Tempered Red Lentil - Tadka Masoor Dal | Your Food Fantasy

Tempered Red Lentils

Raise hands if you are one who loves lentils? I have grew up in a household where lentil was inherent part of meal, everyday, regardless of anything else being in the meal or not. The reason there was so much emphasis of having lentils (also called dal or dhal) in meal was mainly because its rich in protein, vitamin and other minerals as well as low calories. Most importantly lentils are not so costly source of vitamins and protein.

Tempered Red Lentil | How to make Dal

Tempered Red Lentil | How to make Dal

Talking about lentils, lets understand what is lentil? Lentils are edible seeds from legume family, these have lens like shape and are sold with or with out skin.

Lentils are common food staple of Asians as well as North African cuisines, however Canada is one of the biggest producer these days.

Tempered Red Lentils - Tadka Masoor Dal Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Tempered Red Lentils – Tadka Masoor Dal Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

There are numerous dals (or lentils) and surely there is at least one dal which will appeal to your tastebuds. Two of my favourite dals are Dal Bukhara and Dal Makhni, which I make on special occasions. However, I make this red lentils or dhaba style tadka dal on regular basis.

Below is detailed and step by step recipe of Red Lentils / Masoor Dal

Tempered Red Lentil - Tadka Masoor Dal | Your Food Fantasy

Tadka Masoor dal/ Tempered Red Lentil

Red Lentils aka Masoor dahl is great source of protein and flavours. Added tempering on this dahl enhances the flavour multi-folds.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soaking 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 Portions
Calories 347 kcal



  • Wash and soak lentil for 10 minutes. Now transfer it to a pressure cooker and add 1/2 teaspoon salt and turmeric powder. Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  • In a pan heat 2 tablespoon of ghee/oil and add asafoetida and half of cumin seeds. Once they crackle, add onions and sauté till they are golden. Add grated ginger and garlic and sauté again for 2 minutes. Now add all the spices listed above and sauté again. Add chopped tomatoes and sauté till they are cooked and start leaving oil.
  • Pour the boiled dal into the pan and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes and switch off the heat. Transfer the dal into a serving bowl. For tempering, heat rest of one tablespoon ghee/oil in a tadka pan and add dry red chillies, and rest of cumin seeds. Once fried, pour it over the dal. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
    Tadka Masoor Dal - Tempered Red Lentils | Your Food Fantasy


  1. Cooking time varies with different pressure cookers so adjust the timings accordingly.
  2. Adjust the amount of water according to your desired consistency.
  3. Dal tastes best when cooked in desi ghee/ clarified butter.


Nutrition Facts
Tadka Masoor dal/ Tempered Red Lentil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 492mg21%
Potassium 846mg24%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 17g34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Dal, gluten free, Lentils, Red Lentils
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