Masoor Dhal

by a UK based family originating in Pakistan
09 July 2017


Diet Type:Main course

Healthy Hints

Dhal is a very healthy food, so don’t be too put off by the warning above. All you need to do is replace the ghee with a tablespoon of healthier fats like rapeseed, canola, corn or sunflower oil. This will reduce the amount of saturated fat you get in a serving, helping you keep an eye on your blood cholesterol.



250 g (1⅓ cups) masoor dhal, (red lentils)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp coriander powder

1 green chilli, finely chopped

1 tsp turmeric

4 tbsp ghee

4 tsp fresh garlic, crushed

1 tsp cumin powder

What does this chart mean?

Serving Weight 215 g
  • Calories364kcal
  • Protein17.0g
  • Fat15.3g
  • Saturated fat9.4g
  • Carbohydrate41.2g
  • Sugars (Total)1.9g
  • Fibre7.7g
  • Salt1.5g


1. Boil the dhal over a medium heat with the salt, coriander powder, green chilli and turmeric until soft. Check often to make sure it doesn't boil dry.

2. Heat the ghee in a frying pan. Add the garlic and cumin powder and add this "tarka" to the cooked dhal. Stir in some hot water if you prefer a thinner consistency.

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