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Sabut Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentils) Curry

Sabut_Masoor_Dal_Whole_Red_Lentils_Curry_1Legumes are considered as one of the healthy food. In Indian cooking, variety of legumes/lentils are used in different size, shape and colour.  Some are used as whole, some are used as split/skinned and some are used in both ways. Tiny legumes are good source of dietary fiber.

The whole red lentils (Sabut Masoor Dal) are brown skinned and orange inside. It is easy too cook, delicious and nutritious. In a pressure cooker this can be cooked quickly and easily.


  • Whole red lentils/sabut masoor dal  – 200 gram
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Tomato – 2 no
  • Green chilli – 2 no
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds – half teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – quarter teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – half teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder – half teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves – few for garnishing
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Cooking oil – 1 tablespoon

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  • Clean and soak sabut masoor dal for 5 to 6 hours; wash again and keep; chop onion, coriander leaves and tomato; cut green chilli lengthwise.

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  • Heat cooker with oil; when oil is hot, add cumin seeds and then onion.

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  • Add salt and fry till onion is transparent and pink.

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  • Now add chopped tomato, green chilli, ginger-garlic paste and fry for few seconds.

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  • Now add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder; fry for few seconds; then add soaked/drained masoor dal and fry for few seconds.

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  • Add two and half cup of water; mix well, close with lid and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles; let the steam release on its own.

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  • Now Sabut Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentils) Curry is ready.


  • Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or chapatti.



  • Water quantity can be varied to adjust the consistency needed.

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Priya August 12, 2011, 10:01 pm

    Nutritious and protein rich curry.

  • malini August 13, 2011, 3:40 pm

    thanks, very nice, healthy dish.nice picture with temting one. i will try

  • Rashida Shaikh February 28, 2013, 7:03 pm

    This is my favourite and the final pic is perfect.
    Have a great weekend ahead!

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