Awadhi Moong Dal Ki Goli Recipe – Lentil Dumplings In Tomato Gravy

Awadhi Moong Dal Ki Goli Recipe is spicy curried green lentil balls that comes from Awadhi Cuisine. Green Lentils soaked and ground with spices are shaped into lemon sized dumplings, later curried in a spicy tomato gravy. Moong Dal Ki Goli is a quintessential dish that is quite popular in parts of Uttar Pradesh like Kanpur, Lucknow etc.  Green Moong Dal (Whole), Oil, Ginger Garlic Paste, Garam masala powder, Red Chilli powder, Tomato, Onion, Salt, Tomato, Onion, Red Chilli powder, Turmeric powder (Haldi), Garlic, Oil, Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, Anardana Powder (Pomegranate Seed Powder), Ginger, Green Chilli, Coriander (Dhania) Leaves   200 grams Green Moong Dal (Whole) Oil , as needed 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder 1/2 Tomato , chopped 1/2 Onion , chopped Salt , as needed For the curry: 1 Tomato , chopped 1 Onion , chopped 1/4 teaspoon Red Chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 1/2 teaspoon Garlic , finely chopped Oil , as required 2 tablespoons Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped (for garnish) 2 tablespoons Anardana Powder (Pomegranate Seed Powder) , to garnish 1/2 teaspoon Ginger , finely chopped 1 Green Chilli , chopped 2 tablespoons Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped     20   25     To prepare Awadhi Moong Dal Ki Goli Recipe (Lentil Dumplings In Tomato Gravy), wash and soak the moong dal in water for two hours before cooking. Overnight soaking is best suggested.Drain water and transfer the soaked dal in a grinder jar and grind the dal into a smooth batter with the ginger-garlic paste, salt to taste, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, and a dash of water. Heat a little oil in a pan and add the dal batter and keep stirring for a few minutes till it thickens slightly. This might take 10-12 mins.Now add 1/2 tomato, onion, chopped garlic and ginger. Stir again till it becomes a thick and sticky mixture. Keep aside to cool.Once the mixture is cool enough, roll small amounts of it into medium lemon sized balls also known as goli.Now heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and add the onion, tomato, garlic, and ginger.Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and saute for some time.Then add half of the chopped coriander leaves, green chilli and  water as required. Mix well and cook for 5-6 mins in low to medium flames.Once the gravy thickens, gently place the moong dal golis in the curry and cook for another 5-7 minute. Mix well and serve Awadhi Moong Dal Ki Goli Recipe (Lentil Dumplings In Tomato Gravy) with plain white rice with a dollop of ghee. You can also pair it up with your choice of Indian bread.