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Sabji Dewa Musur Dal

Sabji dewa Musur dal (Red lentil curry with veggies)

Red lentils with vegetables, a kiss of cumin and coriander and the fire of chillies, inspired by the delectable Middle Eastern red lentil stew.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Bengali


  • 1 cup masoor dal or musur dal or red lentils soaked in water for about an hr
  • 1/4 cup carrot diced
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup cauliflower small florets
  • 1/4 cup french beans diced
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 - 3 green chillies slit
  • 1/4 cup corinader leaves chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 2-3 dry red chilies
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste


  • Pressure cook the soaked dal with 2 cups of water, a sprinkle of salt, a pinch of turmeric powder and 2 green chillies.
  • Blanch the carrots, french bean and cauliflower florets. Keep aside.
  • Heat the mustard oil, temper with whole cumin seeds and dry red chilies.
  • When the cumin seeds start spluttering, add the onion and garlic and fry till the onion is lightly browned. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 10 minutes on a moderate flame.
  • Add the turmeric powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and saute for a minute.
  • Add the pressure cooked dal, blanched vegetables and peas. Simmer gently for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add sugar and salt to taste. Serve hot with rice.