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Monday, 1 September 2014

Whole Masoor Dal Fry (Red Lentils)


          This is a typical North Indian style dal recipe which is had with tandoori roti or naan. It is wholesome, healthy and nutritious with the goodness of proteins and fibre. This happens to be one of my version. I keep changing the ingredients depending on the availability in my kitchen. For a more richer taste, butter can be replaced with cream. 





  • 1 cup masoor dal, soaked for 30 minutes
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp. coriander-cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves), crushed
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • onion rings to garnish


          Pressure cook the dal in 3 cups water for 5-7 minutes on low flame after the first whistle. Heat oil in a pan and temper with the cumin seeds and asafoetida. Add the onion and saute till light brown.

          Then add the tomatoes and fry till it is well mashed up. Now add the ginger-garlic paste, coriander-cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala powder mixed with little water.

          Saute till oil leaves the sides of the pan. Add the boiled dal, kasuri methi and salt and simmer on low flame for 2-3 minutes. When done, add the lime juice and mix well. Serve, garnished with onion rings and butter.










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