Lentil Dal

A steaming bowl of red lentil Dal Masoor
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  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 2 to 4 cups water, as needed
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 14 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 14 tsp coriander seeds
  • 14 tsp ground cumin
  • 14 tsp salt
  • 14 tsp black pepper
  • 12 cup plain yogurt
  • 14 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Rinse and drain the dried lentils, removing any stones and damaged lentils. Put the rinsed lentils in a pot and cover them with cold water. Bring them to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pot, and let them simmer for about 20 minutes or until the lentils start to turn tender. Add more water as needed throughout the cooking process.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste and seasonings, and continue to simmer the lentils until they are fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Top with a dollop of plain yogurt and chopped cilantro. Serve with rice and/or naan bread.


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