Monday, November 26, 2012

Masoor Dal/Split Red Lentils

          Masoor Dal or Split Red Lentils is one of my favorite dals, it has a nice flavor when cooked. Just with the basic tadka or seasoning this dal tastes great, I would say a beginner's recipe, that nobody can go wrong with. But it tastes really good and is a great combination with both rotis and rice or even have it as a soup..

Need To Have

  • Masoor Dal Or split Red Lentils - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 medium chopped
  • Tomato - 1 large chopped
  • Garlic - 4 cloves chopped
  • Grated Ginger - 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Cloves - 2
  • Salt - to taste

          Pressure cook the masoor dal along with the turmeric powder ( about 1/2 time to cook parboiled rice, about 7 minutes).

          Heat the oil, add the cumin seeds and the cloves, when it starts sizzling, add the onions, garlic and ginger. Saute till the onion turns pink and the garlic turns golden, now add the tomatoes, salt, chilly and coriander powders.

          Saute till the tomatoes turn mushy, for about 5 minutes, sprinkling water in between if it sticks to the pan. Now add the cooked dal, some water and the garam masala, simmer for another 5 minutes on low heat. Remove and serve warm with rice or rotis.

If you add a lot of oil in the beginning, then you won't have to sprinkle water while sauteing the tomatoes, have to do it till it turns mushy and oil leaves on the side and starts floating.
The final consistency of the dal is that of thick porridge, add water accordingly, if you want thinner soup like consistency, then add more water.
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  1. comforting dhal.. Healthy too

  2. Masoor daal is one of my fav..I make it often in one form or other..either as soup, or in khichdi or plain daal...yours is looking simply awesome !

  3. wow i made this just now for dinner.. slightly added more masalas to make it flavourful. this dal has unique and wonderful taste

  4. this looks so good and great with rice

  5. Looks yummy...I haven't tried masoor dal yet.

  6. Hey even I lie the dals flavor..esp kichdi tastes so good

  7. absolutely love the color of this hema :)

  8. simple n hearty meal...haven't tried masoor dal will try it sometime!

  9. Dal is comfort food for us, yours looks delicious

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  10. Looks yummy and the best part of this lentil is it cooks quickly:)

  11. My comforting food, love this kind of hearty dals.

  12. Simple dal...always to the rescue for an easy lazy supper ;) Nice clicks!

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  13. very nice

  14. This recipe looks delicious (as does your picture). A friend just gave me bags and bags of lentils and I think I'll get to use this recipe this week. I hopped over from Asmita's blog, and I am glad I did. I look forward to reading more.

  15. Could this be made in a crock pot?!