Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)

Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)

Masoor Dal is a very important part of vegetarian diet in Indian Cuisine.

Masoor Dal contains high level of protein. It also contains fibre, folate, vitamin B1 and minerals.It helps to lower the cholesterol and helps in managing blood sugar. It is a good source of calcium, potassium and iron.It is rich in antioxidants.

Masoor dal is cooked generally in the form of curry. It can be served with rice or roti. It can  also be combined with various vegetables. It can be cooked with rice in the form of khichdi or pulav. Lentil soup is a famous recipe in  international cuisine.

The dal needs very little time to cook. It is very soft and cooks quickly.

I generally try to use this dal in various ways such as dal fry, mixed pulses dosa or khichdi.

Today I will share the recipe of the curry which my mother makes and I am really fond of. She uses sambhar masala in addition to other spices and that really enhances the taste of the dal. We generally eat it with bhakri, bajri roti or parathas.  Fresh sliced onions and dry garlic chutney are great accompaniment with it. You can enjoy it also with a dollop of homemade butter or simple salted butter. You won’t stop licking your fingers!

I still remember that one of my friends told me that it has the “dhaba” taste to it .

So have fun making this nutrition packed dal!!.

Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)

Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)

A simple and healthy dal. It is good source of calcium, potassium and iron.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword calcium, curry, iron, proteinrich, pulses, redlentil, rozkakhana
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 368kcal



  • Heat oil and ghee in the pressure cooker.
    Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)
  • Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they crackle add asafoetida, curry leaves and ginger garlic paste. Saute till the raw flavor of the ginger and garlic goes away.
    Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)
  • Add the onions and saute till translucent.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they are soft.
    Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)
  • Now add all the spices and salt and mix them well and saute them for a minute.
  • Drain the soak dal and add to the pan. Roast it for a minute.
    Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)
  • Add two cups of water, stir the mixture and pressure cook for four whistle fast heat and one whistle on slow heat.
    Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)
  • The dal is ready. Garnish with coriander and serve.
    Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)
  • Serve it with the roti of your choice.
    Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentil Curry)


I make this dal directly in the pressure cooker.
You can also cook the dal first then add the fried tomatoes, onions and spices to it.
I like to cook it in pressure cooker along with other spices as the spices blend nicely and you get a richer taste.
If water remains in the dal after it is pressure cooked then simmer it for some more time till the extra water boils off and till you get the required consistency of the dal.


Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 25g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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