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Masur Dal

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


  • ½ c. uncooked lentils
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1½ c. water
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 5 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 chili peppers
  • ½ large onion, chopped


Rinse the lentils in a strainer under running water two to three times. In a bowl, combine the washed lentils, 1 tsp. oil and ½ tsp. salt. Boil lentils in 1½ c. of water until they turn yellow and soft. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder and sugar to the boiled lentils and mix them well. In a separate pan, add rest of the oil and allow it to heat. Split the chili peppers in half and add to the heated oil. Add onion to the oil and stir until it starts to turn light brown. Add 2 Tbsp. boiled lentils (mixed with spices) into the fried onion and stir well for one minute. Add the rest of the boiled lentil mix and stir. Add 1 c. of water and allow it to boil for two minutes. Serve over white rice.

Makes six servings.

Per serving: 190 calories, 5 grams (g) fat, 5 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate and 400 mg sodium.
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