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Masoor Dal

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Masoor Dal

Masoor dal is not a regular lentil in my kitchen but when I do prepare it, this dal is much loved and relished by all at home. A versatile dal that each time I prepare its a variation from the one prepared earlier. The recipe featured today is a vibrant colored dal finished with asafoetida infused cumin-red chillis leaves tadka in ghee which brightened up the dal. Loved the creamy texture of the dal with wonderful flavors, none overwhelming their counterparts. Rotis with masoor dal, yogurt and raw carrots was our lunch today. Simple foods are such a joy, aren’t they? :)

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Masoor Dal ~ Red Lentils

Masoor Dal Recipe

Preparation: 25 mts

Serves 3-4 persons

Cuisine: North Indian

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Ingredients:

1 cup masoor dal

big pinch turmeric pwd

1 green chilli, slit lengthwise

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 tomato, finely chopped

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp coriander pwd

pinch of cumin pwd

1/4 tsp red chilli pwd (adjust)

1/2 tsp grated ginger

few curry leaves

salt to taste

1/2 tbsp oil

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1-2 dry red chilli, de-seed and tear

pinch of asafoetida

2 tsps ghee

1 In a pressure cooker, place a cup of masoor dal and turmeric pwd, 2 cups of water and pressure cook upto 2 whistles. If cooking over stove top, cook till the dal is soft. Mash dal, add half a cup of water and salt. You can add more water if you want a watery consistency. Keep aside.
2 Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add curry leaves, green chilli, grated ginger and coriander pwd, cumin pwd and red chilli pwd and over low flame let the oil be infused with these spice pwds for a few seconds. Add the onions and saute for 4 mts. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 4 mts.
3 Add the cooked dal to this mixture and combine. Cook for 8 mts over low to medium flame.
4 In a separate pan, heat oil for seasoning. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the red chillis and asafoetida and turn off heat. Pour this seasoning over the dal and serve with rotis or white rice.

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Rotis with Masoor dal, raw carrots and yogurt
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By • Apr 18th, 2009 • Category: All Recipes, Indian Dal Recipes, Indian Lentil Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes, North Indian Recipes

  • http://www.meesosweetandspicy.blogspot.com meeso

    The picture is great, really shows off such simple food!

  • http://vishuskitchen.blogspot.com/ Vishali

    Love the masoor dal Shailaja garu….I was planning to make it too.

  • Nimisha

    …great…i have almost two bags of Masoor dal in my kitchen brought by my roommate. i never tried it before so was not sure what kinda spices go with it..but i have tried and so trust your recipe…just in time u have posted this recipe.. thank you

  • http://kalyanikitchen.blogspot.com/ Kalyani

    Hi Sailu,
    I never tried this dal … It looks great … will try soon … thanks sailu …

  • http://cilantro-cilantro.blogspot.com/ Cilantro

    Lovely! It is not a regular at my home too. I only use them with a combination with other dals. Tempting simple meal

  • http://www.sailusfood.com Sudha

    pics r looking yummy yummy…:)

  • sruthi

    Dal looks yummy
    Your roti’s look perfect, can u please post a recipe to make perfect roti’s (or pulkha’s)
    thank you

  • http://www.alaivani.com Jennifer

    I love masoor dhal! I like to mix masoor, toor, val and moong dhals into one very tasty, nutritious dish!

  • http://www.divya-dilse.blogspot.com Divya Vikram

    Simplicity at its best! Love the tadka!

  • http://www.thayirsaadham.com Indhu

    this looks soo yummy :)
    I made this the other day and you are so right about simple foods being a joy!

  • http://nofrillscooking.blogspot.com lucky sanjana

    hey…….. i love masoor day as well……but after i marriage i switched to tuvar dal…….and ofcourse i like tuvar much better………..but ive never tried making masoor the way you have……..would love to give it a shot.

  • http://mybabynaren.blogspot.com/ Shobana

    I do have a packet of masoor dhal that I won in a raffle a while ago and was wondering what to do with it. Maybe I can give this a try!

  • http://simplysindhirecipes.com Avisha

    Nice recipe. We Sindhis also have a similar dish called Malkaan ji Daal.

  • http://maninas.wordpress.com/ Maninas

    Im a huge fan of masoor dal! Thanks for recipe.

  • http://www.love4cooking.blogspot.com mahek

    wow!!!
    I always wanted a recipe for masoor dal and here i find a great one .
    Its a sure dish to be made by me….
    thanks for this lovely dal recipe

  • pr117

    Dear sailu garu,
    Amazing photo. Very nice recipe.
    For different taste sometimes I use masoor & toor dal(kandi pappu) in equal quantity. In tadka I use garlic(cut into small pieces) also. In mixed daal also, massor make texute very smooth and gives different taste each time depending on quantity used. (Jennifer’s recipe)

  • pr117

    Sailu garu,
    Whole red lentils also taste very good. Much healthier.
    They can also be cooked in same way.

