masoor dal recipe, how to make masoor dal | easy masoor dal recipe

by dassana amit updated December 16, 2013

masoor dal

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, moong dal tadka and whole masoor dal recipe.

masoor dal recipe details below:

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masoor dal - simple and easy dal recipe made with pink lentils. goes well with roti or rice.
Recipe type: lentils
Cuisine: north indian
Serves: 2-3
  • 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
  • ¼ inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilies, chopped or slit
  • 1-2 red chilies, whole
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 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
  • ¼ or ½ tsp garam masala powder (homemade garam masala powder can be just ¼ tsp)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 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
  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.
  9. fry the cumin seeds till browned.
  10. then add onions and fry till they are light browned.
  11. add chopped ginger and garlic.
  12. stir and fry for 10-15 seconds.
  13. add green chilies and red chilies. stir.
  14. add all the dry spice powders one by one including asafoetida and stir.
  15. add the tomatoes and fry till the oil separates and the tomatoes become soft.
  16. add the cooked dal.
  17. pour 1.5 to 2 cups water. you can adjust the quantity of water as required.
  18. add salt and stir.
  19. simmer the masoor dal for 6-7 minutes more on a low or medium flame till you get the desired consistency.
  20. this dal is neither thick nor thin and has a medium consistency.
  21. lastly add kasuri methi and simmer for 1 minute.
  22. towards the end add lemon juice and 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and stir the masoor dal.
  23. serve masoor dal hot with steamed basmati rice or roti or chappati.
  24. you can also garnish masoor dal with coriander leaves if you want while serving the dal.

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Marcella April 13, 2014 1

I do not have access to a pressure cooker; how do I alter the recipe?


dassana amit April 14, 2014 2

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.


Kelly March 1, 2014 3

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


dassana amit March 1, 2014 4

welcome kelly


aparna August 15, 2013 5

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!


dassana August 15, 2013 6

thanks aparna for the five star rating :-)


aparna July 2, 2013 7

one of the healthiest lentil :) weekly once i prepare !