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masara di dal, masran di dal, masoor ki dal

Masra di Dal Recipe {Red Lentils}


Quick cooking red lentils (masar/masoor) make this the perfect choice as a weeknight dal. Cooked in a traditional Punjabi homestyle. 



For the dal (lentils):
1 cup of masar (red lentils) washed
5 cups of water
1 tbs ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp turmeric

For the tadka (tempering):

*note – you can also use half a portion of my Punjabi tadka recipe if you have some in the fridge already

1 tbsp ghee
1 small onion chopped
1 chopped tomato
3 cloves of garlic chopped
1/2 piece inch piece of ginger chopped
1 chopped green chilli (optional)
1/2 tbs cumin seeds
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tbs coriander powder
1/4 tsp red chili (optional to taste)
1/2 tsp garam masala for finishing
1/4 cup chopped cilantro for finishing


1. Wash your lentils 2-3 times until the water runs clear. 

2. In a large stock pot add all of the dal ingredients – washed masar (red lentils), water, ginger garlic paste, salt, and turmeric. Bring to a boil.

3. Once the dal comes to a boil, drop the the heat to low/medium – the water should not be boiling, just lightly simmering. Check the consistency after 15 minutes. If it looks too thick, add a 1/2 cup of water. Cook for another 5 minutes. (Total cooking time 20 minutes)

4. While the dal is boiling, you can start working on the tadka (tempering). Heat the ghee on medium high heat, and add the cumin seeds. Roast for 60 seconds and then add the onion. 

5. Let the onion sweat out and caramelize for 3-4 minutes before adding the garlic, ginger, and green chilli. Cook this mixture for an additional minute. 

6. Add tomatoes, salt, red chili, and coriander powder.  Cook this mixture until the tomatoes lose their moisture and begin to pull away from the pan, 2-3 minutes. For detailed directions on making a tadka, watch this video.

7. Add a ladle of your warm dal into the tadka mixture and deglaze the pan. Use your stirring spoon to collect any little bits from bottom of the pan, and then add the tadka mixture into the dal. 

8. Add garam masala and chopped cilantro to the dal to finish, mix together and cook for 1-2 minutes. 

9. Serve with hot phulkas or rice. 


  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Category: dal/lentils
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Keywords: masoor dal, masra di dal, red lentils