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Masoor Dal

Here is a recipe of Masoor Daal, it’s one of the regular meals that is prepared in regular Indian homes. It’s delicious and healthy (well, a little bit).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4


  • 1.5 cups Red lentil/ Masoor
  • To taste Salt
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Bay leaf
  • 1 Cardamom green
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup Tomato puree
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 2 Green chili
  • 1/4 cup Cream
  • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • for garnish Coriander leaves


  • Clean, wash and soak Masoor dal in water for 3 hours. Take Masoor dal into the Pressure cooker along with 3 cups of water and add salt.
  • Pressure cook it on high flame for one whistle, then slow the flame and cook for another 10-12 minutes. Let the pressure settles down, open cooker and mash roughly with a spatula.
  • Heat the wok with butter and temper with cumin seeds, cardamom green and bay leaf. When cumin seeds crackles, add chopped onions. Fry it until onions are translucent.
  • Add tomato puree, ginger-garlic paste, green chilly, cinnamon stick, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Cook the spices on low flame till oil shows separately.
  • Add cooked spices into the pressure cooker along with a glass of water. Mix it well. Check salt, if need, add more salt.
  • Pressure cook it for one more whistle. Switch off the flame, open cooker and add cream. Mix it well, garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with chapatti and rice.