Veg Daal, the infamous Picnic special Bengali Vegetable Daal, for sure calls for a post! Colorful, spicy, Moong daal cooked with loads of veggies is a Bong favorite and is known as Shobji diye Moong Daal as well. These days, though, the name Veg Daal is widely used.
- Bengali Picnic Menu and mandatory Veg Daal!
- Veg Daal- why this name?
- What is Bengali Veg Daal | Picnic Special Vegetable Daal | Shobji Diye Moong Dal?
- Winter special Shobji diye Daal
- Top tip
- Bengali Veg Daal- Frequently Asked Questions
- Here's how I cook Bengali Moong Daal Shobji diye at Debjanir Rannaghar
- Recipe Card
- Bengali Winter-special Recipes
- Let's connect over Veg Daal Recipe
- Bengali Moong Daal Shobji diye Recipe Pin for You
Bengali Picnic Menu and mandatory Veg Daal!
"Guess what's for Sunday lunch?" I asked last Sunday while gulping my morning fose of black coffee. Then I replied without bothering for their reply "Shukto followed by Veg Daal along with Jhuri Aloo Bhaja. Then there's Mangshor Jhol and Khejur Aamsotto Chutney". We will be having a picnic at home!
Everyone at home was laughing at me. Actually, they were laughing because they found it funny the way I elaborated on the menu. I couldn't help it you know! I just couldn't. Considering the menu which was a true blue Bengali Picnic special menu and the way I uttered Veg Daal (Bhej Daal!); it was quite funny. The lunch went well and so did the adda that followed the lunch.
Veg Daal- why this name?
Okay! You can find the sparkling presence of Veg Daal in most of the picnic menus in the winter. Obviously, if it is a Bengali spread they are planning. Any lunch invitation, where a Bengali meal is planned, chances are 90% that you will see Shobji Diye Daal there! Now the name! I guess it is a daaknaam (nickname) kind of a thing; if mix-veg is popularized by North India, let us make Veg Daal a popular kind of Bengali agenda.
What is Bengali Veg Daal | Picnic Special Vegetable Daal | Shobji Diye Moong Dal?
It is already there in the heading I suppose. Bengali-style moong daal cooked with small chunks of seasonal veggies, tempered with whole spices, and flavored with Ghee. And these days, we see this simple Vegetable Daal being called Veg Daal!
Winter special Shobji diye Daal
What I love most about Shobji diye Moong Daal is the use of veggies. Mostly seasonal, such as Green Peas, carrots, Cauliflower, and French Beans. Did I forget anything? Let me think! I have seen people adding a few chunks of potato! At times Cilantro. However, Mostly colorful veggies (as I mentioned) are used. Luckily we can get these veggies all through the year now. If not anything frozen veggies are available. You can make the Shobji diye Daal using those. I do cook Shobji diye dal with frozen veggies once in a while. However, I prefer to wait for winter. I pick the colorful fresh veggies from the local market. Then I Pick a packet of Shona Moong Daal, Jhorna Ghee as well. Then I cook the aromatic Shobji Daal on a lethargic Sunday morning while gulping my 3rd cup of black coffee...Veg Daal is love!
You can skip any veggie that you don't eat from the list mentioned. However, these are the veggies commonly used in Veg Daal aka Shobji diye Moong Daal.
- Yellow Moong Daal (ask for Bengali Shona Moong Daal
- Green Peas
- French Beans
- Coriander Leaves
- Green Chili
- Cumin Seed
- Dry Red Chili
- Bay Leaf
- Green Cardamom
- Cumin Powder
- Turmeric Powder
- Red Chili Powder
- Mustard Oil
See the recipe card for quantities.
Here is the detailed process through pictures to cook Bengali Shobji diye Daal. Check the recipe card for measurements and details.
Dry roast moong daal
Wash the daal.
Pressure cook the daal with Turmeric and Salt
After that, fry Carrot
Fry French beans and Green Peas
Temper the oil with Dry Red Chili, Cumin Seed, and Bay Leaf
Add Tomato and Ginger paste
Add Veggies and cook
Now add boiled Daal and cook
At this point, add Ghee
The Daal is Ready!
As I mentioned, if don't eat any vegetables mentioned, skip them. Needless to say, if you are allergic to some, the same rule applies. If you prefer a low-calorie version of Daal, or you are lactose intolerant, you can skip Ghee as well.
A good old Kadhai is what you need along with a ladle to make the simple Bengali-style Vegetable Daal. Obviously, a chopping board, a good knife, or a bonti.
Try to procure Shona Moong Daal, the smaller variety of Yellow split pea.
