Masoor Dal Recipe

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Masoor Dal Recipe

2 cups masoor dal

1 1/2 t garam masala

1 1/2 t turmeric

1 t salt

1/3 cup oil

1 1/2 onions, chopped

1 head garlic, separated & chopped

1 (1-inch) ginger root, chopped

2 jalapeno chiles, chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch coriander, chopped


  • Rinse massor dal thoroughly, until water is clear.  In pot, bring 1 quart water to boil.  Add massor dal.
  • Cook halfway, about 10-15 minutes.  Add 1/2 t garam masala, 1/2 t turmeric and salt.  As massor dal cooks, uncovered, water will evaporate and mixture will thicken.
  • add more water to keep dal loose, like texture of thick cream.  When dal is soft, turn off heat.  Heat oil in wok.  When oil is very hot, add onions and cook until tender and translucent but not browned.
  • Add garlic, ginger & chiles.  Continue to fry until onions are deep-yellow.  Add remaining 1 t each garam masala and turmeric.
  • Do not allow spices to burn.  Keep stirring until mixture starts to stick.  Add tomatoes and cilantro.  Cook until tomato softens.
  • Pour in pot of dal and simmer to blend flavors.  Taste and add more salt, if needed.



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