Today we have one of our favorites to share with you, our Masoor Dal recipe, which is stewed red lentils. Can we talk lentils for a minute? I absolutely love them. I think they’re one of the few perfect foods out there. I love the texture and how you can pack them with loads of flavor. I also love soups and stews, so it’s not really surprising that I would be into dal especially masoor dal, or stewed red lentils.
I love making giant batches of this recipe and eating it throughout the week. This is one of my favorite meal prep recipes. I can seriously eat this all week, either by itself or over some rice or even sopping it up with some pita. This is really great for anytime of the year and is always so filling and satisfying.
What is Masoor Dal?
Masoor dal translates to red lentils and is a popular Indian dish of stewed red lentils, flavored with spices.
Are red lentils good for your health?
Yes! Red lentils are a great source of protein, potassium and fiber. They leave you feeling full throughout the day despite being low in calories.
What is fenugreek?
Fenugreek is an herb typical to Indian dishes. Both the leaves and seeds can be used. It has a strong herbacious, slightly bitter and nutty flavor that is often described as a cross between celery and maple.
What can you substitute for fenugreek?
If you’re unable to find fenugreek, mustard greens or seeds are a good substitute. Fenugreek powder is also generally a component of curry powder and can also be used to enhance the flavor of a dish.
Can you freeze Masoor Dal?
Yes! You can freeze stewed red lentils. The best way to freeze it is completely cool the dal before transferring into airtight containers. When ready to use, transfer the frozen dal into a pot along with 1/2 to 2 cups water or stock. Melt over medium-high heat and boil until completely heated through. Season as needed with salt and pepper. Serve.
This Masoor Dal recipe is also perfect if you’re looking to cook something with only a handful of simple and mostly easy to find ingredients. If you use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock it’s completely vegan too. If you love lentils as much as we do, we also have this delicious Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe. Enjoy! xx, Jenny
Masoor Dal (Stewed Red Lentils)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or ghee
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 1 serrano chile, seeded and diced
- 1 cup red lentils
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons dried fenugreek leaves
- 15 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1 quart vegetable stock or chicken stock
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
- Pour oil or ghee into a dutch oven and place over medium-high heat.
- Add sweet potatoes and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in onions, garlic, ginger, and Serrano chile and continue to sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir in red lentils, cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, and fenugreek leaves and continue to cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until mixture becomes fragrant and slightly smoky in scent.
- Add diced tomatoes and stock and bring mixture to a boil. Once mixture is boiling, cover and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes or until lentils have softened and mixture has turned into a stew-like consistency. Season with salt and pepper and stir in cilantro.
- Top with more cilantro and serve with a side of grilled naan or steamed basmati rice.