masoor dal recipe, how to make whole masoor dal or sabut masoor dal

by dassana amit updated October 21, 2013

whole masoor dal: north indian whole masoor dal recipe

whole masoor dal recipe - one of the easy and breezy dals i make at home is from sabut masoor – whole lentil dal (brown-skinned lentils which are orange inside).

this sabut masoor dal recipe is how we prepare at home. the dal is not thin nor thick but has a medium consistency. adding cream is optional but it does enhances the taste of the masoor dal.

whole masoor dal

the masoor dal can be relished with rice, rotis or even bread. you can also just have it plain like a soup.

the photos are also quick shots that i took. most of the food pics i take are always quick pics with minimal or no styling as the hubby is always waiting… i will have to keep him waiting more if i click photos lazily and keep on changing the styling and the angles.

masoor dal recipe north indian

so there i add the dal or curry in the bowl and just take some shots manually. thats it…..  in two to three minutes i have captured the food pics :-)

recipe of masoor dal

if you are planning to prepare dal at home then do check these dal recipes - masoor daldal makhani, dal tadka, palak dal, panchmel dal and chana dal fry.

whole masoor dal recipe details below:

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whole masoor dal – north indian style
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spiced dal made from whole masoor dal/pink lentils
Recipe type: main
Cuisine: north indian
Serves: 3-4
  • 1 cup whole masoor dal
  • 2.5 to 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste or crushed ginger-garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp punjabi garam masala powder or regular garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp crushed kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp cream (optional)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • a few chopped coriander leaves or some crushed kasuri methi or cream for garnishing
  • salt as required
  1. pick and rinse the lentils.
  2. if you have time you can soak the lentils for some 30-40 minutes.
  3. or else just pressure cook the lentils with 2.5 to 3 cups water till they are cooked soft.
  4. heat oil for tempering the dal in the pan.
  5. fry the cumin first.
  6. then add the onions.
  7. now fry till the onions are browned.
  8. this is an important step in making this dal.
  9. you have to brown the onions as the browning gives a lot of flavor and taste to the dal.
  10. add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute or till the raw aroma of ginger garlic disappears.
  11. add the tomatoes and fry again for a few minutes till the tomatoes become soft.
  12. finally add all the dry powders, except garam masala powder and kasuri methi.
  13. mix well.
  14. now add this mixture to the cooked masoor or add the masoor dal to the tempering… whatever suits you.
  15. mix well and add salt.
  16. simmer the dal on a low or medium flame. if the dal is too thick then add some hot water to get the right consistency.
  17. mash some dal with your ladle or spoon at the sides of the pan. this is done to get a creamier consistency.
  18. finally add the cream, punjabi garam masala powder and crushed kasuri methi. stir. switch off the burner.
  19. the masoor dal is ready to be served with some basmati rice or rotis.
  20. garnish the masoor dal with kasuri methi or cream or chopped coriander leaves.
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Serving size: 3-4

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Richa March 21, 2014 1

it is looking good as like Makani dal.


Mina March 16, 2014 2

This recipe is for most the best to perfection. Anyone trying it for the first time need to search no more.
give this a try!!!


dassana amit March 17, 2014 3

thanks mina for the positive feedback.


Preeti March 8, 2014 4

Very yum! Made for a good change from the recipe I normally follow from here:, which is also good.

Your recipe was a bit more complex in taste and still very easy to follow. Am definitely bookmarking


dassana amit March 8, 2014 5

thanks preeti for the feedback.


Heena January 22, 2014 6

Hello there,

Last night I was looking for whole masoor dal recipe and I found yours. I made it and it was a hit with my family. The kids and my husband loved it. I followed your instructions carefully especially about the part of frying the onions well without burning them. It always makes such a difference when one works with attention to all the finer points. Only the colour of the dal I made was slightly different but that was because I added a lot more of Amul fresh cream to it. It was very very tasty and I will definitely be adding this to my repertoire of easy everyday cooking.

