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Masoor Dal with Toasted Spices

A spicy and delicious dal made with red lentils
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main/Dal
Cuisine: gluten-free, Indian, nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 116kcal


  • Saucepan



  • In a skillet, toast the cumin and coriander seeds for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Remove to the blender.
  • Toast the garlic in the skillet until it starts getting brown spots. Also add to blender along with the tomatoes.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Heat oil and add onions and sugar. Cook on a medium flame for about 10 minutes until onions turn brown.
  • Add the blended mixture of tomatoes and spices, chili powder, turmeric and salt, and cook until the mixture starts drying and turns a few shades darker.
  • Add the lentils and cook for another 10 minutes. Add as much water as you like to thin out the dal to the preferred consistency.
  • Garnish with cilantro or mint and serve hot.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2.6mg