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Masoor Dal Recipe

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Red Lentil Soup
Red Lentil Soup

Masoor dal (spiced red lentils) is extremely delicious and flavourful red lentil soup. A handful of ingredients and this easy masoor dal comes together in no more than 30 minutes. Then you add the tadka to make it more flavourful and colourful which you can skip if you want. Masoor dal is a must in an everyday menu in almost every Bengali house.

Red Lentil Soup

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Masoor Dal Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Masoor dal (spiced red lentils) is extremely delicious and flavourful red lentil soup.


  • 1 Cup / 180 g Red Lentils
  • 2 Tbsp / 29.57 ml Oil
  • 1 Tsp / 4.93 g Whole Cumin Seeds
  • 4-5 Count / 4-5 Count Curry Leaves
  • 1 Medium Size / 1 Medium Size Finely Chopped Onion
  • 1 Tsp / 4.93 g Garlic-ginger Paste
  • 4 Count / 4 Count Slitted Green Chilies
  • 1 Heaped Tsp / 6 g Salt
  • ½ Tsp / 2.46 g Coriander Powder
  • ½ Tsp / 2.46 g Red chili powder
  • ¼ Tsp / 1.23 g Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Medium Size / 2 Medium Size Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp / 2 Tbsp Chopped Coriander Leaves

For Tadka

  • 2 Tbsp / 29.57 ml Oil/ghee
  • 2 Cloves / 2 Cloves Chopped garlic
  • ¼ Tsp / ¼ Tsp Whole Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Count / 2 Count Dried red chilies
  • 1 Count / 1 Count Curry leaf
  • ¼ Tsp / 1.23 g Red chili powder


  • First, wash the lentils thoroughly.
  • Place a pan on the stove on medium heat and add 2 tbsp oil.
  • Once the oil is heated add the whole cumin seeds and curry leaves. Then stir them for 30 seconds, or until the seeds splutter.
  • Add finely chopped onions and saute until they become soft.
  • Now add the garlic ginger paste and the slitted green chilies, and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are soft.
  • Then add the washed lentils and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add 4 cups of hot water and give another stir.
  • Cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until the lentils are tender on medium heat.
  • When the lentils are tender whisk them to break the grains properly.
  • Finally, add chopped coriander leaves and give it a mix.
  • Now to prepare the tadka place another small pan on medium heat and add 2 tbsp oil.
  • Then add the chopped garlic fry for few seconds until slightly brown.
  • Then add whole cumin seeds, dried red chilies, the curry leaf and stir it again for few seconds.
  • Add the red chili powder at the end, give a quick stir.
  • Pour the tadka on top of the cooked lentils, a quick stir and your very flavorful delicious tadka dal is ready to serve. You can serve the dal with rice or roti.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving: 5Servings | Calories: 264kcal (13%) | Carbohydrates: 28.1g (9%) | Protein: 10.8g (22%) | Fat: 12.7g (20%) | Saturated Fat: 4.8g (30%) | Cholesterol: 17mg (6%) | Sodium: 12mg (1%) | Sugar: 3.2g (4%) | Calcium: 39mg (4%) | Iron: 3mg (17%)

*This calculation is done by assumption calculated by an API. Please use our nutrition information just to get an idea about the recipe, consult a nutritionist if you need exact nutrition information.

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  1. 5 stars
    Very tasty. I’ve made this a few times. The instructions above are missing a step (adding the coriander, chilli and turmeric powder) between step 5 and step 6.