Spiced Lentil with Couscous and Cucumber Raita

I pressure cooked Masoor Dal. But instead of making a regular dal, I decided to make it thick this way. I was inspired by some middle eastern food I’d eaten a long time ago. Served it with Couscous and Cucumber Raita. It was a simple and delicious middle eastern weekend lunch!

Kids loved it! My son loved the couscous as well and asked me how I’d made it. As I started to explain to him, he said it would be easier if I just posted it on my page and he could read it. Its harder, he said, if he had to remember the recipe otherwise 🙂 So here goes the recipe for him and for you all!

Couscous Recipe

I just follow the cooking instructions on the package.

What you’ll need:

  • Water – 1 cup
  • Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Couscous – 1 cup
  • Parsley, finely chopped – 1 bunch


  1. Add 1 tsp Salt and 1 tbsp Olive Oil to 1 cup water in a sauce pan. Bring it to boil and switch of heat.
  2. Add 1 cup Couscous into the water. Mix and cover with lid for atleast 5 minutes. Fluff it with a fork.
  3. Chop a bunch of Parsley and optionally Cilantro. Mix it in with the cooked Couscous.

Lentil Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • Masoor Dal
  • Red Onion, finely chopped – 1
  • Oil (extra light olive oil) – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Chili Powder or Paprika – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Tomato Paste – 1/2 cup
  • Cilantro, finely chopped


  1. Wash the Masoor Dal, add just enough water and salt to taste and cook in the Pressure Cooker until soft.
  2. In a wide pan, saute the Red Onion in Oil until it turns golden.
  3. Add the Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Chili Powder, Salt and Tomato Paste. Mix and saute on med-low for about 5 minutes.
  4. Mix the Masala into the cooked Masoor Dal. Top it with Cilantro.

Cucumber Raita Recipe

This is a very quick and easy version and tastes pretty good!

What you’ll need:

  • English Cucumber, finely chopped – 1
  • Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Chaat Masala – 1 tsp
  • Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Black Salt – 1/2 tsp or to taste


  1. Mix the chopped Cucumber, Yogurt, Chaat Masala, Chili Powder and Black Salt.

Plate the Couscous, Spiced Masoor Dal and a nice scoop of Cucumber Raita. Enjoy!!