Masoor Dhal

Masoor Dhal


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About this recipe: Masoor dhal refers to red lentils. This warming and fragrant soup can be enjoyed as part of a meal, or on its own with rice or naan.


Serves: 6 

  • 220g (1 cup) red lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 3 green chillies, seeds removed and finely chopped (or to taste)
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • salt to taste
  • handful chopped fresh coriander

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Cook the lentils by boiling or pressure cooking until lentils are soft. (Using a pressure cooker is faster.)
  2. In a frying pan, heat the oil and add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds begin to pop, add onions, ginger, chillies and garlic. Fry until the onions and garlic are golden brown.
  3. Add ground coriander, cumin and chopped tomatoes. Cook and stir until tomatoes soften. Add water and boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in cooked lentils well and season with salt to taste Add finely chopped coriander and remove from heat. Serve hot.

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