Saturday, February 14, 2009

Whole Masoor Dal Curry

When we visited our friend's place two years back, they made this curry for dinner. We both had never tasted masoor dal before, but had no choice then. But the moment we tasted this we both knew that it is definitely a keeper. It had a nice texture and a unique taste. I got the recipe from her immediately. I adjusted the spice and flavourings to suit our taste. This is a very simple and easy recipe that goes very well with plain basmathi rice, roti, pulao etc.,

You can get this dal labeled as "Lentils" in small packets in any American or Mexican grocery shops. I make this curry regularly as it is tasty, healthy and also very appetizing. I had very little oil as it tastes good even without too much of oil.


1 cup of Whole masoor dal
4 cups of water
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp crushed kasoori methi
1 medium sized onion sliced
1 small tomato chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

In a pressure cooker add the dal, water along with the salt, spices and kasoori methi and cook for 4 whistles or until it becomes soft but not mushy. In a separate pan heat the oil. When the oil is hot enough add the cumin seeds. Then add the onions and saute till they turn transparent. Now add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 2 to 3 mins. Then add the chopped tomatoes and saute till all the tomatoes gets cooked and oil starts oozing out. Finally add the cooked dal to this and simmer for another 10 mins. Switch off the stove and serve hot with roti or rice.

Ashwini of "Ashwini's Spicy Cuisine" is hosting the Lentils Mela. Do check the link given below to see the details, she has provided lots of information on the health benefits of various lentils.

This is my entry for the "Lentils Mela" hosted by Ashwini.

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