Sabut Masoor Dal is a healthy dish made from whole Masoor (brown-skinned whole lentils) which is cooked in an onion-tomato masala.
Whole masoor dal is a lentil which is light brown in color from outside, and orange in color from inside (split masoor). Sabut masoor ki dal is usually made as a slightly thick curry. Some people also prefer to mash the dal to make its consistency thicker.
What is dal?
Dal is basically a stew of cooked pulses cooked in an Indian gravy. It is an essential part of Indian main course and in many parts of the country, it is made daily to go with Indian breads like roti, naan etc. as well as with rice.
Healthy and delicious
Sabut Masoor Dal is highly rich in proteins and fiber. It has an earthly flavor, is easy to digest and is very palatable.
Whole pulses are rich in nutrients, some of which are lost during splitting and skinning them. The top layer is rich in fibers and vitamins and thus from the angle of nutrition, whole pulses are a better choice.
To make Sabut Masoor Dal at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
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Sabut Masoor Dal Recipe | Whole Masoor Dal
Ingredients For Sabut Masoor Dal Recipe | Whole Masoor Dal
- 1 Cup Sabut/Whole Masoor Dal (Indian Brown Lentils)
- 1 Medium Sized Onion
- 2 Large Tomatoes
- 3-4 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Inch Piece of Ginger
- 1-2 Green Chillies
- 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Heeng (Asafoetida)
- 1.5 Teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhaniya Powder)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
- 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
- 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
- 1/4 Cup Coriander Leaves (Cilantro or Dhaniya)
- 1 Tablespoon Oil or Ghee
Step By Step Instructions for Sabut Masoor Dal Recipe | Whole Masoor Dal
- Wash and rinse whole masoor dal under cold running water till water becomes clear. Put cleaned whole masoor dal into pressure cooker.1 Cup Sabut/Whole Masoor Dal (Indian Brown Lentils)
- Add 2-3 cups of water in it along with Haldi (turmeric powder) and salt and mix well. Pressure cook it for 10-12 minutes till you hear 3-4 whistles from the cooker. Wait for the pressure cooker to cool down and open it when no steam is left. Dal should be soft, but not mushy.1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi), 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
- Heat some oil in a pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Also put a pinch of heeng (asafoetida) in the pan.1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera), 1/4 Teaspoon Heeng (Asafoetida)
- Then add one medium sized chopped onion. Roast the onions for a couple of minutes.1 Medium Sized Onion
- Add ginger, garlic paste and green chilli to the mixture. Cook till mixture becomes golden brown in color which indicates that onions have been thoroughly cooked.3-4 Garlic Cloves, 1 Inch Piece of Ginger, 1-2 Green Chillies
- Add pureed or chopped tomatoes to the mixture. Fry it till the tomatoes are cooked and the gravy starts to get a good color.2 Large Tomatoes
- Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala and heeng (asafoetida). Salt and turmeric powder (haldi) was already added to the dal, so no need to add it again.1.5 Teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhaniya Powder), 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala, 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder, 1/4 Teaspoon Heeng (Asafoetida)
- Slowly cook this till you see oil releasing from this masala mixture. Tomatoes and onions should have turned soft by now.
- Add cooked sabut masoor dal to this masala and mix it well. Simmer the dal for few minutes on low/medium flame. If dal is too thick, you can add water as required to get the right consistency. Also add salt to taste.
- Garnish Sabut Masoor dal with kasuri methi or chopped coriander leaves. Dal is ready to be served with rice dish or rotis.1/4 Cup Coriander Leaves (Cilantro or Dhaniya)
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