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Lahori Dal

A simple to prepare dal, that is made extra delicious and special with the butter and cream in it.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Manju


  • ½ cup whole masoor dal
  • 2 cloves garlic , crushed
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Thai green chilli , split lengthwise
  • ¼ cup cream or substitute with whole milk for everyday cooking
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ red onion , chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • ½ lime
  • salt , to taste
  • 2 tbsp cream


  • Rinse the lentils with water. Pressure cook or cook on stove top with enough water – about 1 ½ cups, until soft. Mash the dal till it is soft and almost all mashed up.
  • Add the crushed garlic, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, thai green chilli and cream and mix well. Let it simmer till the dal thickens.
  • Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small pan and add the cumin seeds. Once they start crackling, add the onions and garlic to it. Sauté till the onions become soft and translucent.
  • Pour this mixture on to the dal and add enough salt.
  • Switch off heat and squeeze half the lime over it. Drizzle the 2 tbsp cream over it as garnish once moved to a serving dish.