Masoor Dal Recipe

Easy and flavorful masoor dal recipe is the perfect comfort dish that is hearty and warming. Red lentils are cooked in a flavored broth and the masoor dal is so easy to prepare it takes only 20 minutes to cook. 

Masoor Dal Recipe

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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Easy Masoor Dal

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.

Masoor dal

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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Nutrition

Energy:
373 kcal / 1559 kJ
Fat:
19 g
Protein:
17 g
Carbs:
36 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

Preparation:
10 min
Cooking:
25 min
Ready in:
35 min
For:
4 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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2 Comments
  1. Anita
    January 17, 2019

    Such a quick dish for dinner but it tastes like I spent hours!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 17, 2019

      Absolutely, thank you Anita for trying it.