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Masoor dal

Masoor Dal

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 -3
Author Puja


  • Masoor Dal - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1 finely chopped
  • Green Chilli - 1 chopped
  • Ginger - 1/2 tsp finely chopped
  • Garlic - 1/2 tsp finely chopped
  • Curry leaves - a few chopped
  • Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder - 1/4 tsp or to taste
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as per required
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Water - as per needed


  • In a pressure cooker, place a cup of masoor dal and 2 cups of water and pressure cook upto 2 whistles or till the dal is soft.
  • Mash dal, add half a cup of water and salt. You can add more water if you want and keep it aside.
  • Heat Ghee in a cooking vessel/kadahai, add cumin seeds.
  • Once the seeds starts spluttering add curry leaves, chopped ginger, and chopped garlic and fry for few seconds.
  • Now add onion, chopped green chilli, turmeric and salt and fry until the onion are slighlty brown in color.
  • Now add tomatoes and chili powder as per the taste and mix well.
  • Cook until the tomatoes gets little mushy.
  • Add the cooked dal to this mixture and mix well.
  • Cook dal on a medium flame until it starts boiling.
  • Once it starts boiling add little more ghee and remove from the fire.
  • Serve with rotis or white rice.


If you want you can add a dash of lemon juice.