Thank you Dassana. Keep it up. Your blog is wonderful and was quite a life saver for me when I just wanted to grab a quick cooking dal out of the fridge and make a meal of it for my family.


dassana amit January 23, 2014 7

thanks a lot heena. glad to know your family enjoyed the meal. paying attention to the details makes a lot of difference whilst cooking. in fact something as small as mustard seeds if not crackled while tempering, dampens the flavor somewhere.


lakshmy January 13, 2014 8

Thank you so much for this recipe.My four year old son and my husband liked it so much that they are asking me to make it so often and they are not complaining for the same repeat recipe.thanks a lot.Easy to make and very healthy.


dassana amit January 13, 2014 9

welcome lakshmy. glad to know that everybody liked this dal recipe. you can also try other dal recipes too. my personal favorite is dal tadka or dal fry.


Annu January 10, 2014 10

Thanks Dassana for this dish!, my daughter loved it so much that for the 1st time she wanted me to pack rice with this dal for her school tiffin :-)


dassana amit January 10, 2014 11

thanks annu for this sweet comment.


Tejashri January 4, 2014 12

Ur recipies are too good thanku soo much


dassana amit January 6, 2014 13

thanks tejashri.


Pallavi November 22, 2013 14

Hi Dassana!!

I am a big fan of all your recipes. You make it loo so easy. And evetthing that I have tried turns out so yummy. And 100 points to you for presentation! Thanks so much for taking time out for all this. I am sure its helping millions of people like me :)


dassana November 22, 2013 15

thanks pallavi for this positive feedback. its nice to know that the website is helpful to you. happy cooking.


Harshita September 23, 2013 16

Came across your blog today. I love the photography and recipes. And for a amateur cook like me, step by step images are life saving.



dassana September 23, 2013 17

thanks harshita. keep visiting and do try some recipes.


Kamala April 23, 2013 18

I tried this dal today. Very very tasty. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.


dassana April 23, 2013 19

welcome kamala


Pam April 11, 2013 20

you have made my husband and I very happy, so glad I found dassana’s recipe in your file. so very nice, I’ve impressed my husband I think. my onions were cooked with care and love….so pretty. thank you muchly! I will make this again, he said i must!


dassana April 11, 2013 21



Pam April 12, 2013 22

I made the Punjabi garam masala powder recipe you had linked btw. thanks for that recipe also, I now have a fresh supply on hand. it sure was fun making this dish!


sunny peter April 10, 2013 23

will keep in touch either way


anureit March 23, 2013 24

My favorite.
This is the first recipe I tried in kitchen after marriage.
My husband called me back from office and said u should send more chappatis with this dal.
In my office everyone loved it.
You rock


dassana March 24, 2013 25

thanks anu. glad to know this.


namra jamil February 3, 2013 26

it was a great experience to cook masoor daal in this authentic way….


Hina February 3, 2013 27

Love your pics! you are a talented photographer. Every other week I make this dal and you showed me a different way of cooking it. What I do I put everything expect onions in the pressure cooker and cooked it until it is tender. Then I fry onions until they are brown and put it on the dal (it always comes out delicious). Next time I will be trying your recipe to see if it taste different or even more yummier. Thank you Dassana.


dassana February 3, 2013 28

thanks hina. frying the onions and adding to the dal will for sure make it tasty. even i do this method sometimes. do try this method too.


Kavya January 24, 2013 29

Tried this recipe.. Turned out awesome… Thank you ! :)


dassana January 25, 2013 30

thanks kavya.


Shivani December 24, 2012 31

Hello, If i dont have cream can i put butter on top instead ?


dassana December 24, 2012 32

dear shivani, yes you can serve the masoor dal with some butter or even with some ghee on top.


kanishk August 22, 2012 33

I made this daal, and it was good ……. i made it for the first time since i am alone at home and was fed up with outside food…
great taste and great recipe…..


dassana August 23, 2012 34

thanks for trying the recipe kanishk :-)


LAKSHMI July 23, 2012 35

This dish turned out very yummy today…..before i could polish all the quantity I ensured to put aside some qty in the fridge for another meal :):):):)

Would like to ask what other whole grams/dals would be suitable for this recipe ?


dassana July 24, 2012 36

you can make the same recipe with whole moong dal and even whole urad dal – with the black skin. with whole moth dal/matki also the recipe comes out well.


