Masoor Dal – Split Orange Lentils

This Pakistani dish is sure to please.


  • 1 cup of Split Orange Lentils (Masoor Dal) (washed and soaked for 1/2 hour).  Substitute small yellow lentils if necessary.
  • Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 medium Tomato (chopped)
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of Ginger Root (Adrak) (peeled diced)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic (Lasan) (peeled & diced)
  • 1/4 tsp. of Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1 tsp. of Cumin Seeds (Zeera)
  • 1 tsp. of Red Chilli Powder
  • 3 cups of Water
  • 2 tbsp. of Butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Directions:

    1) Drain the lentils that have been soaking for a half hour. In a separate large pot boil the 3 cups of water. When water comes to a boil and in the lentils, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chopped tomatoes, ginger and garlic. Mix for about 5 minutes. Then cover the pot, reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes or untils lentils are well done.

    2) When the lentils are well done and soft, lower the heat. Now seperately in a frying pan heat the butter then add in the cumin seeds and onions. Fry well until the onions turn golden brown. Then add this to the cooked lentils and mix.