Heat oil or ghee moderately and sautée seeds in soup pot. Add bay or curry leaves.
Put mung dal in pot with 3 cups of water, being to boil and then simmer til soft. Medium heat, uncovered for about 30 minutes. Stir to prevent sticking. Add the last 3 cups of water and simmer for another 20 minutes. Add turmeric, masala, salt and pepper.
I love adding greens towards the end!