Whole masoor dal recipe (how to make sabut masoor dal recipe)
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Whole masoor dal recipe

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 servings
Calories 237kcal
Author Kanan


For pressure cooking:

  • ¾ cup Whole Masoor (brown lentils)
  • 1 ½ cups Water for pressure cooking

For whole masoor dal recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • ¾ cup Onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • 1 Green chili chopped finely
  • ¾ cup Tomato finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves finely chopped


Prepping and cooking masoor:

  • Wash whole masoor under running cold water till water runs clear. Or rinse the using water for 3-4 times.
  • Soak in enough water for 30-45 minutes.
  • Discard the soaking water, take that into pressure cooker,
  • add fresh 1 ½ cups of water, cover with lid, put the weight on.
  • Pressure cook it for 5-6 whistles on medium heat or till masoor is soft and cooked.
  • Let the pressure go down by itself then open the cover.
  • Dal should be soft, but not mushy.

Making whole masoor dal recipe:

  • Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Once hot add cumin seeds, let them sizzle.
  • Then add ginger, garlic paste and green chili. Saute for a minute.
  • Mix in chopped onion with some salt. Cook till onion becomes soft and light brown.
  • Add chopped tomato and mix. Cook till it becomes soft.
  • Add dry spices. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  • Add boiled dal and ½ to 1 cup of water as per your liking gravy consistency.
  • Mix and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice.
  • Lastly add chopped cilantro and mix.
  • Turn off the stove.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.3g | Protein: 10.2g | Fat: 8.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 908mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 12.2g | Sugar: 4.3g
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving
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