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Masoor Vegan Dal

Masoor Vegan Dal

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Masoor dal is a traditional Indian dish also known as red lentils and is an age-old recipe that fulfils many nutritional requirements in a single meal. It is power-packed with dietary fibre and protein and it is super easy to make.

Serves: 4




  • Lentil Mixture
  • 1 cup red split lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ inch fresh ginger, peeled & grated
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • Seasoning
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 dried whole red chillies
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • A few stems of coriander, to serve
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Place all the lentil ingredients in a saucepan or pressure cooker and cook until soft.
  2. To make the seasoning, in a wok or saucepan, sauté the onion, garlic, cumin seeds and whole chillies.
  3. Add the tomato and turmeric, stir and mash with a wooden spoon and cook until it's a paste.
  4. To serve, add the cooked lentils to the tomato mixture and stir. Add salt to taste. Serve with coriander sprigs.


Adam Guthrie

Adam is a vegan whose passion for food began with a life-threatening illness and continues today in a lifestyle built around healthy cooking and eating. Adam is a qualified chef and wellness coach who specialises in a wholefood, plant-based diet. Adam shares how to prepare delicious, healthy food for health, energy and vitality. He conducts online healthy eating and wellness programs and gives keynote talks, live cooking demonstrations and cooking classes on the subject of healthy eating and living well.