Masoor Dal Recipe

Here is a very easy to make massor dal recipe. Sabut Masoor Dal has the tadka of garlic which makes it very aromatic. Learn how to make sabut masoor dal.

Masoor Dal Recipe


  • 1 cup sabut masoor dal
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 – 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tblsp Ghee/ oil
  • 4 – 5 pods garlic, separated, chopped finely
  • 1 inch ginger root, chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  • Water

How to make sabut masoor dal:

  1. Rinse the sabut masoor dal thoroughly, until water is clear. It is advisable to soak the dal for 2 – 3 hrs as it reduces the cooking time.
  2. In a pressure add masoor dal, 3 – 3.5 cups of water, chopped tomatoes, turmeric and salt.
  3. After 2 – 3 whistles cook on low flame for about 10 minutes. Then switch off the flame.
  4. When you open the cooker the dal should be a pulpy mixture. If required add more water to keep the dal loose, like texture of thick cream.
  5. If using a pan then cook the dal with the other ingredients for 30 hrs till the dal turns soft and pulpy. Stir occassionally.
  6. Now for the tadka heat ghee in a wok. When ghee is hot, add jeera and when it begins to sputter add chopped garlic.
  7. Continue to fry until garlic is fully cooked. Add garam masala and chilly powder.
  8. Do not allow spices to burn. Keep stirring until mixture starts to stick. And immediately pour this over the cooked dal.
  9. Stir nicely and let it simmer to blend in the flavors. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  10. Garnish the sabut masoor dal with chopped coriander.
  • It is always best to use sabut or whole dals as they are packed with more nutrition.
  • Masoor dal goes very well with rice and kachumber salad.