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Whole Masoor Dal Recipe - Sabut Masoor Dal Recipe

How to Make Sabut Masoor Dal Recipe - North Indian style dal made with brown lentils, tomatoes and spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Soaking Time30 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North Indian
Servings: 2
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 1/2 cup Whole Masoor Dal / Brown Lentils
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 2 small Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 - 2 Green Chilli
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder or as needed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 - 2 tbsp Oil
  • A big pinch of Kasoori Methi
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves


  • Rinse the whole masoor dal and soak for 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Pressure cook the soaked the dal with 1.5 cups of water for 3 – 4 whistles.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add the chopped onion and slit green chilli and saute till golden brown color.
  • Then add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell of the garlic disappears.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and fry until tomatoes are soft.
  • Then add the cooked dal, turmeric powder, garam masala, red chilli powder and salt and mix well. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Finally, add the crushed kasoori methi and combine well.
  • serve hot with rice or roti.


You can also use ghee instead of oil.
You can also add some Amchur Powder or Dry mango powder for the tanginess.