Secret Recipe Club Reveal Indian Style: Masoor Ki Daal

Secret Recipe Club

It looks like I am starting to get back on track with this blogging thing. The long summer days definitely help me get more accomplished. Take Secret Recipe Club for example. Last month I (embarrassingly) had to bow out of my favorite monthly recipe exchange. This month, however, I had a ball exploring Asiya’s blog, Chocolate & Chillies. Cooking for her family with both Indian and Pakistani influence makes for lots of great recipes packed with garlic and chili…two of my favorites!Masoor Ki Daal

I had a hard time choosing between Asiya’s Baked Samosas, Red Kidney Bean Curry or  Chicken Khorma. Ultimately though, laziness won over and I ended up picking her Masoor Ki Daal…because I had the ingredients on hand. This recipe is the perfect delicious, healthy, EASY and refreshing dinner to make after a long day at work. The effort was minimal and the result was delicious. I will definitely be digging into  this dish again soon!

Note on SRC: If you click on the “frog” at the bottom of this post, you will be brought to all the amazing recipes that were a part of today’s Secret Recipe Club exchange. Check it out, it’s a great way to find some new and delicious blogs!

Masoor Ki Daal (adapted from Chocolate & Chillies)


  • 1.5 inch ginger root (the size of a fat thumb, peeled & chopped)
  • 3 large garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup split red lentils (soaked in water for at least 15 minutes, then drained)
  • 2.5 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Juice from 1 large lemon (approx. 3 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  • Place ginger, garlic, 1 tsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water in a food processor
  • Blend ginger mixture until almost smooth
  • Place lentils, 2.5 cups water, ginger/garlic paste, chili flakes and salt in a 4 quart pot
  • Bring pot to a boil, reduce to a simmer and partially cover
  • Simmer for 10 minutes or until lentils are cooked
  • Remove pot from heat and stir in lemon juice
  • Place 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet
  • When oil is very hot, slowly add lentils
  • Allow to simmer for 1 minute
  • Taste for salt, pepper and additional lemon
  • Serve with fresh crusty bread & enjoy!

Happy Eating!
Renee Hirschberg

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6 Replies to “Secret Recipe Club Reveal Indian Style: Masoor Ki Daal”

  1. So glad you enjoyed the recipe! I make this at least twice a week…it’s my eldest son’s favorite. You could also use whole masoor daal instead of the red split lentils. Don’t know what it’s called in english…it the red split lentil with the brown skin still on it. Thank you for your kind words as well!

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