Red lentils, also known as Masoor Dal or Lal Masoor, are split and skinned Whole Brown Lentils. They are pink when raw and turn golden or yellow when cooked with haldi. This legume cooks faster than other dals and can also be prepared in a pot instead of in a pressure cooker. In this case it has to be soaked for an hour and then boiled with lots of water for easy cooking.
– When fried with onions, ginger-garlic, tomatoes and spices, Masoor dal can be served as a main dish with rice and roti.
– Delicious khichdi can also be prepared by adding masoor dal, rice and spices.
– It can also be served as a soup when some vegetables or meat/ chicken is added to it.
– It is used to make vegetable stew.
– Masoor Dal contain high levels of protein, and thus it’s a very good choice for vegetarians to meet their protein requirements.
– It is believed to be helpful in lowering the bad cholesterol and managing sugar levels.
– It is a good source of folate, potassium and iron.