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VeganMofo Day 10: I had plans to post everyday for this year’s Veganmofo. So much for my wishful thinking, little did I realize that tending for a newborn can be so time consuming, even though all I’m doing is holding her so she doesn’t spit up or rocking her to sleep. It’s been 5 years since we had done this with my older one and I don’t really remember what we did when he was a little baby. Time surely flies..

Thankfully my mom is here to help me out and for today’s post I have this delicious Masoor dal Sambar that she made for our lunch. I usually use toor dal to make sambar. Masoor dal makes a smoother and milder tasting sambar. Vegetables like eggplant, bottle gourd, carrot, potato, chayote etc can be added to the sambar to make it more substantial.

Indian Style Red Lentil Stew
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Masoor Dal Sambar Yum
Masoor dal makes a smoother and milder tasting sambar. Vegetables like eggplant, bottle gourd, carrot, potato, chayote etc can be added to the sambar to make it more substantial.
Masoor Dal Sambar
Course soups stews
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Masoor Dal
  • 1 Onion - medium, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tomato - medium, chopped
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsps Sambar powder (homemade or store bought, I use 777 brand sambar powder)
  • 3 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tbsps Coriander leaves - finely chopped
For Tempering:
  • 1/8 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Red Chili Dry
  • ¼ tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 6 - 8 Curry Leaves
Course soups stews
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Masoor Dal
  • 1 Onion - medium, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tomato - medium, chopped
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsps Sambar powder (homemade or store bought, I use 777 brand sambar powder)
  • 3 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tbsps Coriander leaves - finely chopped
For Tempering:
  • 1/8 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Red Chili Dry
  • ¼ tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 6 - 8 Curry Leaves
Masoor Dal Sambar
Instructions
  1. Pressure cook masoor dal (red lentils) until very tender and mushy.
  2. Heat 2tsp oil in a sauce pan, add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add the onions and saute until lightly browned around the edges.
  3. Next add the tomatoes and cook covered until mushy.
  4. Add tamarind paste, sambar powder and turmeric, cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked dal along with 1-2 cups of water and salt; bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Adjust seasoning.
  6. Serve with rice or idlis or dosas.
Recipe Notes

Indian Style Red Lentil Stew

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4 thoughts on “Masoor Dal Sambar (Indian Style Red Lentil Stew)”

  1. I often make it this way as arhar dal is not very common in Bengali households. we love masoor dal and am salivating at the pictures.

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