20 Minute Masoor Daal with Cumin Seed Oil

If I had to pick one type of cuisine to eat for the rest of my life it would be…


But if I had to pick three types of cuisine, then I’d settle on Mexican, French, and Indian. The amount of joy that I get from those types of dishes is beyond amazing. They’re like the trifecta of food in my opinion.

The other night it was my turn to make dinner and Indian food just felt right. Normally, when we make Indian food it tends to be an all day affair. We love making chana masala, butter chicken and garam masala, but those all take a while to make. But what about daal (some people spell it dal, dahl, or dhal – whatever you prefer)? Now that’s a winner – and it’s fast.

I’m partial to red lentils, so making masoor daal sounded just right. Masoor dal is made with red lentils, which I absolutely love. I didn’t have a recipe in mind, so a quick Google search lead me to this recipe. I made a few modifications, namely using coconut oil instead of veggie oil, fresh onion instead of dried onion, and adding pink Himalayan salt and some Meyer lemon juice. What resulted was a fast, delicious, and very easy to make Indian dish, ready to go in 20 minutes.

Now that’s my kind of meal.

20 Minute Masoor Dal with Cumin Seed Oil

adapted from allrecipes.com

Masoor Dal

1 cup red lentils
about 3 cups of water
1 piece of ginger, 1″ x 1/2″ thick, peeled
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Juice of 1/2 Meyer Lemon

Cumin Seed Oil

4-5 tsps coconut oil
1/4 of an onion, finely diced
1 tsp cumin seeds

In a medium size pot pour in the red lentils. Fill the pot with enough water so the lentils are covered with about 3/4″ of water.  Toss the ginger, turmeric, salt, and cayenne pepper in to the pot with the lentils. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes. Scrape off any froth. Squeeze the Meyer lemon juice in about 2 minutes before the lentils are done. If there is an excess of water, allow to cook uncovered to reduce.

While the lentils are cooking, make the cumin seed oil. Put the coconut oil in a small sauce pan on low to medium heat. Finely dice the 1/4 onion and throw into the sauce pan along with the cumin seeds. Saute for 5 minutes. Mix the Cumin Seed Oil in with the lentils while they cook.

To Serve: I served this on a sprouted brown rice and sprouted bean mix which was heavenly and topped with fresh cilantro. You can serve this on your favorite sprouted rice, quinoa, or it’s great as a stand alone or side dish to other Indian food.


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Written by Joshua

15 Responses to 20 Minute Masoor Daal with Cumin Seed Oil

  1. Kim Daly March 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    I love lentils – and Indian food. Can’t wait to give this one a try!

    • Joshua March 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      Kim, let me know how it works out for you! Have a great Friday!

  2. Shelley Alexander March 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Hi France, I adore Indian food and this lentil recipe sounds fantastic! I have some red lentils so I will be making this recipe tonight and serve it with some steamed black quinoa. Thanks for sharing!

    • France Morissette March 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      Shelley, serving it with black quinoa sounds like an awesome idea. I’d love to see a photo!

  3. Joanne March 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I would definitely be pretty happy eating Indian food every day for the rest of my life…and the less time it takes, the better! This sounds so delicious!

    • France Morissette March 17, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      Hi Joanne, SO true. It’s the time commitment that is generally associated with Indian dishes that keep us from making them more often.

  4. Jeanette March 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    I love Indian food but you’re right, it does a lot of time to prepare. Love this simple dal recipe.

  5. Joshua March 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Thanks Jeanette!

  6. Tessa@The Domestic Diva March 22, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    That cumin oil looks amazing! Since you like Indian food like me, give the Indian meat cubes a try on my blog, so many amazing flavors. It takes time to simmer, but is easy to prepare! I have quite a few Indian dishes pinned on my dinner pinterest board too… Thanks for sharing this at AFW! See you next week France!

    • France Morissette March 22, 2012 at 5:55 am #

      Thanks Tessa. I’ll go check it out.

  7. Miz Helen March 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. maiylah March 25, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    yummmm…so delicious! one of my sisters love Indian food and she made me try something similar…loved it!

    thanks so much for sharing over at Food Friday, Joshua and France
    so sorry for the late visit…no idea why, but having difficulty accessing your site…

  9. Jenn/Rook No. 17 March 27, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    What a beautiful dish! I agree, French, Indian and Mexican are three of my favorites. To that I’d have to add Japanese for the artful simplicity of the fresh seafood.


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