Masoor Dal Curry

One advantage of having kids is the reminders that they keep giving you, if you forget something. Especially when it comes to saying prayers at some important activities in life, I really find them the best alarms to be used!


Scene 1:
Rasha, Azza and I move out of our house. As I close the door:
Rasha: “Ummi, did you say the prayer while getting out of the house?”
She then starts reciting it – I’m amazed how quickly they learn them from their madrassas, whereas when we slog like mad, they refuse to enter their head!
Azza: *perplexed* Hehe…


Scene 2:
As I enter the washroom to give Azza her morning chores:
Rasha: “Ummi, you didn’t say the prayer for entering the toilet!”
Me: “No darling, I said it in my mind.” *Smiles*
Rasha does not look convinced as such! πŸ™‚


Scene 3:
As we have our dinner:
Rasha: *looking sad*
Me: “What happened, dear?”
Rasha: “I forgot to say ‘Bismillah’ when I started eating. *thinks* but I can say ‘Bismillah Awwaluhu waAakhiruhu, right?” *smiles in anticipation*
Me: “Yes, you can…” *smiles back*


No wonder why kids are always called as ‘angels’… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


Lentils very rarely feature on our menu at home. Somehow, nobody except me and the kids are interested in having lentils for dinner. I feel that on a lazy day, a bowl of lentils and a couple of chapathis to dip is one of the best comfort meals that you can ever have. I don’t know how many of you would agree to that. On days when I am assured that the men in the house may not have dinner at home, a bowl of lentil curry suddenly makes its way from the kitchen to our tables in less than 30 minutes. Once the chapathis are over, I find myself licking the pan to the core! πŸ˜‰ The easiest dal of course is masoor or the red lentil, so we always have one big jar of it in stock at any time. Off to the way I cook my dal curry with masoor…



Masoor Dal Curry

Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 -4
Author Rafeeda


  • 3/4 cup masoor dal cooked with sufficient water and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 meduim onion thinly sliced
  • 1 meduim tomato chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Heats a saucepan with the oil. Splutter cumin seeds.
  • Add the onion and saute till soft.
  • Add the tomato and saute till mashed up.
  • Now add the ginger garlic pastes and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add the coriander, turmeric and red chilli powders and cook till a nice aroma wafts in the kitchen.
  • Now add the cooked masoor dal to this masala and give it a nice stir.
  • Cook on low flame on simmer for around 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in the garam masala powder and adjust the salt.
  • Serve garnished with curry leaves or coriander leaves, as desired...

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  1. we are the opposite Raf. Lentil dishes are always there. All sort of combo with all sort so veggies inside. Still, sometimes we need a change; a different version. I shall try this for coming weekend. The lentil dish is so good and impressive.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  2. perfect dal. What I need is some chapathi's to go with it. You are making me hungry now. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Lisha… πŸ™‚

  3. it looks yummy and perfect!

    1. Thank you so much Amila…

  4. Very nice Rafeada πŸ™‚ masoor daal curry turned out great; this is so loved by my husband he can have it at every meal everyday lolx.. good to hear and your kids need to be appreciated ; angels mashallah very nice they are grown so well under a guidance of great mom πŸ™‚ credit goes to you πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚ It's more of Allah's rahmath than anything else, dear… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Asha…

  5. wow… yummy and healthy πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Heena… πŸ™‚

  6. Kids are angels, i dont have any doubt in it.. Dal curry looks very comforting and can survive for many days with this dal.

    1. Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  7. yum.. remember eating masoor dal long time back…

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  8. Lentils are a part of life. We cannot live without them. Looks yum

    1. Thank you so much Humi…

  9. Healthy tasty simply divine curry Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  10. Delicious curry ….. Nice recipe!!

    1. Thank you so much Sony…

  11. delicious and tasty curry

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  12. Thank you for reminding me to make masoor dal curry. Haven't made that for a long time. You are right kids are angels.

    1. Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  13. Lentils are prepared every alternate days in our home, this 1 luks delicious…..

    1. Thank you so much Razina…

  14. Aww…so cute urs girls are… πŸ™‚

    Perfect dal curry…Chapathi and this dal curry and a little pickle by its side could make a very fulfilling dinner for me

    1. Thank you so much Anupa… πŸ™‚

  15. curry looks very inviting, i wud definitely try this πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Preeti… πŸ™‚

  16. Kids are truly angels dear, and loved their innocent conversations πŸ™‚ ,
    ive never cooked much with masoor dal, will try this out, would be great with rotis i guess

    1. Thank you so much Pria… πŸ™‚

  17. delicious looking dal! Would love to have this with some roti!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  18. curry looks delicious , your girls sound wonderful πŸ™‚ remembering all the prayers each time πŸ™‚ .

    1. Alhamdulillah… πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Nammi…

  19. Really Kids are god's best gift!
    Dal looks so delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Rekha…

  20. mashaallah… yes! the kids capture the duas quickly.. barakallah..
    this lentil curry..i could have at any time.. be it with rice or chappathi, it is the easiest n healthiest option..
    btw your pictures are improving dayby day.. great!mashaallah.. πŸ™‚

    1. JazakAllah khairan dear… thank you so much for your encouragement! πŸ™‚

  21. Love this curry,a true comfort food

    1. Thank you so much Harini…

  22. Oh we love lentil curry all the time rafeeda and right as you say masoor has a super flavor on its own.

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  23. Really kids are the wonderful gifts of God…..They fills the emptiness and imperfections of ourselves with their overwhelming joy and smile……Their smile itself is a gud answer to all our queries and worries………Love ur post……the scenes of the kids and the recipe… to have this dal curry with chappathi and kadumanga (mango pickle) πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your lovely words, Remya… πŸ™‚

  24. Mashaallah…feel so happy
    Curry looks so delicious dear….

    1. Jazakallah khairan, Resna…

  25. Your little angels sound so cute, they remind me of my nieces. Simple & delicious lentil curry!

    1. Thank you so much Ambreen…

  26. MaShaAllah…sweet kids..
    simple and delicious dal…

    1. Alhamdulillah! Thank you so much Ruxana…

  27. Awww, Rasha and Azza are soo sweet…
    The daal looks comforting..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

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