I love to cook traditional Indian recipes with a Jamaican spin on them and I don’t use as many spices that are normally seen in Indian recipes, however, my recipes are easy to prepare are so delicious like my Curry Cabbage, Chickpea Curry, Aloo Palak, and this Masoor dal recipe.
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What is Masoor Dal?
There are many varieties of lentils with varying colors but masoor is one of the most important legumes in Indian cooking, it is high in protein and an integral part of a meatless diet.
Dal is a stew that is made from lentils, for instance, chana dal is a stew made from split and polished chana baby chickpeas.
Masoor dal is made from masoor, it is delicious and nutritious, it is also known as, Masar dal, Mussoor dal, Masur Dal, red or pink lentil. They are salmon-colored lentils and they t have been skinned and split.
Health Benefits Of Masoor Dal
1 cup of masoor dal contains 230 calories, 15 grams of fiber, and 17 grams of protein. Read more about the health benefits here.
How To Make Masoor Dal?
Masoor dal cooks easily so it doesn’t need to be soaked and doesn’t need to be cooked in a pressure cooker like other beans and lentils in Indian cooking.
Saute onion, garlic, ginger, and tomato. Add turmeric, coriander, cumin and cook until fragrant. Stir in washed and drained masoor dal, vegetable broth, coconut milk, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to simmer until dal is tender, stir in chopped cilantro and season with salt and cayenne pepper to taste.
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- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 inch ginger, grated
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 cup Masoor dal, sorted, washed and drained
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add turmeric, coriander, and cumin and cook until fragrant, stirring constantly. Stir in the masoor dal, coconut milk, vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to simmer for about 20 minutes or until masoor dal is tender. add cayenne pepper, salt and cilantro and stir. Cook for 2 more minutes and serve with rice.