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12 March 2013,06:10 by
M Neha

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Serves :

Preparation Time :
15 minutes

Cooking Time :
15 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Heat oil in a skillet and saute the cumin, bay leaf, cloves, cardamom, garlic, chillies, ginger along with onion and salt.
  • Once the onions turn soft, add the tomato along with turmeric and garam masala. Saute for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and rice. Give it a mix and saute for another minute or two until the rice gets aromatic.
  • Add the coconut milk. Mix well.
  • Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the rice is cooked.
  • Garnish  with spring onions and cilantro.
  • Serve hot with Potato Masala.


  • 200 grams basmati or any long grained rice, soaked in water for 10-15 minutes
  • 100 grams red lentil (masoor dal)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin / fennel seeds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2-3 spring onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 2-3 pods of cardamom
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1-2 green chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 teaspoons Cooking oil
  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Few sprigs of cilantro for garnish
  • Fresh lemon juice to taste (optional)

2 comments for “Masoor Dal Pulao/Red Lentil Rice”

  • Saikat Kundu
    Posted 14 March 2013 at 22:14:05

    Nice recipe. Simple but delicious...

  • romita sengupta
    Posted 16 March 2013 at 01:39:30

    waao.. i like this recipe nd will try.......

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