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

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easy dhuli masoor dal recipe - simple and easy dal recipe made with pink lentils. this masoor dal recipe goes well with roti or rice.

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masoor dal recipe with step by step photos. a simple yet tasty recipe made with masoor dal or pink lentils or dhuli masoor dal. this is an easy masoor dal recipe and good for everyday cooking.

masoor dal fry

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 dal palak.

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 or cucumber raita or indian veg salad can be accompanied with the masoor dal.

if you are looking for more dal recipes then do check:

masoor dal recipe below:

masoor dal recipe
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masoor dal recipe

easy dhuli masoor dal recipe - simple and easy dal recipe made with pink lentils. this masoor dal recipe goes well with roti or rice.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for pressure cooking masoor dal

  • ¾ cup masoor dal or pink lentils or dhuli masoor dal
  • 2 cups water for pressure cooking dal

for making masoor dal recipe

  • 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic, crushed or chopped (lahsun)
  • ¼ inch ginger, chopped (adrak)
  • 1 green chili, chopped or slit (hari mirch)
  • 1 to 2 whole dry red chilies, (sabut lal mirch)
  • 1 medium sized tomato, chopped
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon red chili powder (organic or homemade chili powder can be just ¼ teaspoon as they are very strong)
  • 1 generous pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon garam masala powder (homemade garam masala powder can be just ¼ teaspoon)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water or as required
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - crushed (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ½ or 1 teaspoon lemon juice or as required
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

preparation for masoor dal recipe

  1. pick and rinse the dal well.

  2. pressure cook the masoor dal with 2 cups water, till they become soft and mushy.

  3. when the dal is cooked, beat with a wooden spoon or wired whisk lightly.

  4. keep the cooked dal aside.

making masoor dal recipe

  1. in another pan or pot, heat oil or ghee. fry the cumin seeds till golden. 

  2. then add onions and fry till they are light golden. 

  3. add chopped ginger and garlic. stir and fry for 10 to 15 seconds or till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away. 

  4. add green chilies and red chilies. stir.

  5. add all the dry spice powders one by one including asafoetida (hing) and stir.

  6. add the tomatoes and fry till the oil separates and the tomatoes become soft.

  7. add the cooked masoor dal. pour 1.5 to 2 cups water. you can adjust the quantity of water as required.

  8. add salt and stir. simmer the masoor dal for 6 to 7 minutes more on a low or medium flame till you get the desired consistency.

  9. this masoor dal is neither thick nor thin and has a medium consistency.

  10. lastly add kasuri methi and simmer for 1 minute.

  11. towards the end add lemon juice and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves and stir the masoor dal. switch off the flame.

  12. you can also garnish masoor dal with coriander leaves if you want while serving the dal. serve masoor dal hot with steamed basmati rice or roti or chappati.

recipe notes

tips for making masoor dal recipe:

  • the dal also can be cooked in a pot or pan. just soak the dal for 30-40 minutes, so that they cook faster if cooking in a pot. adjust the quantity of water as required.
  • adjust the spices in masoor dal as per your taste.

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how to make masoor dal recipe:

a) preparation:

1. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making masoor dal.

making masoor dal recipe

2. rinse ¾ cup masoor dal (pink lentils) couple of times in water. then add the masoor dal in pressure cooker. also add 2 cups water.

masoor dal, pink lentils

3. pressure cook the masoor dal on a medium-high flame for 5 to 6 whistles or till they become soft and mushy.

cooking masoor dal

4. when the dal is cooked, beat with a wooden spoon or wired whisk lightly. keep the cooked dal aside.

cooked masoor dal

making masoor dal recipe:

5. in another pan or pot, heat 2 tablespoons oil or ghee.

making masoor dal recipe

6. add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) and sauté till they crackle and become golden.

making masoor dal recipe

7. next add ⅓ cup chopped onions.

making masoor dal recipe

8. stir and begin to saute the onions.

making masoor dal recipe

9. saute the onions till they are light golden.

making masoor dal recipe

10. then add ¼ inch chopped ginger (adrak). also add 2 to 3 garlic (lahsun) which are crushed or chopped.

making masoor dal recipe

11. stir and saute them for 10 to 15 seconds or till the raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away.

making masoor dal recipe

12. add 1 green chili (chopped or slit). also add 1 to 2 whole dry red chilies (sabut lal mirch). stir well.

making masoor dal recipe

13. add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi), ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder), ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder and 1 generous pinch of asafoetida (hing).

making masoor dal recipe

14. stir and mix well.

making masoor dal recipe

15. next add 1 medium sized chopped tomato.

making masoor dal recipe

16. stir the tomatoes and mix them well.

making masoor dal recipe

17. saute the tomatoes till the oil separates and the tomatoes become soft.

making masoor dal recipe

18. add the cooked masoor dal.

making masoor dal recipe

19. mix well.

making masoor dal recipe

20. pour 1.5 to 2 cups water. you can adjust the quantity of water as required.

making masoor dal recipe

21. add salt as required and stir.

making masoor dal recipe

22. simmer the masoor dal for 6 to 7 minutes more on a low or medium flame till you get the desired consistency.

making masoor dal recipe

23. this dal is neither thick nor thin and has a medium consistency.

making masoor dal recipe

24. add 1 teaspoon kasuri methi, crushed (optional).

making masoor dal recipe

25. simmer the masoor dal for 1 minute.

making masoor dal recipe

26. towards the end, add ½ or 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves. stir the masoor dal. switch of the flame.

masoor dal recipe

27. you can also garnish masoor dal with coriander leaves if you want while serving the dal. serve masoor dal hot with steamed basmati rice or roti or chappati.

masoor dal recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Wow!! Thank you for this recipe. My husband and I love Indian food and we are both vegetarians. I am new to Indian cooking but this was easy to make following your instructions. Awesome recipe and I know I will be making again.

    • Welcome Jane. Glad to know this. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback on masoor dal. If any doubt, then feel free to ask any query on recipes posted.

  2. One more very good recipe of yummy dal. Thank you.

    • welcome supreeta