Masoor Dal Kanda

This is a semi dry preparation of masoor dal which can be enjoyed with bhakris. A typical rural Maharashtrian dish that is spicy and bursting with flavour, it is easy and quick to make. It makes a wholesome meal served with bhakris.

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Masoor Dal Kanda

Main ingredients Split red lentils (masoor dal), Onions, Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, Asafoetida, Green chillies, Curry leaves, Tomato, Garam masala powder, Kanda lasun masala
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course Main course vegetarian
Prep time 10-15 minutes
Cook time 25-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of cooking Easy
Others Veg



·         2 cups soaked and drained split red lentils (masoor dal)

·         2 medium onions (kanda)

·         2 tbsps oil

·         1 tsp mustard seeds

·         1 tsp cumin seeds

·         A pinch of asafoetida (hing)

·         2 green chillies, chopped

·         A sprig of curry leaves

·         Salt to taste

·         1 medium tomato, chopped

·         ½ tsp turmeric powder

·         1 tsp red chilli powder

·         ½ tsp garam masala powder

·         2 tsps kanda lasun masala

·         2 tbsps chopped fresh coriander leaves

·         Fresh coriander sprig

·         Rice bhakri for serving




1.      Chop onions finely.

2.      Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and once they begin to splutter, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, green chillies, curry leaves, onions and salt, mix and sauté for 2 minutes.

3.      Add ginger-garlic paste, mix well and sauté till onions turn golden brown.

4.      Add tomato, mix well and saute for 3-4 minutes or till oil separates.

5.      Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder and mix well.

6.      Add masoor dal and mix well. Add1½ cups water and mix. Cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes.

7.      Add kanda lasun masala, mix and cook for 2 minutes. Add coriander leaves and mix well.

8.      Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander sprig and serve hot with rice bhakri.