Red Lentil Curry


  • 3 cups red lentils
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Refined oil
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1spring of coriander leaves


1.Soak red lentils for half an hour and pressure cook them for 2 whistles with a 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and salt.

2.Now, heat 2 tablespoons of refined oil in a saucepan and add mustard seeds.

  1. Now, add curry leaves and asafoetida once the seeds crackle. Add pressed garlic cloves to it.
  2. Add chopped onion and tomato the pan and stir fry them. Now spice up the mix with red chilli powder and coriander powder. You can add spices according to the taste.

5.Now, add the boiled water of red lentils and let it boil. After 2 minutes add the lentils and stir fry to mix all the ingredients.

6.Cover the pan and let it simmer for a minute. You can manage the consistency by adding water.

7.Now, finally garnish the curry with chopped coriander and serve hot with steamed rice. It also goes well with Indian flat bread.

Tip – Sometimes, the lentils won’t get cooked in two whistles. Then not to worry, open the cooker and add some chilled water to it and pressure cook for one or two whistles according to the requirement. 

Health Benefits of Red Lentils

Good Protein Source – Lentils are full of protein and keeps the body energized all through the day. A cup of lentil every day fulfills the nutritional necessity of human body.

Helpful for Weight Loss – The lentils are a pack of vitamins, protein, and various other minerals, but the zero fat and calorie feature of these lentils help you to be in good shape.

Reduce Cholesterol – Regular of intake of this vegan product lower the risk of heart attack by decreasing the amount of bad cholesterol in the body.

Controls Blood Sugar –  The soluble fibers of these lentils lower the speed of digestion and thus control carbohydrates in the food.

Keeps Stomach Healthy – It is very important to keep the digestive system perfect as it prevents constipation, gas and various other infections.

Also, you can add freshly chopped coriander leaves to the recipes while adding curry leaves. It gives different flavor altogether and also helps in digestion.

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