  • http://maaintivanta-uma.blogspot.com/ Uma

    Hello Sailaja,
    Fellow Vizagite (very nostalgic about that), living in NJ now. I have seen a couple of your food pictures in ads for Restaurants here in NJ. Great going. Please check my blog at your leisure.

  • http://dishesfrommykitchen.blogspot.com pavithra

    Nice pictures… tempting

  • Mala

    Hi,

    I like all your receipes, i have tried a few also. I always take a print out of the receipes, but that dosent stay for longtime as the print erases. I would like to know if you have printed any book and where it is available so that i can buy the book.

  • http://www.curryinkadai.blogspot.com kalva

    next time im gonna try this way

  • http://cookadoodledo.blogspot.com SGD

    Hi!
    A first time to your blog! Nice recipe of Masoor Dal.
    Incidentally, Masoor Dal is a staple diet at our place….I cook it almost every day!
    One of the most common preparations on a hot summer afternoon to be savoured with a dash of lemon juice is :
    http://cookadoodledo.blogspot.com/2009/02/mushurir-dal.html

  • http://ammascooking,blogspot.com Shreya

    Love the pic, simple homecooked meal. I have never made masoor dal, and will surely try this recipe…

  • http://prasukitchen.blogspot.com prasu

    loved the picture.will surely give a try.
    Hi Sailu, can u please visit my new blog: prasukitchen.blogspot.com and let me know ur suggestions.

  • http://ahomemakersdiary.blogspot.com Sayantani

    for us bengalis masoor daal is a staple with rice. but loved your vibrant daal pic. will definitely try this one with rotis.

  • k

    When you mean pressure cook for 2 whistles… what exactly do you mean? (I am a newbie with a new pressure cooker).

    Heat at “high” till the cooker whistles twice… then… should I turn off the cooker?? Or should I keep it on a low heat and then turn it off some time? So very confused.

    Thanks :)

    While cooking masoor dal, you can heat at ‘high’ till two whistles and turn off heat.

  • kranti

    my family loves all ur dishes ….i am trying them all. As we are from andhra background it makes it even more special. thanks a lot …
    i cant stop myself from trying ur dishes …my mother also loves ur site even though she is great cook but small changes made lot of difference.

  • http://smmirza.blogspot.com Shilpa

    Hello Sailu,
    I tried the dal today. It came out absolutely yummy! I did not have red chillies for chonk. So, I made a chonk of garlic instead of it. It still came out very tasty. My roommate enjoyed it too! Thanks a lot for sharing this!

  • Shelley(Sri Lankan)

    Dear Mrs. Sailu;

    I found this recipe very useful. How much of water do I add for 1 cup of dhal? How do I mash the cooked dhal?

    • pradee

      Dear Mrs. Sailu,
      you can add 3 Litrs of water for 1 cup of dal. for masing you can use a big iron hammer….

  • Nikita

    I made it today and is absolutely delicious. Simple food tastes good…
    Thanks

  • Robin Betts

    Tried it today .. really nicely balanced .. you’re right. I always wanted a good recipe for this dal, which is the easiest to get, here in the UK.

    I wanted a little sourness, so I added a 1/2 tsp of tamarind concentrate at the end. (Sorry .. I guess that comes from the wrong end of the country?) Maybe 1/2 tsp of lime or lemon juice would do the same to it.

  • Robin Betts

    Tried it today .. really nicely balanced .. you’re right. I always wanted a good recipe for this dal, which is the easiest to get, here in the UK.

    I wanted a little sourness, so I added a 1/2 tsp of tamarind concentrate at the end. (Sorry .. I guess that comes from the wrong end of the country?) Maybe 1/2 tsp of lime or lemon juice would do the same to it.

  • Robin Betts

    Tried it today .. really nicely balanced .. you’re right. I always wanted a good recipe for this dal, which is the easiest to get, here in the UK.

    I wanted a little sourness, so I added a 1/2 tsp of tamarind concentrate at the end. (Sorry .. I guess that comes from the wrong end of the country?) Maybe 1/2 tsp of lime or lemon juice would do the same to it.

  • Robin Betts

    Tried it today .. really nicely balanced .. you’re right. I always wanted a good recipe for this dal, which is the easiest to get, here in the UK.

    I wanted a little sourness, so I added a 1/2 tsp of tamarind concentrate at the end. (Sorry .. I guess that comes from the wrong end of the country?) Maybe 1/2 tsp of lime or lemon juice would do the same to it.

  • Robin Betts

    Tried it today .. really nicely balanced .. you’re right. I always wanted a good recipe for this dal, which is the easiest to get, here in the UK.

    I wanted a little sourness, so I added a 1/2 tsp of tamarind concentrate at the end. (Sorry .. I guess that comes from the wrong end of the country?) Maybe 1/2 tsp of lime or lemon juice would do the same to it.

  • Doctorbiebs

    you didn’t say anything about that 2 tbsp ghee…

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  • moinu,tokyo

    when my mother cooking,
    everyday no Masoor Dal curry no eat
    everyday must be need Masoor Dal curry