Masoor Dal


Ingredients (use vegan versions):

  • 1 cup red lentils (they actually look orange)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Indian chili powder (cayenne can be used in a pinch)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water (you can adjust this to desired thick/thinness of dal)
  • 4 tablespoons oil (or less)
  • 1 teaspoon prepared minced garlic


Rinse the lentils and pick out any impurities. Add water,
coriander powder, chili powder and salt. Cook over a
medium low heat until beans are mushy but still retaining
some distinctive texture. (You may want to adjust the water
and/or cooking time to the consistency that you prefer.)

When the lentils are nearly finished cooking, saute the
garlic in the oil on a low heat until it’s golden, with a
tinge of brown. Add this to the dal.

Stir and serve. Adjust seasonings as desired.

As simple as this recipe is, it is truly delicious and
satisfying. Coupled with steamed basmati rice it is a
complete protein and very nutritious. You need only add
some vegetables on the side for a beautifully balanced

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 min


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