Red Lentil Curry with Shallot (Masoor Dal Curry with Baby Onion)
Red Lentil Curry with Shallot is a perfect healthy side dish option! Red Lentil Curry with Shallot curry is extremely healthy. Serve Red Lentil Curry with Shallot with roti, rice or any south Indian dishes like dosa, Idli or Wada. This is a rich and hearty lentil curry with shallot, great as a main meal rather than as a side dish like the more traditional Indian dal. It’s my secret weapon! It takes quite a while to cook, especially if you are beginner, but once you have mastered it, you can whip up a batch and freeze it in single servings. I eat this almost every day, and it keeps you satisfied for an extremely long time.
Recipe type: Sabji & Curry
Cuisine: Indian
  • 1 cup Red lentil/Masoor Dal
  • ½ cup Peeled Pearl Onion or Shallots
  • 1 Medium Sized Tomato Chopped
  • 1-2 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1-2 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Garam Masala
  • ½ tsp Red Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1-2 Whole Red Chilies
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 5-6 Curry Leaves
  • Pinch of Hing/Asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Salt
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • ½ Lemon Juice
  1. Wash dal and pressor cook it for 4-5 whistle with required water (almost 1 ½ cup) into the pressor cooker on medium flame.
  2. Switch of the flame, allow the cooker to cool down completely, remove the cooked dal from pressor cooker and keep aside.
  3. Now heat oil in a kadhai or deep wide pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and pinch of hing in it, once seeds start crackling then add curry leaves and red whole chilies, and sauté it for few seconds.
  4. Add peeled shallots and stir fry it for few minutes (2-3 min). Add garlic paste, ginger paste and chopped tomatoes and stir fry it again for a minute.
  5. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, curry powder and garam masala and mix it well.
  6. Whisk the cooked dal and then add into the cooked shallot mixture, add 1 cup water (you can add more water as per choice how thick or thin curry you want), mix it well and bring it to the boil and cook it for 2-3 minutes on low flame.
  7. Red Lentil Curry with Shallot is ready. Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves and serve hot as a side dish.
• You can cook shallot along with dal into the pressor cooker.
• You can add fresh grated coconut into the curry, it tastes so good.
• You can also add other veggies into the curry like baby eggplants, green peas etc.
Recipe by Binjal's VEG Kitchen at