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Simple Lentils Curry
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4.69 from 16 votes

Simple Lentil Recipe/ Daal

A simple mung lentil recipe which goes really well with plain steamed rice and rotis.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Curry, Daal, Gluten-Free, Lentils
Servings: 4
Author: Gayatri Singh


  • Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot
  • Saucepan


  • 1 1/2 cup cooked mung lentils Use pressure cooker or instant pot to cook.
  • 1 onion or shallot medium diced
  • 2 small tomatoes large diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1/2 inch ginger brunoise or small dieced
  • 2 or to taste green chillies sliced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp or to taste red chilli powder 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tsp or to taste salt
  • 1 tbsp coriander for garnishing
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 cup water


  • In a saucepan or pot heat ghee, add in the cumin seeds and garlic. Let it brown for a few seconds, add in the asafoetida, red chilli, green chillies and curry leaves. Fry for 2 minutes.

  • Add in the turmeric powder, onions or shallots, saute for 5 minutes or till the onions are golden brown. Add in the red chilli powder and tomatoes, saute for just 2 minutes. 
  • Add in ½ cup of water so the spices don’t burn, now add in the cooked mung lentils, salt. Give it a stir and add more water if needed or for your desired consistency. Boil for 5-7 minutes or till it comes to a rolling boil. 
  • In the end add in the lime juice, mix it well. Garnish with coriander. Serve hot!