On your weight loss journey, this dal is a must have (recipe inside)

From masoor and toor to chana and moth, there are a variety of pulses you can choose from for good health, and add variety to your diet. But did you know that there is one lentil which is not only known for its fiber content but is also great for weight loss? Nutritionist Simran Vohra recently took to Instagram to tell us all about this “weight loss dal”, which is none other than moong dal – whole and green.

“Moong dal helps in increasing the functioning of cholecystokinin hormone, which makes you feel full after eating and improves your metabolic rate. Thus, it contributes to weight control by preventing you from overeating,” she said.

Easily digestible, this lentil is rich in protein and fibre, and can be eaten every day. “It also helps control blood sugar levels,” he wrote in the caption.

Rich in amino acids, mung beans contain less phytic acid (an antinutrient that inhibits digestion of protein content) than other legumes and grains, according to nutritionist Lavneet Batra, making it a more bioavailable source of protein. “They’re also easily digestible—meaning they’re less likely to cause flatulence, making this, literally, a comfort food!” she mentioned in a post on Instagram.

If you want to eat moong dal, here is a variation of khichdi that you can try, as suggested by Dr. Aparna Govil Bhaskar, a bariatric surgeon, who has shared ‘Bajra with Indianexpress.com’ from her book, Bariatric Recipes shared a recipe for ‘Moong Dal’. – A Global Cookbook.

“This recipe is high in fiber, which helps control blood sugar levels after a meal. This recipe is also an excellent source of vegetarian protein and is gluten and lactose free,” she writes in the book.


2 tbsp – Whole millet
2 tbsp – Moong Dal
10 grams – Tomato
5 grams – coriander leaves
10 grams – capsicum
Ginger garlic and chilli paste as per taste
½ tsp – Ghee
pinch of turmeric powder
a pinch of asafoetida
75 ml – water

Eat something light like green moong to give rest to your digestive health (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Total Energy as per Nutritive Value of Indian Food by National Institute of Nutrition
210 kcal
Protein: 11.2 grams
Fat: 3.8 grams
Carbohydrates: 30.5 grams
Fiber: 8.9 grams


* Soak the millet for half an hour and then grind it coarsely.
* Soak moong dal for half an hour and keep it aside.
* Heat ghee in a cooker and add asafoetida, ginger garlic paste, chili (as per taste). Run it for one minute.
* Add chopped capsicum, millet and moong dal to it and fry for two minutes.
* After this add tomatoes and salt to it.
* Add 75 ml of water to this mixture and pressure cook it for about 15 minutes.
* Allow it to cool and then serve it in a bowl with curry or curd.

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