Masoor Dal Indian red lentils
Masoor Dal Indian red lentils

Masoor Dal – Indian Red Lentils


June 4, 2015

Dal is simply the Hindi word for lentil and masoor dal refers to red lentils. Here, they are cooked with ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, onion and cumin. Serve over basmati rice or so with naan (an Indian bread).

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings


200g red lentils

2 pinches of cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 piece of grated ginger root (about 4 cm)

1 pinch of turmeric powder

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 onion, chopped


1Rinse the lentils and put them in a medium saucepan with all other ingredients. Cover with water and bring to boil. Skim off the foam that forms on top of the pan.

2Reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.

For a lighter version of this recipe, reduce the amount of oil. The result will be just as delicious!


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