Mom’s Masoor ki Daal (Pink Lentils)

Masoor daal is one of the regular daals in my kitchen. This is my daughter’s favorite daal too.  It is very easy to make specially on those busy week nights when you have limited time.  This doesn’t need soaking overnight like a couple of other lentils.  It literally takes 15 minutes to prepare this daal with a handful ingredients.




  • 1 cup masoor dal
  • 2 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1-2 whole red dry chillies
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • tomato puree
  • 5-6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1-2 green chillies chopped
  • ginger chopped


Wash the daal thoroughly.  In a pressure cooker, add olive oil and then add the whole red chillies, mustard seeds and curry leaves.  Let it splutter.


Add the chopped garlic and let it turn slightly brown, then add ginger and green chillies.


Stir for a couple of minutes then add the tomato puree.  Let it cook for 3-4 minutes and add turmeric, salt and red chilli powder.



At this time, add the washed daal and stir for a few minutes.  Now add water and place the pressure cooker lid and cook it for 10-15 minutes or 2-3 whistles. Open the pressure cooker and check the consistency to see how thick or thin the daal is and adjust accordingly.  Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with rice or roti.

Masoor ki Daal Collage

If you like the recipe, please comment below after you give it a try and share it on Facebook.  Would like to hear from you. Your comments, likes, dislikes, matters to me.  Thank you for stopping by!!

Happy Cooking!!!!






  1. Hi Sarika,

    I am a member of Chef at LArge (on facebook) and found your recipe post there. I decided to try this recipe out and it turned out delicious. My husband who eats only moong dal, loved it too.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I’m excited to try out your other recipes too.


    • Hi Kiran, Thank you for your feedback. I feel so good when someone tries my recipe and likes it. Feeling so happy. thank you once again.


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