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masoor dal fry

masoor dal or pink lentils - a simple yet tasty masoor dal recipe. this is an easy masoor dal recipe and good for everyday cooking.

masoor dal is another dal that is often made in indian homes. there are lot of dals or lentils used in indian cuisine in a variety of ways. dal is the generic term used for all lentils in india. also the soup or stew like preparation made with any lentil is called as dal.

so there are many many variations of dal with different lentils being used. each region of india have their own variations. many times i add these lentils with pigeon pea lentils/arhar dal to make dal tadka or combine it with spinach to make palak dal.

these lentils are also used in combination with other 4 lentils to make panchmel dal – a dal made with 5 lentils. some people also add this dal in veggie dishes.

masoor dal
since i often make dal, sabzi, roti or rice at home. so i make some or the other dal recipe almost everyday. and this masoor dal is one of those.

serve the masoor dal with some steamed basmati rice, pickle and papad and you have a comforting indian meal. even a side vegetable raita, cucumber raita or indian veg salad can be accompanied with the masoor dal.

masoor dal fry recipe
if you are looking for more dal recipes then do check chana dal fry, dal fry, punjabi arhar dal frymoong dal tadka and whole masoor dal recipe.

masoor dal recipe below:

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masoor dal - simple and easy dal recipe made with pink lentils. goes well with roti or rice.
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Recipe type: lentils
Cuisine: north indian
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients (american measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • ¾ cup masoor dal or pink lentils
  • 2 cups water for pressure cooking the dal
  • ½ or 1 tsp lemon juice or as required
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomato, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic, crushed or finely chopped (lahsun)
  • ¼ inch ginger, finely chopped (adrak)
  • 1 green chilies, chopped or slit (hari mirch)
  • 1-2 red chilies, whole (sabut lal mirch)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ¼ tsp or ½ red chili powder (organic or homemade chili powder can be just ¼ tsp as they are very strong)
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ or ½ tsp garam masala powder (homemade garam masala powder can be just ¼ tsp)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves, crushed (optional)
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water or as required
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)
  • salt as required
Instructions
  1. pick and rinse the dal well.
  2. pressure cook the masoor dal with 2 cups water, till they become soft and mushy.
  3. the dal also can be cooked in a pot.
  4. just soak the dal for 30-40 minutes, so that they cook faster if cooking in a pot.
  5. adjust the quantity of water as required
  6. when the dal is cooked, beat with a wooden spoon or wired whisk lightly.
  7. keep the cooked dal aside.
  8. in another pan or pot, heat oil or ghee. fry the cumin seeds till browned.
  9. then add onions and fry till they are light browned.
  10. add chopped ginger and garlic. stir and fry for 10-15 seconds.
  11. add green chilies and red chilies. stir.
  12. add all the dry spice powders one by one including asafoetida and stir.
  13. add the tomatoes and fry till the oil separates and the tomatoes become soft.
  14. add the cooked dal. pour 1.5 to 2 cups water. you can adjust the quantity of water as required.
  15. add salt and stir. simmer the masoor dal for 6-7 minutes more on a low or medium flame till you get the desired consistency.
  16. this dal is neither thick nor thin and has a medium consistency.
  17. lastly add kasuri methi and simmer for 1 minute.
  18. towards the end add lemon juice and 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and stir the masoor dal.
  19. serve masoor dal hot with steamed basmati rice or roti or chappati.
  20. you can also garnish masoor dal with coriander leaves if you want while serving the dal.


Comments

  1. Sue says

    Bummer, whenever we try making an Indian lentil dish, it smells like it has flavoured but it’s bland. Even from our friends grandmas recipie. Which we followed to a tee. Hmm. Can anyone help. Just made this one, and didn’t have a few ingredients. Do the chilies make this spicy? And where do I buy them.
    Can the other not common spices be found at bulk barn?
    Tnx a bunch. Would like to attempt this again with all the ingredients
    Sue

    • says

      yup chilies do make them spicy. but it depends on how many you add. as i mentioned before, in the absence of whole chilies, you can use the cayenne pepper. just increase the quantity depending upon the heat to 1/2 tsp or 1 tsp… 1 tsp would really make it more spicy and hot. i am not sure what is bulk barn. most of the indian spices and herbs you will get at an asian or indian store. you can also buy them online.

  2. Sue says

    Trying to make this for supper tonight as both hubby and daughter love lentil dishes . Can red chili powder be substituted for cayenne or reg chili powder that is used for chili? Also, don’t have either green or red chilies . Will it still taste good? I only have garam, for. Corriander, cumin seeds and turmeric
    Tnx. Sue

    • says

      late in replying, but next time you can add add cayenne pepper as sub for red chilli powder. if you don’t have green chilies or red chilies, just use cayenne pepper. green chilies as well as red chilies give a bit of smoky flavor and heat to the dal. even with garam masala, turmeric, cumin seeds and coriander powder the dal tastes good.

  3. Priti chakrabarty says

    Dear dassana I am looking for vegetarian recipes using (summer) seasonal vegetables. Can you help me?

    • says

      after rinsing soak the lentils in water for an hour. drain and then add the soaked lentils to a pot. add about 3.5 to 4 cups water to the lentils. add a few drops of oil and turmeric powder. cover and cook the lentils. if the water begins to froth and bubble, then remove the lid or cover it partly and continue to cook the lentils till they become mushy. if the water becomes less, then add some hot water. once the lentils are cooked, then follow the recipe.

  4. Kelly says

    I just made this and it tastes wonderful!! Such great comfort food!! Thank you for sharing this recipe

  5. aparna says

    5 stars for this simple and lovely dal. i have already made this twice and this is sure to become a staple in our household! thanks so much!

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