Masoor Dal Chawal

Posted: May 17, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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 Masoor Dal Chawal   

Dal chawal is the most traditional north indian food. Everyone cook dal chawal basically every day by using different kinds of dals/lentils. There are varieties of dal/lentils used in india. I still identify dal/lentils by its color, i mean i just say yellow dal, black dal , orange dal and all. The most common dals used at my house are(will write down the names so that it becomes easier for everyone to understand and search) : arhar dal, masoor dal, whole urad dal, split urad dal, spilt masoor dal(its orange in color), channa dal, moong dal etc. At my house my mom makes dal almost every day, it’s a good source of protein. So, here i am sharing a recipe for masoor dal.    

Masoor Dal

Masoor Dal

Masoor dal chawal

Masoor dal chawal


For dal:    

  • 1 cup masoor dal
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste   

For dal tadka:     

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 green chillies, de-vined, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste   


  • Wash and pressure cook dal with turmeric powder, salt to taste and 2 cups of water.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add chopped onions, garlic, ginger, dried red chillies and green chillies and cook until onions get translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and salt to taste, cook until masala separates from oil about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add  cooked dal in the pan with some water for consistency. Stir well and give a boil.
  • Serve hot with rice and desi ghee on top. 
  1. Nothing beats dal chawal – no matter what fancies foods we may indulge in. Dal chawal is a welcome home.

    Lovely recipe Suman.

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandlfavors

  2. Healthy and yummy, this is my favourite too…

  3. Hema says:

    Looks delicious with rice..Awesome Suman…

  4. Simply Life says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like this- looks great!

  5. Joanne says:

    This dal looks so incredibly appetizing. What a great dish!

  6. A very comforting dish! healthy and nutritious too 🙂

  7. Nice dal dear well presented and our faav one with rice. well presented with rice dear.

  8. sayantani says:

    thanks a ton dear for visiting me and for your nice comments. you have created a wonderful space here. love your great recipes and mouth watering pictures. the dal chawal looks delicious. very comforting meal for most of us.

  9. I need to start making dal every day! In our cuisine we make it often but not every day and yours with the garlic and tomatoes and spices sound so good, I am motivated now to establish a daily routine like your mom!

  10. The whole dish with rice looks so tasty and comforting…this dhal preparation is new for me..sounds very interesting 🙂

  11. Sridevi says:

    Very healthy and comforting food. Nice pictures.

  12. I really love the dhal varieties of North India. Preparing dhal everyday is really good especially for young children. Loved your preparation Suman 🙂

  13. Panchpakwan says:

    One of my comfort food..

  14. Namitha says:

    nutrient packed daal…yumm

  15. nutritious dal…my hubbys fav…love with philkas…nice clicks..

  16. Priya says:

    Beautiful dish, utterly delicious and nutritious..

  17. Priti says:

    One of my fav daal…I have this one in my blog too…looks delicoius …nice pics

  18. looks delicious….nice recipe suman

  19. Massor dal recipe sounds great. will try this way of thadka..that will give the authentic flavor to dal..thanks a ton for sharing the recipe

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