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Masoor dal (spiced red lentils) is extremely delicious and flavourful red lentil soup.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 5 Serving


For Tadka

Nutrition Facts
Masoor Dal Recipe
Amount Per Serving (5 Servings)
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 114
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.7g20%
Saturated Fat 4.8g30%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 12mg1%
Carbohydrates 28.1g9%
Sugar 3.2g4%
Protein 10.8g22%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • 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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