Khatti Masoor Daal (Sour Split Red Lentils)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

alternative way of making Masoor Daal - this is also known as Heydrabadi cooking because of the use of tamarind or other souring agents.this can also be made with split mung daal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the dal well.
  2. soak for at least 15-20 minutes or upto half hour.
  3. In a pot add the dal and a glass of water.
  4. add the salt, chili powder, Turmeric (Haldi) and leave on very low heat to cook.
  5. When the dal has softened to a paste, add the chopped tomatoes and fresh coriander and lemon juice or Tamarind juice.
  6. Cook till it is of medium consistency (not too pasty or too liquidy)
  7. In a frying pan heat the oil along with the Garlic and whole red chili and curry leaves.
  8. When the Garlic slices turn light brown add cumin seeds and wait for them to be brown but be careful not to burn them.
  9. pour the oil and its contents over the daal and cover immediately.
  10. take off heat.
  11. after a few minutes serve with plain boiled rice.