Bengali Veg Daal- Frequently Asked Questions
Yellow Split Pea aka Bengali Moong Dal aka Dhuli Moong.
No! Make some other Daal, simple. It would be good as well. Jut different.
Yep! You can go for a permutation combination though.
Here's how I cook Bengali Moong Daal Shobji diye at Debjanir RannagharPrint
Bengali Veg Daal aka Bengali-style moong daal cooked with small chunks of seasonal veggies, tempered with whole spices, and flavored with Ghee!
- 100g Yellow Moong Daal (ask for Bengali Shona Moong Daal)
- 100g Green Peas
- 1 Carrot (small)
- 1 Cauliflower (small)
- 3 French Beans
- 1 Tomato
- 1 Tbsp. Ginger Paste
- ¼ cup Coriander Leaves
- 4 Green Chili
Whole Spices for Tempering
- ½ Tsp. Cumin Seed
- 3 Dry Red Chili
- 3 Bay Leaf
- 1 Tsp. Cumin Powder
- 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1 Tsp. Red Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp. Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- 4 Tbsp. Mustard Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Ghee
- Take Moong daal and dry-roast the daal on low flame till it turns light brown in color.
- There should be a nutty aroma after dry roasting for 2 minutes or so.
- Switch the flame off.
- Wash the daal 2-3 times under running water.
Boiling the Daal in a pressure Cooker
- Take the Daal along with ½ Tsp. of Turmeric Powder and Salt in a pressure cooker.
- Add 3 cups of water and put the lid on along with the vent weight.
- On medium flame cook till the pressure cooker releases pressure 2 times.
- Switch the flame off.
- Wait till the pressure drops completely and then open the lid.
- Mix the boiled moong daal lightly using a ladle.
Boiling the Daal in a vessel without using the pressure cooker
- If you are not using the pressure cooker take the daal along with salt and turmeric powder in a vessel.
- Add 4 cups of water and cook on low flame for 20 minutes after covering with a lid.
- The daal should be properly boiled yet will have texture.
Cutting the veggies for Vegetable Daal
- While the daal is getting boiled, get the veggies ready for the next step.
- Cut Carrots into small cubes and french beans into long strips.
- Separate the floret of cauliflower. There should be small chunks.
- If using fresh green peas, separate them from the pod.
- If using frozen peas, keep soaking those in water before using them.
- Cut strips of Green Chilies and chop coriander leaves (if using).
- Lastly, roughly chop the Tomato.
Cooking the Bengali Shobji Diye Daal
- Take 3 Tbsp. Mustard Oil in a pan and heat it.
- Fry the Cauliflower chunks till those turn light brown in color.
- Strain those from the oil.
- In the remaining oil fry carrots and strain those as well.
- Now fry French beans and Green peas together and strain those as well.
- Add 1 Tbsp. Mustard Oil to the pan.
- Temper the oil with Bay leaf, Cumin seed, and also dry red chilies.
- Cook till the aroma of spices comes from the tempering.
- Now add chopped tomatoes and ginger paste.
- Cook on slow flame for 1 minute.
- Now add the remaining Turmeric Powder and Salt.
- Add Red Chili Powder, Sugar, and Cumin Powder as well.
- Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes on low flame.
- If needed add 1 Tbsp. liquid from the boiled Daal and keep cooking till the oil separates from the mixture.
- Once done, add fried vegetables, and after mixing cook for 2 minutes on low flame.
- Now add boiled daal and give a thorough mix.
- Cook for around 5 minutes on low flame after covering with a lid.
- Check whether all the veggies and daal is well cooked or not.
- The veggies or daal must not be over-boiled.
- Add Ghee and give a light mix.
- This daal should be moderately thick.
- If needed, add ½ cup hot water while boiling the daal and veggies together.
- If using coriander leaves add those while adding the ghee.
- I prefer to skip coriander leaves.
- Serve shobji diye daal hot with steamed rice and your choice of side such as Aloo Bhaja.
- You can either pressure cook the daal or can boil it in a vessel.
- Ghee can be skipped if you are looking for a low-calorie version.
- You can skip sugar as well.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 20
- Category: Side Dish, Lentil
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: Bengali
- Serving Size: 120g
- Calories: 315
- Sugar: 7.7g
- Sodium: 553mg
- Fat: 14.8g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Carbohydrates: 37.1g
- Fiber: 12.1g
- Protein: 11.9g
- Cholesterol: 7mg
Keywords: Veg Daal Recipe, Bengali Veg Daal recipe, Shobji diye Moong daal recipe, Bengali bhaja Moong dal Shobji diye
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