Easy Masoor Daal (Indian Red Lentils)


Fast and simple masoor daal using red lentils.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 cup dry red lentils, rinsed and drained

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 slice ginger, 1 inch piece, peeled

  • 2 ½ cups water, or as needed

  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 4 teaspoons dried minced onion

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


  1. Place lentils, salt, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and ginger into a medium saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover lentils by 1 inch; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally and skimming off any foam that forms, until lentils are tender and soupy, 25 to 30 minutes.

  2. During the last minute of cooking, combine oil, dried onion, and cumin seeds in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until onion is browned, 45 seconds to 1 minute; be careful not to burn onion.

  3. Stir onion-oil mixture into lentils.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
5g Fat
25g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 868mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 481mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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