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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Masoor dal (Pink lentil)

Masoor dal is a pink color lentil which is very commonly made in Indian households. It is good for everyday cooking.It is usually used to make Khichdi or it can also be combined with other dals to make a mixed dal in Indian cuisine.


Masoor Dal or Red lentils: 1 cup
Onion: 1 (medium)
Tomatoes: 3
Green chillies: 2
Red chilly powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: a pinch
Ginger- Garlic paste: 1 tbsp
Salt: to taste
Cilantro: 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Red chilly (dried): 2
Cumin powder: 1 tsp


  1. Wash Masoor Dal 2 or 3 times until the water is clear and soak it in some water.
  2. In a wok, pour some oil and throw some cumin seeds and dried red chilly, once cumin starts to splutter, add finely chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent.
  3. Then add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and red chilly powder,stir it well and add diced tomatoes.
  4. Once the tomatoes become like a pulp, then add masoor dal and pour around 1 1/2 cup water. Stir it well and cover the wok and let it cook for 15 minutes. 
  5. Masoor Dal can easily become soft and mushy in a pot without the use of a pressure cooker, but if you are in a rush you can pressure cook it for about 5 minutes.
  6. When Dal becomes soft then whisk it and add salt, cumin powder, slit green chillies lengthwise and add them and some cilantro.
  7. Let it cook for more 5 minutes, if you want you can add some more water depending on what consistency you like, masoor dal is usually made of thick consistency.
  8. Then turn off the flame and serve masoor dal while it is hot with plain rice, pickle or naan.

Hope you like this recipe, feel free to comment if you have any queries or suggestions.

Happy Cooking!!! :)

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