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Moong Dal Rice Recipe With Coconut

Easy one pot, kid friendly, south Indian style yellow moong dal rice with coconut and spices is so easy to make and delicious too. Enjoy with any of your favorite vegetarian curry, coconut, chutney or pickles.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 407kcal


  • 1 cup White Basmati rice
  • 1 cup Yellow Moong Dal skin removed yellow mung beans
  • 1 cup grated coconut or coconut flakes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt adjust a sneeded


  • 2 teaspoons crushed ginger optional
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder

For seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 4 red chilies optional
  • 1 string curry leaves optional


  • Wash the rice and yellow moong dal, soak in water for about half an hour (this is an optional step and you can skip this step if you are in a hurry, but soaking adds softness to the rice and dal).
  • After half an hour drain the water and lightly rinse the rice and dal again, keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and when the oil is hot enough, splutter the cumin seeds and then fry the red chilies and curry leaves.
  • Add the crushed ginger to the oil and fry till slightly browned.
  • Add the ghee, rice and moong dal also to the pan and saute for a few minutes.
  • Add the coconut, salt and fry again for few seconds.
  • Add the spices - turmeric powder and red chili powder and mix well, saute for another 1 minute.
  • When the mixture is hot, add add the water and salt and bring it to a boil.
  • When the water starts boiling, mix everything gently and then close the pan and cook for 10 minutes in low heat.
  • After the 10 minutes, open the pan and see if the water is all absorbed. If there is still water, keep the pan opened cook for about one minute so that the remaining water will get absorbed. The simple and tasty dal rice is ready to serve hot! Salads, yogurt, raitha, pickles or any vegetarian side dishes can go great with this simple dal rice, but if you don't have any, you can have it as it is, and it is really a one pot meal you can enjoy without anything on the side.


Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 650mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 51.6mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3.9mg