A Firangi Tadka To Our Desi Masoor

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Masoor dal or red lentils are a vibrant orange-pink color, while the whole legume is brownish. The texture of masoor breaks down very quickly, compared to the other lentils and this makes it ideal for curries, stews and creamy soups. Masoor is super delicious and is full of nutrition. It is really wonderful what a few aromatics can do to a pot of lentils! Serve with bread or naan or partner it with rice.

Masoor – minimalistic, yet irresistible!


Masoor is the perfect plant based protein meal! Rich, hearty, and packed with protein, masoor is a part of a host of cuisines around the world. History validates the fact that Egyptians were big lentil fans! They introduced lentils to India, Greece and Rome.

An excellent source of protein, fibre, folate and trace minerals, the red lentil has a multitude of health benefits. The insoluble fibre in masoor helps lower cholesterol levels as well as helps maintain a normal blood sugar profile.

When shopping for red lentils, always ensure that you select organically grown ones. Also, for maximum freshness, make sure that there is no moisture in the beans and store well in air-tight containers. Tata Sampann dals are sourced from organic farms and adhere to stringent norms of manufacture and packaging.

Masoor cooks easily on the stove and very speedily in the pressure cooker. Also, a vital tip to remember is – lentils that are placed in already boiling water are way easier to digest compared to those brought to a boil with water.

1.The red lentil and sweet potato stew: The aroma from the ginger, garlic and spices cheered by the vibrancy of the masoor dal is absolutely divine! Throw in diced sweet potatoes and tomatoes and add some lemon juice to keep the flavours bright and fresh.

2.Masoor – the Ethiopian way: This dish is distinctively flavoured with cardamom and ginger! A creamy, delectable curry, serve over rice for a quick, easy and wholesome dinner.

3.Thai red curry with red lentils: An amazing union of Indian and Thai ingredients! Bring together the masoor, carrots and tomatoes, along with Thai red curry paste and coconut milk and create a curry that has a soft velvety texture. The fabulous amalgamation of these two styles of cooking makes crafts a completely overpowering blend of flavours. Onions, garlic and ginger give the dish a decided punch, coconut milk gives it a silky finish, carrots lend a natural sweetness and the red curry paste gives an enticing spicy flavour!

4.Moroccan masoor soup: A lovely blend of pureed lentils, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and carrots makes this soup smoother. Add a few toasted almonds for that crunch, fresh coriander, and a dash of lime juice to take the soup to a new level!

5.Masoor tacos:These masoor tacos make for the most flavourful meal. When you are craving a Mexican inspired dish, toss in lentils, shredded lettuce, cayenne pepper, cheese, and sour cream in to your taco cases. It’s a twist on the regular meat tacos and bean tacos, but provides as much nutrition and dollops of flavour.


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