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Indian red lentil Dal (Masoor Dal Tadka)

Indian red lentil Dal (Masoor Dal Tadka)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Cuisine India
Servings 2
Calories 160 kcal


  • 100g red lentils
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger or ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tomato cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 litre of water
  • Salt to taste

For tempering:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 dry red chillis
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

For garnish:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves finely chopped.


  • Wash the lentils well with plenty of water and let them drain in a strainer.
  • Put a pan with oil on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and a pinch of salt.
  • Fry until golden and add grated ginger or ginger paste, turmeric, and cumin powder. Add a splash of water so that the spices do not burn. Fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and continue frying. Then add the red lentils, mix everything, and stir fry for a minute.
  • Add water and salt. Let it cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
  • Then, with a whisk stir the soup very well to break the lentils to get a homogeneous texture and continue to cook.
  • Meanwhile, make the Tadka. Heat a small frying pan over medium flame and add oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add dry red chillies and cumin seeds.
  • When they start to sizzle, lower the heat and add turmeric and red chilli powder. Give them a quick stir and add directly to the cooked lentil. This whole process must be done very quickly without burning the spice powder.
  • Stir everything well and sprinkle with freshly chopped coriander. Let it simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice or Chapati.