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Masoor Dal - A veg. Recipe from The Bengali Cuisine

Updated on June 20, 2011

This pink colored pulse is the most common item for Bengalis. Masoor Dal is a must when you are taking a major meal at Bengal. It is very healthy, easy to prepare and easy to digest.

Ingredients ( Serve for 2 -3)

  1. Masoor dal 1 cup
  2. Garlic clove (chopped) 2 no
  3. Cumin seed 1tsp
  4. Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  5. Mustard oil 2 tsp
  6. Red chilli 1 no
  7. Bay leaf 1 no
  8. Green chilli 3 no
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Water

Raw Masoor Dal
Raw Masoor Dal
Cooked Masoor Dal
Cooked Masoor Dal


  1. Wash masoor dal properly.
  2. Take the washed dal in a pan and add 3 cups of water.
  3. Cut the green chillies along the length and put it in the pan along with the dal and water ( If you prefer less fire remove the seeds).
  4. Add turmeric powder.
  5. Put it on a low flame and cook till the dal become tender. (Don’t put the lead otherwise it might spill over).Masoor dal is cooked very fast and overcooking might destroy its taste.
  6. Add salt to taste.
  7. Remove the pan from the flame.
  8. Take another pan and put it on the medium flame.
  9. Add oil and heat till smoke starts coming.
  10. Lower the flame and immediately add garlic cloves, red chilli, bay leaf and cumin seeds.
  11. Stir for a few seconds and add the cooked dal immediately.
  12. Cook for another 2 minutes on high flame.

Serve with fine rice along with potato fry or brinjal (Eggplant) fry.


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    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from INDIA

      Simply wash with water

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      6 years ago

      nice dish

    • J Burgraff profile image

      J Burgraff 

      7 years ago

      This looks great. I would be interested in knowing how you wash your dal. Do you use a sieve or a cloth?

    • cupid51 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks eventsyoudesign for your interest in Indian cuisine! You can find this in departmental stores or you can get it from Amazon also! It is called Indian red lentil!

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      8 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      This recipe sounds really good. Can I find the masoor dal in the grocery store or should I go to a specialty Indian store? I cannot wait to prepare this dish. Thanks for sharing and I will read other hubs. Teresa


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