How to make Sookhi Masoor Dal -

Masoor dal cooked in an onion tomato masala to make this dry preperation.Sookhi Masoor Dal is a dry preparation cooked in well-chosen spices and is not only tasty but also brims with protein, iron and folic acid. It goes well with any Indian bread

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Main Ingredients : Split red lentils (masoor dal), Oil (ऑइल)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Dals and Kadhis

For more recipes related to Sookhi Masoor Dal checkout Thikri Ki Dal, Srilankan Dal Curry, Panchmel Dal. You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like Dal Makhni Dal Dhokli Methi ki Kadhi-SK Khazana Arbi Ki Kadhi

Sookhi Masoor Dal

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Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 1-1.30 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Sookhi Masoor Dal Recipe

  • Split red lentils (masoor dal) soaked 1 cup

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Black peppercorns 4-5

  • Asafoetida 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onions finely chopped 3 medium

  • Ginger cut into juliennes + for garnishing 1 inch

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Tomatoes chopped 2 small

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add cloves, peppercorns and sauté.

Step 2

Add asafoetida, mix and sauté. Add onion and sauté till they are golden.

Step 3

Add ginger, green chillies, mix and sauté for a while.

Step 4

Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder. Mix well, add dal and salt and mix well.

Step 5

Add a little water, mix well, cover and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 6

Add tomatoes, mix well, cover and cook till the dal is soft.

Step 7

Add garam masala powder and lemon juice. Mix well and let it get through.

Step 8

Serve garnished with ginger juliennes.

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