Masoor Masala (Red Lentils With Onion and Garlic)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

For a great accompaniment to all manner of Indian inspired dishes, rustle up spiced red lentils with onion and garlic.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the lentils in a large saucepan and add the water. Boil until mushy.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onions until golden. Drain half of them with a slotted spoon and reserve in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the ginger and garlic pastes to the pan and stir for a few seconds. Stir in the tomatoes and the chili powder and cook until soft.
  4. Season with salt and stir in the cooked lentils.
  5. Serve hot, topped with the reserved fried onions and a sprinkling of cilantro leaves.


Most Helpful

Success! I used for this recipe for A Canadian Legion dinner for 70 people. People ate lentils who had never seen them before and raved about the goodness. Thank you!. I used dried onions and canned diced tomatoes (squeezed out the extra liquid) just because of the scale of prep. All worked fine. Highly recommended. We will use this as a staple in our home.

now2dance January 27, 2011

Really easy to make and quite tasty. I followed the recipe as shown except that I added 1 teaspoon of turmeric. I used split red lentils and it turned a little mushy but it was still really good. I will make this again. Thanks for posting.

zoé302 January 02, 2009

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