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Masoor Dal –Red Lentil Stew

April 28, 2011


Dal in general is a true soul food for any Indian at heart.  I relish any kind of dal with simple steamed rice.  Arhar or Tool and Moong dals top the chart but I am in mood for something different today.   Hummm….. I searched my pantry high and low and I found a jar of Masoor Dal/Red Lentil .  Now Masoor Dal is not frequently made in my kitchen, but whenever I do, is it enjoyed by all. This delicious, simple, and healthy recipe is an easy way to spruce up your everyday menu.


2/3 Cup Masoor Dal (Red Lentil or Kali Dal)

1 Medium Tomato Chopped

2 Cloves Garlic Finely Chopped/minced

1 Tsp Minced Ginger

1 Green Chili

2 Red Whole Chilies

½ Tsp Turmeric

½ Tsp Red Chili Powder

¼ Tsp Garam Masala

½ Tsp Coriander Powder

½ Tsp Mustard Seeds

1 ½ Tbsp Oil or Ghee

Salt to taste

Pinch of Asafetida

Coriander leaves for garnishing



  1. Cook Dal in a pressure cooker or by boiling.
  2. Using a hand blender, pulse crush it to thicken and homogenize a little.
  3. In a sauce pan, heat oil until hot.  You can test it by adding a few Mustard Seed and if they pop , oil is ready.
  4. Add Mustard Seeds, Asafetida, and Whole Red Chilies. Cook it for a few seconds.
  5. Add Tomato, Ginger, Garlic, and Green Chili.  Mix and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add Turmeric, Red Chili Powder, Garam Masala, Coriander Powder, and Salt. Cook until oil separates.
  7. Add Dal, Mix and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add water if needed.
  8. Again, Add water if dal has become thick.   I like medium consistency dal, so amount of H2O you add is up to you.


Garnish with Coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Smitha permalink
    May 5, 2011 11:18 am

    Hi Meghna

    Thanks for your delectable recipe and a charming shot! Love Masoor dal and always enjoyed it with hot rice 🙂

    Smitha @ Kannadacuisine

  2. April 28, 2011 11:15 pm

    PS – Your photos are fantastic!

    • April 28, 2011 11:31 pm

      Thank You! You have Gorgeous photographs too… and I agree bad thing about vacation is that it has to come to an end….

  3. April 28, 2011 11:15 pm

    Daal will forever be one of my favorite things to eat…I love how easy it is to cook and it freezes fabulously.

    Thank you for a lovely recipe! I can’t wait to try it.

  4. April 28, 2011 8:24 pm

    you want to know something funny … i don’t like daal much 🙂 Having said this, there are days when I just want plain masoor daal, white rice, slice of lemon and may be pickle or fish fry. Daal is for sure the more comforting meal!

  5. April 28, 2011 4:10 pm

    Nothing tastes better than a comforting bowl of daal with steaming plain rice. I also make it nearly the same way. Delicious isn’t it?

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