Indian Lentil Recipe
  • 2 cups masoor dal
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 – 3 tbsp refined oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1tsp dry roasted and crushed cumin, or 1 ½ tsp whole cumin
  • 1tsp garlic finely chopped
  • 1tsp ginger finely grated
  • 2 –3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely diced
  • couple of sprigs of cilantro finely chopped
  • salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan, add, cumin and onions and sauté until onions are slightly caramelized. Add crushed ginger and garlic and continue to sauté until oil separates. Add tomatoes, green chilies and turmeric and sauté until tomatoes are mushy. Rinse Dal thoroughly and add to the mixture in the pan. Add 3 –4 cups of hot water, close the pot with a lid and let it cook. Stir occasionally. (I do this in a pressure cooker and allow it to whistle twice). When the dal is cooked the mixture gets creamy and thick. Add more hot water based on desired consistency. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with Rice or Indian Breads.

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