Nimbu Masoor Dal - Curried Lentils

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

An easy to make dish made with red lentils, which is delicious.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1/3 cup of the oil in a large, deep saucepan over a medium-low heat and cook three-quarters of the sliced onion for about 5 minutes, until soft.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, lentils and ginger, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the stock, hot water and chili powder. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about 10 minutes.
  4. Squeeze the juice from the lemon half and add to the pan with the squeezed lemon shell. Cook for a further 50 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the lemon shell.
  5. Meanwhile, chop the remaining sliced onion, heat the remaining oil in a small frying-pan and cook the chopped onion, garlic, chili and bay leaves for about 10 minutes, until the onion is browned.
  6. Add this mixture, including the oil, to the lentils when they are cooked. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve hot.
Most Helpful

This was so yummy and filling. I have just recently discovered lentils and they are such a delicious (and economic) way of fulfilling your need for beef. My kids ate a ton as well. The only thing I changed was use chicken broth instead of vegetable because it's what I had on hand. Thanks so much English!

Three Kids Make Me Crazy May 11, 2009