Awadhi Style Dal Masoor (Spicy Whole Lentil)

2Few days back I saw a recipe by Chef Ajay Chopra n television with this whole red lentil or ‘masoor dal’. But I forgot the name. So when I searched recipe with whole masoor dal there are few recipes appeared. Amongst those I liked this name and found close resemblance with the recipe except a few ingredients are added. This ‘dal’ is easy to cook and at the same time tasty and nutritious. I served it with ‘Tilwale Tava Naan’ but you can always serve this ‘dal’ with simple fulka as well!

Ingredients to serve 6

  • Whole Masoor Dal or Brown Lentil – 200 gms
  • Onion – 1 Big (Sliced)
  • Tomato – 1 Medium (Chopped)
  • Green Chilli – 3 (Slit)
  • Asafetida or Hing – 1 pinch
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Cumin Seed – ½ tsp
  • Garlic – ¼ tsp (Chopped)
  • Ginger – ½ tsp (Chopped)
  • Red Chilli Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Coriander Powder – ½ tsp
  • Cumin Powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – To taste
  • Oil – 3-4 tsp
  • Ghee – 1 tsp

For Garnish:

  • Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • Chopped Tomato
  • Chopped Onion


  1. Soak the dal for 2-3 hours in water. Now pressure cook the dal adding a little salt with 2 cups of water.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan or kadai. Temper the oil with asafetida, cumin seeds and bay leaf.
  3. When the cumin seeds starts to splutter add chopped onion. When onion turns translucent add chopped garlic and chopped ginger. Sauté for couple of minutes.
  4. Now add chopped tomato and all the dry spices except garam masala powder. Let the masala cooked in the juices of tomatoes.
  5. Now add the boiled dal and mix well.
  6. Season with salt and add slit green chilli. Adjust the consistency of dal by adding water.
  7. Sprinkle garam masala powder and simmer the dal for 5-7 minutes.
  8. Drizzle ghee and remove from heat. Cover and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Garnish the dal with chopped coriander leaves, chopped tomato and chopped onion.
  10. Serve hot with Tilwale Tawa Naan or any other Indian flat bread or with simple steamed rice.

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