Moong Dal Toast or Lentil Toast is a delicious, crispy and healthy breakfast or snack recipe prepared using Moong or Mung Dal (yellow lentil) and bread. A mix of moong dal (yellow lentil), finely chopped vegetables and spices is spread on bread slices which is then toasted till golden & crispy. As lentils are high source of protein, these toasts are more filling & healthy than cheese or buttered toast.
These Dal toasts can be made in following two ways and both the methods are explained in this post :
- In Pan
- In Air Fryer
These crispy Moong Dal toasts have become favourite breakfast dish at our house. It takes such less time & effort in preparing them that even I don’t mind making them every other day. The recipe is quite flexible as you can add any veggies of your choice. The quantity of spices or seasoning is totally adjustable. You can easily give these toasts in kids lunch box too.
The Dal mixture which we will be spreading on our bread slices is completely vegan & gluten free. So if you are looking for vegan or gluten free breakfast, then this recipe is perfect as long as you are using vegan/gluten free bread.
Lentils are great source of protein in vegan and vegetarian diet. Being a vegetarian myself, I try to include them as much as possible in our everyday diet. This lentil toast or moong dal toast taste absolutely flavoursome & also add the necessary boost of protein in your breakfast or snack .
More Lentil Recipes you might like :
- Urad Dal Paratha (Lentil Flatbread)
- Dal Fry (Yellow Lentil curry)
- Mixed Dal Dosa (Crispy Lentil Crepes)
Washing & Soaking the Lentil (Moong Dal):
This step is most important in this recipe as we will not be cooking moong dal for these toasts. Make sure you first wash it well under running water while scrubbing with your fingers to get rid of all dust & impurities. Then soak it for at least 3-4 hours. This soaking time softens the lentil and makes it easily grind-able. You can soak it overnight also if you are planning to make it for breakfast next day.
I have also shared a youtube video for this recipe. The written recipe is below the video :
Which types of bread can be used for making Moong Dal Toasts?
You can use white , whole wheat, multigrain or any bread of your choice for making these toasts. You can even take vegan or gluten free bread slices and prepare these lentil toasts with it.
List of Ingredients :
- Moong Dal (Small Yellow Lentil)-3/4 cup
- Bread Slices – 6 to 8
- Chopped Onions-1/4 cup
- Chopped Carrots-1/4 cup
- Chopped Capsicum-1/4 cup
- Chopped Coriander-2 tbsp
- Green Chilli-1
- Ginger-1 inch piece
- Salt- 3/4 tsp (to taste)
- Cumin seeds (Jeera)-1/2 tsp
- Red Chilli Powder-1/4 tsp (to taste)
- Garam Masala- 1/4 tsp
- Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- 1/2 tsp
- Sesame seeds (Til)- 2 tsp
- Oil – For cooking
1. If you don’t have fresh ginger you can use ginger paste.
2. Some people avoid the use of red chilli powder. You can skip it or replace it with crushed black pepper (kali mirch).
3. Instead of oil, you can also use ghee or butter for cooking.
Steps To Prepare:
Take Moong dal in a bowl and rinse it well with water while scrubbing with fingers. This is to wash off all the dust & impurities. Discard this water and fill with fresh water. Soak moong dal in it for 3-4 hours. If you are planning to make it in breakfast then you can soak dal a night before.
(Moong Dal is small yellow lentil which is basically dehusked split whole green gram)
Add this soaked dal in a grinding jar along with ginger piece, green chilli and cumin seeds. Add 2-3 tbsp of water & grind it to form thick paste. Don’t add too much water as we don’t want the batter to be thin.
Add salt, remaining spices & all the chopped vegetables to this grounded moong daal. Mix well. If you like spices on higher side, increase the amount of red chilli powder or black pepper.
Spread some of this lentil mixture on a bread slice. Sprinkle some sesame seeds (til) on the toast. Brush oil on non stick pan and keep the side with lentil(Dal) mix facing downwards. Gently press it with spatula & let it cook on medium flame till it becomes crispy.
Brush some oil on plain side of bread. Flip the toast & let the other side cook too.
Delicious & healthy moong Dal Toasts are ready!! Enjoy them with ketchup or with fresh coriander mint dip (The air fryer method is explained after this).
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Moong Dal Toast in Air Fryer
If you are making this moong dal toast in air fryer add some 1-2 teaspoon or oil or ghee in the dal batter. This prevents the toast from drying. The recipe will remain same as above only the cooking steps will change.
Take bread slices & spread the above lentil mix (prepared in step 3) on them. Dab some oil on top. The oil gives a nice golden colour on top. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and press them gently.
Preheat the air fryer at 180 degree Celsius. Once it is preheated, place these bread slice in air fryer basket & air fry for 5-7 minutes till they become crispy & golden brown.
The time varies from brand to brand, so keep an eye after 5 minutes.
Serve these delicious cripsy healthy Lentil Toasts with ketchup or any dip fo your choice.
- If by mistake you have made the dal or lentil mix too thin, add some chickpea flour (besan) to get its consistency right.
- You can try a variation of these lentil toast where the dal mixture is applied on both sides of the toast and then roasted on pan. This way you will consume more lentil in every slice.
Some more healthy breakfast options:
- Eggless Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
- Eggless Savoury Vegetable Muffins
- Instant Moong Dal Idli
- Mango Overnight Oats Chia Seed Pudding
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