Moong dal, tiny and shiny
I am ISO some real tasty moong dal. I am looking for the smooth shiny very small grain skinless dal.
I have looked for it in every store in ElCamino Real, Univ Av in Berkeley, Santos warehouse and most chinese/vietnamese grocery stores in San Jose. I've even searched online and called some stores in the east coast.
All I have found is thick dull leathery looking coarse grains coated with metanil-yellow dye , which taste nothing like what I have actually used for the last 2 years
( brought a big pack from India ;-) )
The dal I am looking for cooks in less than 5 min in a pressure cooker and never ever lumps up, even if overcooked.
This is my fav dal , cooked with just some salt and turmeric and topped with ghee. And the taste is super divine.
Is there any store which has a pound or two or five of this dal ? I know no Indian restaurant cooks with this variety of moong dal, they all use the cheap big-grain variety .
hmm, I usually buy my mung beans (moong dal) at a Korean supermarket (any one will have it), but I wasn't aware of the gradation of mung beans that you mention - the "cheap big-grain variety" versus the small ones you are looking for. The bag I have now, which is typical of Korean mung beans, contains grains that are a little less than 1/2 centimeter long and about 1/4 centimeter wide. The ingredient list states just mung beans, no dye. They are naturally yellow, but not shiny; the ones with husk are olive green. I have used this type of mung bean in the past to make Indian dal and have never experienced clumping (didn't even know that was possible). I enjoyed the dal, but wouldn't describe it as "super divine."
It is possible, of course, that the variety you seek, since you mention you brought it from India, just isn't available in this country.