Bengali Style Masoor Daal

Step 1: Boil the masoor daal with salt, turmeric powder, tomato and onion

Step 1: Boil the masoor daal with salt, turmeric powder, tomato and onion

Masoor Daal is quite a popular favourite amongst Bengalis. Tempered with onion seeds, this daal goes beautifully well with Gondhoraaj lemon, fluffy steamed white rice and of course, how can we forget the quintessential aalu bhaja (thinly sliced potato fritters) or Aalu Bhujia on the side.

There are days, especially on weekends when the family wants me to enter the kitchen to prepare something special for them – starting with the Sunday chicken biryani, Bengali style Mutton Curry, my famous Tadka wala daal which even my neighbours vouch for, kala chana pulav, to Chinese, a bake or roast or just the simple soulful Bengali dishes that go so well before an afternoon siesta.

Step 2: Prepare the tempering with mustard oil,  garlic, onion seeds & more

Step 2: Prepare the tempering with mustard oil, garlic, onion seeds & more

So here’s my version of the Masoor Daal which everyone loves.

Ingredients:

  • Masoor daal -1/2 cup washed and soaked
  • Tomato – 1 small sliced
  • Onion – 1 small sliced
  • Green Chilli – 1 cut in half
  • Garlic flakes – 4-5 nos.
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric – half a teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – half a teaspoon
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Onion seeds – 1 small teaspoon
  • Mustard Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
Step 3: Sunshine yellow masoor daal is ready!

Step 3: Sunshine yellow masoor daal is ready!

Method:

  1. Add about 3 cups of water to the masoor daal, along with the sliced tomato, onion, salt and turmeric.
  2. Give it a few whistles and let it rest.

For tempering:

  1. Heat the mustard oil, add the ghee, onion seeds, hing, green chilli, garlic, red chilli powder. Stir well.
  2. Once it reaches a boil, add it to the boiled daal.
  3. Mix well and serve hot.
Make Masoor Daal in just 3 easy steps

Make Masoor Daal in just 3 easy steps

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