How to make Masoor and Coconut Curry -

If you want to try dal in a brand new avatar this recipe is perfect. Pressure cooked red lentils or masoor dal cooked in a tangy onion tomao masala and finished off with coconut milk. This creamy spicy dal recipe is a great accompaniment to steamed rice

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Red lentils (मसूर), Coconut milk (नारियल का दूध)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Masoor and Coconut Curry

Masoor and Coconut Curry Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Masoor and Coconut Curry Recipe

  • Red lentils ½ cup

  • Coconut milk 1 cup

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Mustard seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Asafoetida ¼ teaspoon

  • Ginger finely chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Tomato finely chopped 1 medium

  • Tamarind paste 1 teaspoon

  • Crushed black peppercorns 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Pressure cook the lentils with four cups water, turmeric powder till three whistles. Remove from heat and set aside till the pressure is released completely.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a non-stick pan. Add the curry leaves, mustard seeds, asafoetida and ginger, mix and sauté for one minute.

Step 3

Add the tomato, mix and cook till the tomatoes turn pulpy.

Step 4

Add the cooked lentils, tamarind paste, salt, crushed peppercorns and two cups water, mix and cook on low heat for five to ten minutes.

Step 5

Add the coconut milk, mix and cook on low heat for two minutes.

Step 6

Serve hot.

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