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masoor dal with roti

Easy Spiced Masoor Dal

This easy spiced masoor dal is the perfect bowl of lentils that you can whip in a just a few minutes for a delicious and healthy dinner.
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 servings
Calories 412 kcal


  • 1 cup masoor dal
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water

Seasoning Oil (Vaghar)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 dried red chili pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • juice of 1 lime


  • Soak the masoor dal in a bowl with water for 1 hour. Drain water from lentils.
  • In a saucepan, combine soaked and drained lentils, water, bay leaf, ground turmeric and salt. Bring to boiling then reduce heat to medium high. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until lentils are tender and the water has evaporated.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Add the olive oil to a small saucepan, heat to medium high. Once oil has heated, add dried red chili pepper and cumin seeds to oil. As cumin seeds sizzle, as the asafoetida. Then add the curry leaves to the hot oil (stand back as the oil splatters). Cook the curry leaves for 1 minute, remove from heat and add the seasoned oil the cooling lentils.
  • Serve warm with the juice of a lime. Best with a naan or roti and fried chili peppers.


Calories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 25gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1189mgPotassium: 960mgFiber: 30gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 226IUVitamin C: 104mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 8mg
Keyword masoor dal, lentils, vegan meal,
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