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Traditional Masoor Dal

The Dal is full of flavour and is a delicious Indian Dal made with Red Masoor Dal. Serve this Traditional Masoor Dal along with Basmati Rice. Lets see, how to make it.
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Dal, Masoor Dal, Masoor Dal Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Pooja Mahto


  • 2 cups Masoor Dal
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida
  • 2-3 Dry Red Chilies
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic-Green chilies Chopped
  • 1 Onions, Medium Sized; Chopped
  • 1 Tomatoes, Medium-sized, chopped
  • 6-7 Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Amchur powder/ Dry Mango Powder (opt)


  • Rinse the Dal in enough water until water runs out clear.
  • Soak the rice for 20 minutes before cooking.

Cooking the Dal

  • Add Soaked Dal, Water, Turmeric Powder, and Salt in a Pot.
  • Cook the Dal fpr 15-20 minutes on medium-low flame, until mushy.

Making Tadka

  • Heat a tbsp of ghee in a Kadhai.
  • Add cumin seeds, dry red chillies, and let it splutter.
  • Add chopped ginger-garlic-chopped green chillies, curry leaves to it. Cook until the raw smell disappears.
  • Now add chopped Onions and Saute it till onion turns out transparent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook until the tadka is thick and saucy.
  • Then add spices: Coriander powder, Amchur Powder and Cumin powder.
  • Pour the Tadka over the cooked Dal. Let the two simmer on low together for just a few minutes to help the flavours to sing beautifully. .
  • Taste the dal and if the dish tastes flat and bland, or like it’s missing something, add more salt to taste


You can cook the dal in Pressure cooker too. Cooking the Dal in Pressure cooker will take up to 10 minutes. Cook on a low- medium flame for 1 whistle.