Red Lentil Curry

Red Lentil Curry

5 from 13 votes
This masoor dal recipe, known as red lentil curry in English, is flavourful, nutritious, and delicious. Lightly spiced yet packed with flavour this dal curry recipe is perfect for any diet even if you’re a vegan or coeliac sufferer or even just trying to be healthy.

Masoor dal is a flavourful, tasty, and nutritious red lentil recipe. It is a popular lentil-based curry that is extremely common across Pakistan and India. This vegan curry is full of proteins so is a perfect substitute for meat-based dishes.

It can be prepared in under an hour and is delicious comfort food for those cold, winter nights. Wonderfully aromatic and bursting with flavour, this Indian masoor dal recipe will certainly wow your taste buds!

There as so many different types of dal out there that I sometimes am at a loss at which one to make. I love every single one of them. I mean, who doesn’t love dal? Don’t answer that. I know there are many dal haters out there. Although this recipe is sure to convert your hatred.

I have several different dal recipes already from my urad dal recipe to my rajma masala recipe to my tadka dal recipe. Even if you’re not the greatest fan of masoor dal I am sure there will be one dal recipe that will be for you.

This dal recipe is made with masoor dal. In English masoor dal is known as red lentils. Like most lentils, red lentils are also one ingredient that is very healthy and nutritious.

This recipe is naturally low in calories, high in fibre and protein and it is gluten-free. This dal curry recipe is a healthy addition to any diet, and it is especially great for vegans and vegetarians as it is a great way to get your intake of protein.

There are many ways to cook masoor dal and each desi household is guaranteed to have its own way to cook this simple, yet delicious recipe. In my recipe, the lentils are cooked until tender then simmered in a spicy onion and tomato base.

This masoor dal recipe needs only basic pantry staples, so there is no need for anyone to go running back and forth to the shops.

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Red Lentil Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
This masoor dal recipe, known as red lentil curry in English, is flavourful, nutritious, and delicious. Lightly spiced yet packed with flavour this dal curry recipe is perfect for any diet even if you’re a vegan or coeliac sufferers or even just trying to be healthy.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 273 kcal



  • In a pan add the oil and heat up on medium heat until hot
  • Add the cumin seeds and finely chopped garlic then sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant
  • Add the finely diced onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened
  • Add the salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, and finely chopped green chillies then cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add the chopped tomato and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft
  • As the tomatoes are cooking wash the lentils then cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add the water then mix before covering and cook for 20 minutes on medium heat until soft
  • Remove lid and cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened to personal preference
  • Serve with homemade chapatti and enjoy!



Calories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 14gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 459mgPotassium: 640mgFiber: 17gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 514IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Curry, Dal, Lentils, Vegan, Vegetarian
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1 year ago

5 stars
Thanks so much made this twice thanks to you!! X

Bill Vinett
Bill Vinett
27 days ago

5 stars
Followed the recipe. Best dal I’ve eaten. This will be in regular rotation. Just delicious.

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