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Masoor mussalam
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5 from 4 votes

Masoor Musallam

Masoor Musallam is a classic red lentil dish from Lucknow
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dal
Servings: 6
Calories: 212kcal


  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup masoor dal, whole
  • 3 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion sliced pole to pole
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • ½ flower mace
  • 5 pods green cardamom
  • 1 tsp paprika or mild red chili powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger cut into thin sticks
  • ½ cup greek yogurt, full fat
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds


  • Inspect dal, remove any seeds, thoroughly wash until the water runs clear
  • In an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsp of ghee and add onions. Fry until they turn crisp and golden brown
  • Remove onions and set aside. Now add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves to the ghee and fry for 20-30 seconds.
  • Add cayenne, garlic, salt and water. Mix.
  • Add dal and onions. Cook for 8 minutes.
  • Mash dal a bit, not completely, it should have a mixture of textures.
  • Add yogurt and ginger sticks. Boil for 5 minutes.
  • Make a vaghaar of 1 tbsp ghee, cumin and paprika by heating the oil, then toasting the ingredients in the oil. Pour over the dal and serve.



Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3mg