Kaali Masoor Dal| Brown Lentil Curry

Kaali Masoor Dal (Brown Lentil) is healthy and nutritious. It is cooked with onions and a few spices. It is goes perfect with any of your favorite breads like phulkas, parathas or just jeera rice.

Also try: Chana Dal or Moong Dal.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Time: Preparation – 20 mins, Cooking – 25 mins, Total – 45 mins.

Servings: 2-3


  1. Brown Lentil (Kaali Masoor) – 1/2 cup
  2. Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)
  3. Asafoetida – a large pinch
  4. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  5. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  6. Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 tsp
  8. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  9. Ghee (Clarified Butter) – 1 tbsp
  10. Water – 2.5 cups
  11. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Kaali Masoor Dal:

  1. Soak dal for 20 mins, then rinse it thoroughly and add to a pressure cooker. Add onions, turmeric powder, water and salt. Mix and close the lid
  2. Let first whistle blow on a high flame, then turn the flame to low and cook for 20 mins
  3. Turn off the flame and do not release the pressure. Once pressure settles down open it and check if dal is cooked else cook for another 1-2 whistles
  4. Add garam masala powder and coriander powder. Mix
  5. Heat ghee in a ladle or a small pan. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let it splutter
  6. Add red chili powder and let it splutter for a few seconds
  7. Immediately pour the tempering on the dal and mix. Your Kaali Masoor Dal is ready. Serve hot with rice or phulkas.


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