Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Whole Lentils (Masoor ki dal)

Like I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that yellow dal is the everyday dal in my household. But  when it comes to having any other dal, the default choice is Masoor ki dal i.e. whole lentils. I absolutely love this dal with Onion Okra.

Check out the tips section to find out a way to take the taste of this dal a level up!

Masoor ki Dal


Whole lentils (soaked for 2 hours)- 1 cup
Onion, finely chopped- 1 big
Garlic, chopped- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
Asafeotida- 1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder- 1 tsp (adjust)
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Dried mango powder (amchur)- 1 tbsp
Salt to taste


Pressure cook soaked lentils with little salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder until soft.

Heat oil in a pan (about 3 tbsp).

Add asafoetida.

Add chopped garlic. Fry until fragrant.

Add chopped onion. Fry till translucent.

Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder.

Mix and let spices cook for a minute.

Add cooked dal.

Add about a cup of water.

Add salt. Add dried mango powder.

Stir well.

Cover and bring to a boil on low flame.

Serve hot with rice/chapatis.


Heat about 3 tbsp ghee. Take off the flame and add 1 tsp of red chilly powder. Swirl slightly to fold.
Add a dash of this ghee-chilly mix to your dal and enjoy!