Masoor Matki

This is N’s favorite side dish to go with phulkas. Actually he is the one who makes masoor matki at home while I make the rotis. Masoor dal, or in general any dal has a good amount of protein in it, so being a vegetarian,it was a blessing in disguise. We used to make rotis and some kind of dal almost 2-3 times a week when I was pregnant, the majority being masoor dal, dal makhni or simple dal fry with spinach or similar greens.Since lentils are also a good source of fiber, dal with rice or rotis/chappatis made my dinners a protein packed one.

As far as the name goes,Matki means a pot and Masoor- the lentil. We usually make the dal in a normal pan rather than using the clay pot. This recipe may not be your traditional recipe for masoor matki but we altered it the way we like it :)

If you like you can use a combination of lentils or even masoor and channa(garbanzo beans).


Masoor dal- 1 cup
Finely chopped onions- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped tomatoes-1/2 cup
Salt- 1 tsp
Kitchen King masala powder- 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Red chili powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Oil- 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- few
Cilantro and lemon- to garnish(optional)


Wash and soak the masoor dal in water for atleast an hour. Pressure cook the dal for upto two whistles in a pressure cooker. Let it cool down, release the pressure and mash the dal well with a spoon or using a ladle/masher.

Heat oil in a saucepan/pot and add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. When they splutter, add curry leaves. Add the onions and sautee till they turn translucent.Add salt and tomatoes, stir fry for 2-3 minutes and add all the powders- red chili powder and kitchen king masala. Mix well.

Add about 2 cups of water to the pan,depending on how thin/thick you like the dal as the mashed dal will have some water in it too.Cover the pan and let the onions and tomatoes cook and reduce as a gravy(say about 10 minutes on medium flame).Add the mashed dal, and let it simmer for another 5-7 minutes. Switch off and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves. You can also add lemon juice if you like. N usually adds less than 1/4 of a tsp of tamarind paste to the gravy to give it a tanginess.

Serve the masoor dal with phulkas,rotis or chappatis. It is great with rumali roti also.

This masoor matki is going to Susan’s MLLA-40 hosted this month by Suma.

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8 Comments to “Masoor Matki”

  1. Saraswathy says:

    Looks yum yum yummy:)

  2. Priya says:

    Nutritious and protein packed side dish for rotis..

  3. Rachana says:

    That looks so delicious.

    I wish you and your family a very happy diwali.

  4. Rachana says:

    Hi dear, am doing good and just got back to blogging now. Hows yr little one?

  5. indosungod says:

    Masoor matki looks so good. I never buy masoor dal for some reason. I should buy some now.

  6. Uma says:

    Looks so tempting and delicious.
    Uma@Trendy Relish

  7. Sravani says:

    Very delicious and looks yummy !!

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  8. Jay says:

    very flavorful n interesting dish dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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