Feb 182014
Bengali Masoor Dal Recipe

Bengali Masoor Dal

Bengali Masoor Dal is a rich and hearty lentil dish made with split red lentils (malka masoor) and a minimal of spices. This delicious Bengali dal recipe can be made with sabut masoor dal or whole red lentils too. This Indian dal is best served with basmati rice.

Red lentil dal has high-protein and high fiber content. It’s rich in antioxidants and iron and helps reduce blood cholesterol levels. Vegans can cook red lentils as a meat substitute.

Split Red Lentils for Bengali dal recipe

Red Lentils

Bengali Masoor Dal Recipe Step By Step:

Red lentil dal is simple, comforting, and easy to put together with bare minimum ingredients. It’s my go-to dal recipe when I crave something wholesome and filling and it never ever fails to please.

How to make Red Gram Bengali Masoor Dal:

To make simple and wholesome Bengali Masoor Dal with onion tadka, pressure cook malka masoor (split red lentils) till tender.

Boiled Malka Masoor Dal Recipe

Boiled dal

Meanwhile slice onions finely and slit the green chillies for malka masur dal.

Split Red Lentil Dal Recipe seasoning


Heat desi ghee in a frying pan and season with kala jeera (onion seeds). Add finely sliced onions and 1-2 slit green chillies. Saute till the onions brown.

Malka Masoor Dal Recipe Tadka


Pour in the cooked split red lentils and simmer till the dal absorbs all the flavours.

Add cooked split red lentils to tempering for dalr recipe

Add dal to tadka

Serve Bengali Pyaaz Diye Masoor Dal with Steamed Rice and Jhuri Aloo Bhaja.

Malka Split Red Lentils Dal With Onions Recipe

Red Lentil Dal Served

If you are looking for more Indian dahl recipes, do try out Dal Tadka and Makhni Dal.

Red Lentils Masoor Dal Recipe details:

Bengali Masoor Dal
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Bengali Masoor Dal is a simple, nourishing dal with a wonderful texture, rich colour and lovely aroma. Malka Masur dal made with red split lentils is a wholesome comfort meal, easy to cook and delicious to savor. I love lentils and Bengali masoor dal recipe is perfect when you’re pressed for time. Learn how to make red lentil dal recipe.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 2
Calories: 56 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Red lentils – ½ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Onions – 1
  • Green Chilli – 1
  • Kalonji Nigella seeds – ½ tsp
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Oil/ghee – 1 tsp
  1. Clean and wash the masoor lentils. Pressure cook the dal till soft.
  2. Meanwhile, finely slice the onion and slit the green chilli lengthwise.
  3. Heat ghee in a skillet and toss in the nigella seeds.
  4. Once they start to sizzle, add the sliced onion and green chilli. Saute for a few minutes, till the onions are nicely fried and turn brown.
  5. Pour in the cooked red masoor dal, add salt and simmer for 1-2 minutes till all the flavours are nicely absorbed.
  6. Remove and serve Bengali Dal Red Lentil with Rice or Roti.
Recipe Notes

* You can add chopped tomatoes and boiled green peas to the tadka and cook till the tomatoes turn soft and then add the dal.
* Lemon juice can be added at the end.

Bengali Masoor Dal With Onion Tadka | Pyaaz Diye Masoor Red Lentil Dal
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