Moong dal is perhaps a staple across Indian homes. Not only because it is a versatile lentil but also for its rich nutritional profile that makes it is one of the most sought-after high-protein options for vegetarians. Also known as split yellow bean, moong dal is a storehouse of health benefits including protein, fibre and anti-inflammatory properties. As per the book 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing House, they are a rich source of fibre that makes it a heart-friendly food too. These fibres can help lower cholesterol and also contain useful amount of potassium that may help keep blood pressure levels in check too.
One of the most popular benefits of moong dal is its role in aiding weight loss. Being an excellent source of plant-based protein, moong dal lentil takes longer to digest. The fibre in it keeps one full for long, suppresses untimely hunger pangs which ultimately leads to weight loss. According to Shilpa Arora, Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner, "Moong Dal is light and high on protein. The high amount of fibre present in the dal keeps you satiated for long. These two factors make moong dal an effective option for weight loss."
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There are multiple ways to cook moong dal and the sheer versatility has led to various delicious moong dal dishes in different parts of India with moong dal tadka being one of the most popular ones. But besides all the tadkas, pakodas, halwa, chilla and more, there are many healthier as well as scrumptious ways to add moong dal in your diet?
This moong dal chaat with just a dash of masalas and lemon is definitely a show stealer! Light, healthy and mouth-watering, this chaat is perhaps the quickest way to load up on protein and aid your weight loss diet. No greasy oil, no lengthy cooking, just pure moong dal and spices!
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Moong dal tadka is one of the most popular dishes in India.
How To Make Moong Dal Chaat For Weight Loss
- Moong Dal (soaked)- 1 cup
- Red chilli powder- 1 1/2 tsp
- Jeera powder (roasted)- 3 tsp
- Asafoetida- 1 tsp
- Salt- 1 tsp
- Lemon juice- 3 tsp
- Chaat masala- 1 tsp
1. Cook soaked moong dal in about 4 cups of boiling water.
2. Cook for about 5 minutes until foam starts to form on the top.
3. Now discard the foam, add salt and asafoetida. Mix well and let the dal cook, covered.
4. Let the dal cool down when cooked.
5. Add jeera powder, lemon juice, chaat masala and chilli powder on top. Mix well and serve.
A quick, easy, low-calorie, high-protein moong dal snack is ready to devour!
Try this yummy snack at home as your mid-day meal or even a light lunch. Share your experience in the comments section below.