In India masoor dal is very common and people eat this dal with rice and chapatti along with other dishes. In some part of country people call it malka also. There are several recipes for this dal but two are very common. I will write two recipes for masoor dal.
Recipe for 1st Whole masoor dal
Whole masoor dal 1 cup
Ginger 1 inch
Garlic 7-8 cloves
Onion for paste 2 medium size
Mustard oil 4-5 spoon.
Onion Ring four five
Cumin seed 1/2 table spoon
Bay leaves 1-2
Fenugreek (Methi)1/2 table spoon
Coriander powder 2 table spoon
Turmeric powder 1/2 table spoon
Garam masala 1 table spoon
Cumin powder 1 table spoon
Red chilly powder 1 table spoon
Coriander leaves 1-2 bunch
Prepare masala paste of Onion, Garlic, Zinger, Turmeric powder, Coriander powder, Garam Masala, Red chilly powder in a grinder by adding some water
Take a pressure cooker and heat oil in it
Now add bay leaf, Fenugreek and cumin seed and stir it till color change
Now add onion ring and stir it till rings get brown
Now add masala paste and salt and cook it by stirring till oil separation
Add washed masoor to it and add 5 cup water
Close the lid and pressure cook it for 10 minutes
After this wait for pressure release
Check whether dal is cooked properly or not because some masoor lentils take more time in cooking. If it is not cooked well then re-cook it for 3-5 min
Now add tomato and boil dal for 1-2 minutes
Add green coriander leaves (You can also add finally chopped ginger)and serve it in main course along with chapatti and rice.
First recipe is for red masoor dal washed (malka) and second it for whole masoor.
Recipe for 2nd Masoor dal.
1 cup red masoor/malka dal
1-2 dried red chilly whole
Cumin seed 1 table spoon
Ginger garlic paste 1 table spoon
Turmeric 1/2 table spoon
Mustard oil/ Clarified butter(Desi ghee) 1-2 spoon
Salt to taste
Wash dal carefully and put dal and 4 cup water in pressure cooker. Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt. Close the lid and pressure cook it on high flame till cooker blows first whistle and turn off stove. Wait till all the pressure is released. Dal is ready now you have to make and add tadaka to it.
Heat oil/ghee in a deep frying pan and add cumin and red chilly and stir it till cumin and chilly start changing color. Now add this tadaka to dal.
Masoor dal is ready, serve with main course along with chapatti and rice.