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Masoor Dal Tadka
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Masoor Dal Tadka is a simple everyday food of every Indian household wherein the red lentils are cooked till perfection and then tempered with onions and tomatoes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Author: sushma iyer
  • 3/4 cup Masoor Dal
  • 2.5 cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp each mustard seeds and cumin seeds
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 nos med size onion finely chopped
  • 2 nos tomatoes roughly chopped
  • salt to taste
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  • lemon juice and zest
For Masala Paste
  • 6 nos garlic, peeled
  • thumb size ginger
  • 3 nos Green chilly
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 15-20 nos peppercorns
  1. In a saucepan wash and rinse your masoor dal and add the water and turmeric powder and boil it until cooked but not mushy.

  2. Meanwhile start chopping your onion and tomato. Also in a mortal pestle add everything mentioned under the masala paste and grind to a paste like consistency.

  3. Heat oil in a pan. Give tadka (seasoning) of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing and curry leaves let it splutter and add in the onions, saute until light pink. Add tomatoes and cook it until soft and mushy.

  4. Add the masala paste and cook until raw smell goes.

  5. In goes the cooked dal along with the water in which it was boiling.

  6. Mix everything well and let it boil for 10 mins. Add in handful of coriander leaves and salt to taste. Mix and boil for another 5 mins. Add lemon zest and mix.

  7. Serve hot along with rice, lemon wedge, pickle and papad.