Saboot Masoor Dal (Lentil)

My husband’s favorite! Anytime I dont feel like cooking, he’ll say he’ll make some nice masoor dal 🙂

I’ve been told that I dont make dal often enough! It really is a hearty dal/lentil dish. Very nutritious, easy one pot dish. Mixed with rice or quinoa, and topped with some ghee or butter, yumm!!

What you’ll need:

  • Masoor Dal (with skin) – 3 cups
  • Green Chilies, cut – 4 to 5
  • Ginger, chopped – 1 inch piece
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Extra Light Olive Oil – 2 tbsps
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 2 tsp
  • Asafoetida/Hing – 1/8 tsp
  • Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch piece
  • Black Elaichi – 1
  • Onion, cut thiny lenghwise  – 1 large
  • Tomatoes, chopped – 1 large
  • Rajma Masala (or Channa Masala) – 2 tsps
  • Cilantro, chopped


  1. In a pressure cooker, add the washed Masoor Dal, 2 to 3 cups of Water, Green Chilies, Ginger, Turmeric Powder and Salt. Cover and cook until soft (3-4 whistles).
  2. In the meantime, in a wide pan, add the Oil, Mustard Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Hing, Cinnamon Stick and Black Elaichi. Let the seeds start to splutter.
  3. Add the Onion and Tomatoes and saute until the Onion starts to caramelize, turns golden.
  4. Add the Rajma Masala and season with Salt.
  5. Once the Masoor Dal is cooked, adjust water to get the right Dal consistency and bring to a boil. Add this Masala into the Dal.
  6. Top it off with the chopped Cilantro. Enjoy with hot steamed rice or quinoa or roti!! A dollop of butter or ghee tastes even better 🙂