Masala dal recipe / dal recipe

Here’s another  recipe made with moong dal.  I had written down the recipe from some book (don’t remember the name as it was long back). While going through some old recipe books, I found this recipe and made it. It was a variation to the normal dal recipe in which coconut is not added.  This was a very flavourful recipe with the addition of coconut, cloves, cinnamon stick, onion and khus khus.  I served it with roti but it goes well with rice also.  My daughter liked it a lot.  Now to the recipe…

masala dal
Ingredients required

moong dal  – 1 cup

For masala 

fresh coconut (grated) – 1/2 cup

small onion – 2

khus khus – 1/2 tablespoon

cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon

cloves – 2

cinnamon – 1 small piece

coriander seeds – 1 tablespoon

red chilly – 3

For seasoning 

ghee/ oil  – 1 tablespoon

mustard  – 1 teaspoon

curry leaves – few

turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

coriander leaves – few

salt – to taste


1.  Wash and cook dal with water, turmeric and little salt.


2.  Grind the ingredients for the masala to a fine paste and keep it aside


3.  Cook dal to 3/4, add masala paste, 1 cup water and boil till the dal gets cooked completely.  Add salt.  Keep stirring in between to avoid burning.



4.  Heat ghee/oil, add mustard seeds, allow it to splutter.  Then add asafoetida powder and curry leaves.  Pour it on the dal.


5.  Add lime juice and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.



6.  Serve it hot with rot/chapatti or rice.



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