Masoor Daal

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Masoor daal

The week that went  by,was surely a crazy one, with lots of unusual, unexpected, ugly stuff coming in my way of sanity, thereby making me feel irritable (huh ..whats new in that?), frustrated and of course ranting and rambling. Agreed, that some good things did happen, like a Teejri fast (An Indian festival) which I enjoyed this year and getting cleaned my home (that was pending from hell lot of time), the rest of things kept my stress levels high and Blood pressure levels really low.Moreover hubby dear sulked for many days feeling cheated by much hyped awaited launch of iphone in India, that too with less features and more moolah than expected.

Its high time India comes above the level of being dumping ground for poor quality/rejected/over priced stuff.But people waiting for hours outside the malls to catch the glimpse of Apple’s latest gizmo, will make it hard for India to take a firm stand against all the hype created for Eemported stuff .For now, Thank you Mr Steve Jobs for ditching us ….

Well in this scenario I just don’t feel like cooking, but if I do cook, it has to be some comfort food…and what’s better than Dal rice (Dal rice …again???). This time its not a routine one…but one of my favourite kaali masoor dal

Masoor Dal
Whole orange lentils or masoor dal recipe
Recipe type: Lentil Recipe|Masoor Dal
  • Masoor dal kaali (sabut masoor daal or whole orange lentils) 100 gm
  • Onion 1 medium sized
  • Tomatoes 2
  • Ginger
  • Garlic 5-6 cloves
  • Green chillies 2-3
  • Salt as per taste
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Oil 2-3 tsp
  1. Rinse and soak masoor daal  in water for few hours (if urgent, it could be cooked without soaking)
  2. Take a pressure cooker and put daal along with salt and water (double the quantity of dal)
  3. Pressure cook it till 4 whistles if soaked and 6 if used without soaking
  4. In the meantime, take some oil in kadai or pan, add pounded/grinded ginger- garlic and saute it, till the paste changes its colour to light brown
  5. Then add chopped onions and saute it till light brown in colour
  6. Then add chopped or grated tomatoes, chopped green chillies, turmeric powder and coriander powder and fry properly till oil separates out from mixture
  7. Now add this mixture into the semi-cooked dal and either simmer it or close the lid and wait for two more whistles of cooker
  8. Adjust the consistency and garnish it with coriander leaves
  9. Serve with plain white rice and enjoy !

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20 thoughts on “Masoor Daal

  1. Just tried this recipe. Awesome!!!…thanks 🙂

  2. Hello Alka
    I just made this daal from your recipe and it tastes sooo good….thanks so much for sharing.. =)

  3. Kaali ya khili, yellow or red or black – I just love dal. Great pic, dear!

  4. I just made some Masoor, although I made it the Maharashtrian way. I should try this recipe. It looks delicious.

  5. U really deserve it. I never cooked anything until I got married and came to US for work. Now just look at some food/ recipe blogs and try my hand on it. After looking at this one, it really reminded me of my mom (whos in Nashik, India) ….
    Keep up the good work atleast for newbies in cooking like me.

  6. 1 Hi Srivalli,
    Thanks a lot dear,and btw i am still in the process of deciding about the Donate Heart campaign regarding Lakshmi,coz i need to discuss it with hubby dear,who is just unable to devote his time to home,thanks to tremendous work pressure….i hope you understand!But be sure i will definitely do my bit!(Dear visitors kindly help lakshmi,she needs money urgently for heart surgery… for details visit

    2 Hi Vaishali,
    Good to know that,i love it when i find people with similar interests and similar recipes too;-)

    3 Hello Usha,
    Welcome to my Rasoi,and i hope u will keep visiting

    4 Respected Asha ji,
    I am at loss of words ,i just can’t believe that i actually received a comment from You.I truly salute your spirits,about the way you are working for our community.Kudos !!!

    5 Hi Hima,
    I will surely like to explore your blogs,coz a short trip there,made me realize that i had found yet another lovely blog to explore

    6 Hi padma,
    I guess we have shared enough in mails…so for here….Thanks for finding me;-)

    7 Hi Medhaa,
    Thanks dear,and yes i can’t have my dal rice without any subzi,and fried aloo and bhindi are ofcourse hot fav. of Sindhis 😉

    Hi surraya,
    I completely agree to what you say…surely Might is always right in today’s world !

    Hi cynthia,
    Its always a pleasure to hear from you,by now i realised that u r a gr8 fan of dal…isn’t it
    and btw pls keep us updated about the launch of your book…All the best!

    Hi notyet100,
    I guess abhi toh 100 ho gaya hoga na….with the speed u post square meals recipes,,,,i feel breathless 😉

    Hi Ec,
    Thanks for ur comments and thanks for the award….U really made my day

    Hi sia,
    Lovely lady,i m just waiting for round ups at ur blog!

    Hello Poonam,
    Well i feel elated and honored,coz i believe there couldn’t be any praise better than this, isn’t it?

  7. tawan ta mukhe muhinji mummy ji yaad karaenda aaahyo..

  8. i simply second cynthia… d-lish…

  9. this one looks so delicious,.

  10. I am licking my lips at the thought of eating this 🙂

  11. Surrayya Kapri says:

    Dear Alka
    Masru daal looks great.

    As for your lament on poor quality iphones… That is what folks in the West do to former colonies of Western countries! I once heard while in the US that non white nations are born to serve the white folk, their resources exist to provide comfort to the White race!

    In the past England built all its buildings with money taken from India and Africa and now its the American empire which uses up 30% of the world resources despite being only 7% of the world population. Might is right they say.

  12. Alka, We never cook with masoor dal, I have started actually but the split ones. Dal looks great I am actually Eyeing the aloo I love them with all dal chawals and some bhindi..:)

  13. Alka, I am also from Mumbai but now living in US. We live in Kalyan, close to Ulhasnagar, you must be knowing this place, right!

  14. Wow, you have a nice blog Alka… Where are u from? I had lot of Sindhi friends during my gradutaion days, but had few of their recipes known. I am glad I visited this site through srivalli’s. Nice to know u…

  15. I too made this dal and posted in my blog… do visit to see that recipe sometime when you can…

  16. Dear You should make some sweet dishes with substitute of Sugar for diabetic people.

    I just now decided to make narel mithai to bring it for my mom in Mumbai.
    This Dal is also very nice and can imagine should be very tasty. I asked my maid to cook it tomorrow.

  17. Hey that looks yummy,I make my dhal similarly but using a different lentil….this is my first visit to your blog,you have a very nice blog happening here with some wonderful recipes 🙂

  18. Delicious-looking dal, Alka. I make a very similar version. Lovely picture.

  19. Alka..thats a lovely dish…picture as usual is tempting!

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