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Masoor dal Sambar – Lentil Soup

It’s easy to make and goes very well with dosa and idli. It’ s a great and tasty south Indian  breakfast dish. One of my fav too. Try this recipe and let me know how it came out.

Time of Preparation : 30 minutes
Spice level : 3 out of 5
No of servings : 2 to 3


  • Masoor dal (Red split lentils) – 1/2 cup
  • Shallots – 5
  • Onion – 1/2 (Roughly chopped lengthwise)
  • Tomato – 1/2
  • Green chillies – 4 (slitted lengthwise)
  • Sambar powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind – Small lemon size (take the tamarind extract)

Method of Preparation:

  1. Pressure cook the masoor dal with a pinch of asafoetida and little turmeric for 3 whistles.
  2. Heat oil in a vessel and add the mustard seeds followed by asafoetida, curry leaves and green chillies.
  3. Add the onions and shallots and fry them till they turn pink.
  4. Add the tomato by squeezing it and add the salt, turmeric powder and sambar powder.
  5. Fry them for 2 minutes and the cooked dal and water to the required consistency.
  6. When the dal starts to boil add the tamarind water.
  7. Let it boil for 5 minutes and finally add the coriander leaves.
  8. Serve hot with idli, dosa or pongal.


  1. easy, delicious and yummy of my favorite too..thanks for the recipe.

  2. Never tried sambar with masoor dal, have to try it next time, looks tempting.

  3. delicious sambar, yummy

  4. Delicious and tempting sambar..

  5. Yummy sambar!

  6. can you believe it..i still dont know how to make sambar.. :O

  7. sounds very healthy and looks delicious arti…

  8. Super comfort food !! Love it with steaming Idlies !!

  9. I love sambhar , even like a soup.

  10. Smabar is my fav…anytime…looks tempting

  11. A very pleasant and delicious soup!

  12. I’m yet to try sambar with masoor dal. Looks tempting
    Hamaree Rasoi

  13. Delicious sambar with masoor dal..

  14. Sambar looks so so good Arthi. never tried with masoor dal. would be great with idlis….

  15. I love lentil soup, and I actually just made it for dinner tonight. I usually use red lentils for it, but this time I went with green. Your version sounds delicious!

  16. My Fav..looks so yummy!!

  17. Hi..can tis be served to a 17mth old baby..can I omit the asafoetida?

  18. this is my new favorite sambar. thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful recipes. every one i have tried is delicious and i can’t wait to try more.

  19. Thank you all for the nice comments 🙂


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