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Whole Masoor Dal - A Sabut Masoor Dal Recipe

Updated on July 6, 2015
Whole Masoor Dal
Whole Masoor Dal

Whole Masoor Dal

Whole Masoor Dal is a universally loved dish and since it is easy to make and super delicious, you can cook this when ever you get a craving for some good and nutritious whole dal. And yeah, like all whole dals, the whole version of this masoor dal is very high in protein and fiber, and so it is very nutritious and easily digestible, Oh, and if you've never had this and are wondering why a masoor dal (a.k.a. split red lentil) is black in color, it is because it's not the split, skinned version you are aware of - this is the whole version with the skins, and thus the color. Here's a trivia, the whole version of these dals are also known as Sabut dals, and so this dal is also known as Sabut Masoor Dal.

It is made the same way as we make other curries, i.e. the spices added are similar, but due to this dal's inherent taste, it thus flavors the resulting dish. It's totally awesome with butter and just as great with potatoes. If you love whole dals, heck, any dals, you do not wan't to miss out on this.

So, here's the recipe for this marvelously flavorful and healthy dish.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4 people


  • 2 cups whole masoor dal
  • 2 medium size onions
  • 2 medium size tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Salt (according to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped)
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2 green chillies (longitudinally cut)


1. Soak the whole masoor dal in water for an hour.

2. Cut the onions and tomatoes finely.

Instructions for cooking

1. Boil the dal in the pressure cooker for 5 minutes after the pressure comes.

2. Heat oil in a pan and on a low to medium flame, and add bay leaf. When it splutters, add red and green chillies, finely cut onions and stir fry for 5 minutes. Then, add the ginger-garlic paste.and fry for a minute.

3. Add tomatoes to it and stir fry till the tomatoes are tender. Now, add 2 tbsp of water and then, turmeric, chilli, coriander and cumin powder. Stir fry for a couple of minutes, then, add salt and sugar. Let it cook for a minute and then you'll notice the oil separating from the masala.

4. Now, add the boiled whole masoor dal to it, mix well and let it cook for 5-7 minutes on a slow to medium flame after covering the pan. Now, switch off the flame.

5. Garnish it with coriander leaves.

6. Your delicious Whole Masoor Dal is ready.

Now, it's up to you, but you may consider a thinner consistency for this dal. If you wish to do this, you can add some water to your dal when you add the boiled dal into your masala (Step 4). Just add a 1/2 to 1 cup of water and follow the rest of the Instructions from above. Add butter while serving.

Whole Masoor Dal served with butter
Whole Masoor Dal served with butter

A variation for this dal is prepared with potatoes. One medium size potato is needed which is cut into half inch cubes, then fried on a slow to medium flame till they turn golden in color. After this is done, remove them and keep them aside. Then ,add these potatoes when the whole masoor dal is added in the 4th Step of the Instructions above, and follow the rest of those Instructions.

Your delicious Whole Masoor Dal with Potatoes is ready.

Whole Masoor Dal prepared with potatoes
Whole Masoor Dal prepared with potatoes

I love all types of whole dals and this is one of my favorites. It is a quick and easy dish to prepare and turns out so wonderfully, every time, without much effort really. You don't need any vegetables with this dal as it can hold it's own without them. This is served with any type of rice, roti, paratha or puri.

So, try this out and enjoy.

5 stars from 1 rating of Whole Masoor Dal


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    • infobizboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Sameer Chowdhury 

      3 years ago from Pune, India

      Please do. You've got some pretty great recipes yourself. You know, I used to check out your recipes when I started out - was looking at the Coconut Rice one just now which I love and will give it a try. Thanks for your appreciation.

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      Ravi and Swastha 

      3 years ago from London, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the recipe. We will give it a try


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