal Namkeen?
The procedure of making baked moong dal namkeen involves rinsing moong dal, then soaking, then rinsing again, and finally air drying.
Then soaked dal is seasoned with oil, salt, and pepper, and baked in the preheated oven until golden. After this, the baked moong dal is then seasoned well again with some more pepper and salt. Baked moong dal namkeen will last for up to 10 days.
Tips for making the absolute Best Moong Dal Namkeen:
- Soaking moong dal for at least 4-5 hours or more is a must. I always soak moong dal overnight, and it swells up nicely and gives me great results.
- Air dry moong dal to remove all the dampness from the dal. Dal might splutter in the oil while frying if there is any moisture left. Also, they won’t turn crisp.
- Adding some baking soda while soaking makes dal perfectly crispy and gives it the desired texture. So I would recommend using it in this recipe.
- Moong Dal Namkeen is a Deep-fried snack. But instead of deep frying, you can bake and air fry moong dal namkeen.
- For air frying moong dal namkeen, follow the same recipe and instead of deep frying, air-fry them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always try to fry moong dal using a steel strainer. This way it would be easier to take out the fried moong dal from hot oil.
- Moong dal namkeen stays fresh for months when stored in airtight container at room temperature.
- Add the seasoning to dal when the dal is slightly warm. This way it would take in the flavors beautifully.
- The seasoning I used is for salted moong dal namkeen. I have also given the recipe of seasoning for making Haldirams style masala moong dal namkeen in the recipe box on this page.
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So make this namkeen this weekend. ENJOY, and make sure to leave a comment. If you do make this namkeen recipe, also don’t forget to tag me on Instagram, using hashtag #mygingergarlickitchen . 🙂
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Some other Diwali snacks you might like:
- Chana Dal Namkeen
- Crispy Fried Chana
- Chakli Recipe
- Masala Mathri- 2 Ways
- Spiced Fenugreek Beet Baked Mathri
- Best Samosa Recipe
Happy Cooking and Keep Sharing! 🙂