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Legumes Made Easy – Quick Whole Lentils

5 July 2010 17 Comments


healthy whole black gram lentil recipe

Massor dal or Whole lentil is used in various forms of Indian cooking. Soups, snacks and side dishes to name a few. The lentil has a dark Grey outer skin which is de-husked to get the reddish orange variety. Lentils come under the family Legumes, which are an excellent source of protein, rich in soluble fibers and have no cholesterol. These are probably the cheapest source of protein available to us.


  • 2 tbsp. whole lentils
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste(optional)
  • 1 tsp.coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp.turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp.chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp.cumin seed powder(jeera)
  • a pinch of asafoetida(hing)
  • 1/2  tsp.each cumin & mustard seeds
  • salt as desired
  • 2 tsp.oil
  • 1 cup of water


Method: Wash the lentils in running water and soak it for 15 minutes. Peel and slice the onion, dice the tomato. Heat oil in a kadai add jeera & mustard and let it splutter. Add diced onion, tomato and the ginger-garlic paste, cook it for 3 minutes. Mix in all the other ingredients and let it cook till the dal is soft. Sprinkle fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with chapattis or plain rice.


  • Cooking in pressure cooker will reduce time and preserve the nutrition as well.
  • Add grated carrots or spinach to increase the nutritive value of the dish.
  • Leftover dal can be again kneaded with wheat flour and rolled out in a delicious chapatti.
  • Increase the quantity of water and cook for extra 15 minutes to make a nourishing soup.
  • Serve hot with rice or Indian breads.

Include these Quick Whole Lentils, a goldmine of protein in your diet and stay healthy!


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  • Hari Chandana said:

    Nice and healthy recipe.. first time here.. wonderful clicks too..

  • sushma mallya said:

    Beautiful clicks sanjeetha, looks very yummy and nice recipe as well

  • Priya said:

    Such a comforting food, beautiful lentils, looks yummy..

  • Swathi said:


    Nice lentils dish. Nice clicks.

  • vrinda said:

    Yummy n healthy recipe with lentils..looks good

  • Treat and Trick said:

    Hello dear,

    Thanks for joining in my site, hope to see you often…Simple yet yummy dish, healthy too…

  • Suma said:

    What a perfect accompaniment to rotis / rice.. lovely pics..

  • Chandrika Shubham said:

    Grated carrots is a nice idea. 🙂

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  • Sarah said:

    Simply delicious..

  • Soma said:

    we love the whole masoor. beautiful recipe !!

  • Sukanya said:

    This sounds so healthy. Looks so good. YUM!

  • Chaitrali said:

    seems to be tasty and healthy too…n i do it the same way

  • varsha said:

    The phptographs have me drooling Sanj!Great post.

  • Malar Gandhi said:

    Lovely preparation, very comforting bowl of dhall.

  • Vaishali said:

    Those lentils look creamy and delicious, Sanjeeta. I love masoor– it would win hands-down in any flavor match between the various lentils.

  • looking for maya said:

    Heyy ..I came back to thank you for the wishes.Going back richer by another recipe ..this is great and simple too ..Thanks again ..

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