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Masoor Dal Tadka in bowl with red chilli, curry leaves, garlic and cumin seeds on top

Masoor Dal Tadka

Masoor Dal Tadka - An aromatic, earthy dish that is quick, easy to make. This is a healthy recipe for Masoor Dal Tadka. Both comforting and delicious, this is the kind of dish that feels like a great big hug in a bowl. Serve with rice or roti. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4



  • 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil
  • 4 Dried Red Chillies
  • 1 Small Onion Diced
  • 4-6 Garlic Cloves Finely chopped
  • 500 grams Masoor Dal (Red Lentils)
  • 1.2 litres Water
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt

Tadka (Tempering)

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 Dried Red Chillies
  • 10 Fresh Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Garlic Clove Sliced finely



  1. Wash the lentils under cold water until the water runs clear. 

  2. Heat the ghee in the pan, then add the dried red chillies, the onion and the garlic. Cook on medium/high for 8-10 minutes until the onions are golden brown but not too dark.

  3. Add the lentils to the pan, along with the turmeric and salt and water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Stir the dal a couple of times during the cooking process.


  1. In a small frying pan, heat the ghee/oil for tempering. Add all the ingredients for the tempering and cook for a few seconds until the aroma of the spice can be smelt. Pout over the cooked dal. Serve topped with freid onions and a squeeze of lemon, with rice or roti.