Masoor Dal Tadka

This is a perfect recipe for a cozy day. It is believed that masoor dal helps to stabilise blood sugar level, keeps the heart healthy by lowering cholesterol and is an effective remedy against Weight Loss.

When you crave for a simple home cooked meal with few ingredients and less cooking time, than Masoor Dal tadka should be your choice of meal.

Serve with steamed rice.

Cuisine                           Pan India

Prep Time                      Soak for 30 mins

Cook Time                     20 to 25 minutes

Serves                            4 people



Sansar Masoor Dal      1 Cup

Onion                             1 medium size – cut in small pieces

Tomato                          1 medium size – cut in small pieces

Green chillies                2 or 3 (depending on your taste for spicy food)

Ginger Garlic paste      1 Tspn

Turmeric powder         1/4 teaspoon

Chilli Powder                1 teaspoon (Optional – if you want extra spicy)

Salt                                 To Taste

Water                              3 cup (or as required)


For Tempering

Oil or Ghee                     1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds              1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds                  1 teaspoon

Asafoetida                      1 pinch


For garnishing

Coriander leaves          1 tablespoon (finely chopped)

Lemon Juice                  ¼ teaspoon. (Optional- Just to add that extra zing in your dal)


  1. Wash and soak the Sansar Masoor Dal for 30 minues.
  2. Pressure cook the dal with a pinch of turmeric powder and ½  cup water upto 3 whistles.
  3.     In a separate pan, heat oil and add ginger garlic paste, chopped onion and sauté till golden brown followed by tomato and green chillies.
  4.     Mix the boiled dal, masalas, salt and cooked veggies. Add water as required. Bring to boil for another 10 mins. 
  5.     In a tempering pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and pour the mixture into the Dal.
  6.     Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and add lemon juice.
  7.     Serve with Steamed Rice

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