Tika Hapsari Nilmada July 21, 2012 37

I’ve known this dish from my Indian foodie bloggers. Thanks for submitting your photo to DMBLGiT July.


valuemart July 18, 2012 38

mmmmmmmmm it yummy!


nandu July 3, 2012 39


I got it….looking at the pics, got excited and overlooked the step which mentions about Garam masala….sorry!! I tried it today, it was just awesome….


dassana July 3, 2012 40

thanks nandu…


nandu July 2, 2012 41

Yummy dal with great pics….was wondering when to add the Garam masala?? I will be making this pretty soon….


dassana July 2, 2012 42

add the garam masala when you add the kasuri methi. forgot to update in the post. will update. thanks.


Maria June 29, 2012 43

Dassana I also have made same dal today as my mom makes quite similar to your barring cream … lovely and fresh pics!


Aartee June 29, 2012 44

Hi Dassana,

Thanks for such yummy recipes. The good thing with your recipes is I do not have to rush to the grocery store each time, the ingredients are pretty much off-the-shelf.

Can you please post a malai-kofta recipe. I have some guests coming for dinner on Monday (02/07/12) and I wanted to make malai kofta. The one I tried last time was a bit of a disaster :) so to speak! Thanks.


dassana June 29, 2012 45

thanks aartee. i will try to post malai kofta recipe before the mentioned date. lets see…..


dassana July 1, 2012 46

dear aartee, as much as i would have liked to to i am unable to post the recipe of malai kofta. i suggest you to watch these videos which will help you in making the malai koftas at home. hope this helps. also there a few recipes on the blog which you can make for occasions like these:
1: methi matar malai:
2: kadai paneer –
3: hyd veg biryani –
4: paneer tikka –

videos listed below:
chef harpal’s video which shows has the malai kofta in white gravy:
vah chef’s video where the malai kofta is in tomato gravy:
for a punjabi style of malai kofta, check manjula’s video:

hope these are helpful.


Aartee July 4, 2012 47

Hi Dassana,

Thanks for your help! I followed the vah chef’s recipe and they were a success this time around. Thanks and let your yummy recipes keep coming!



dassana July 4, 2012 48

welcome aartee.


Courtney Rae Jones June 29, 2012 49

Ooooo! I could eat a huge bowl of this right now. Looks incredible! You are so talented Dassana and post such wonderful recipes :) I cannot wait to make this!


Katie June 28, 2012 50

I love dahl. It’s becoming comfort food.


dassana June 29, 2012 51

yes katie, dal is a comfort food.


familycook June 28, 2012 52

This spells comfort for me and I can eat it by itself. Won’t need rice or roti with it:)


suhani June 28, 2012 53

i never had this dal but its looking so tempting that i cannot wait to try it..i like all kind of dals with rice..m sure it would go with the rice too..


dassana June 28, 2012 54

this masoor dal goes very well with rice. in fact just this dal, rice with sirke vale pyaaz (vinegar pickled onions) is yum.


malini June 28, 2012 55

I m going to try it for 2mws lunch


dassana June 28, 2012 56

alright malini… do give your feedback :-)


Richa@HobbyandMore June 28, 2012 57

this is perfect comfort food. i love the simple and crisp shots. i usually cook some hours before hubbs gets home, and some days go overboard with trying to find a setting, which i can never tell if its working:)


dassana June 28, 2012 58

even sometimes i cannot figure out if the setting will work or not :-)


muskaan June 28, 2012 59

thanks for posting this recipe masoor dal is one of my favorite…………….. but have never tried this way ……….will surely give it a try………


dassana June 28, 2012 60

welcome muskaan and do try the masoor dal.


Radha June 28, 2012 61

Will make this on the weekend and let you know how it turns out. Looks delicious


dassana June 28, 2012 62

sure radha…


radha June 29, 2012 63

made it today. It was delicious. Had no time to take pictures … next time. Thanks for a great recipe


dassana June 29, 2012 64

thanks radha and welcome. it is alright as there is always a next time…


shruthi June 28, 2012 65

That looks so Yumm!!! I have so many recipes to try from your blog :)


dassana June 28, 2012 66

thanks shruthi :-)


Suzi June 27, 2012 67

This looks totally yummy. I love those spices and your photos are appetizing. Lovely!


Anamika @ madcookingfusions June 27, 2012 68

Hey a typical punju dish, your pics remind me that I havent made this dal from long…dal fixed for tomm dinner.. :), we prepare it exactly the same way as you said not thin nor thick but medium consistency.