Masoor Dal Pilaf

Flavorful, tasty and nutritious one pot meal recipe. Easy recipe possible to cook the rice and lentils together rather than cooking them separately

You can make this for a special meal or whenever you get bored of your everyday meals. Used the whole masoor dal/ Sabut masoor dal/ brown lentils

Preparation Time

Cooking Time


10 Mins

20 mins

4 people



o   1 Cup Basmati Rice

o   1 Cup Soaked Masoor dal (Soaked overnight)

o   1 small onion (finely chopped)

o   1 Carrot roughly chopped

o   1 Tbsp Chopped garlic

o   ½ tsp Finely sliced ginger

o   3 Bay leaves

o   5-6 Cloves

o   3-4 Cardamom

o   1 Inch Cinnamon stick

o   1 Tsp  Cumin Seeds

o   1 Tsp Coriander Powder

o   1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

o   ½ Tsp Turmeric Powder

o   2 Tsp Lemon Juice

o   1 Tbsp Oil/ Ghee


o   Finely chopped Cilantro

o   2 Tbsp Fried onion


o   I used IP to make this rice. We can also make it in pressure cooker too.

o   In saute mode heat the oil/ ghee, add cumin seeds and let it crackle. To this add chopped onion, garlic, ginger, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, carrot and saute for 2-3 mins.

o   To this add the soaked and drained masoor dal and the basmati rice, give a mix. Saute for 2-3 mins.

o   Add the powders and give a good mix and saute for couple more mins.

o   Add 3 cups of water, salt, lemon juice and pressure cook the rice in Pressure cook mode for 7 mins.

o   After the rice was pressure cooked for 7 mins I let it stay for 8 mins and released the pressure. Open the lid and Fluff the rice.

o   Before serving add fried onion and cilantro and garnish the dish. Goes well with raita.

Note: If cooking in pressure cooker, one whistle and simmer for 3-4 mins and put off the stove.


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