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Plain Musurir Dal Recipe | How To Make Bengali Masoor Dal

Sometimes all we need is a very plain and homely dish to provide us with some warmth and comfort. Bengali Masoor Dal is one such dish that has a certain powder to bring back all the palates of home, no matter where you are.

It is earthy, and delicious, and is packed with fibers, proteins, as well as different other essential nutrients. The dish is among the staples in the Indian household and is relished by people of every age group.


There are many ways to make masoor dal and it varies in every state. In this article, we will get to see one of the ways of making a plain Masoor Dal recipe. This type is mostly made in the Bengali households. The item can be prepared within 20 minutes and consists of the least number of spices.

Let us see what are the ingredients and the process of making it.

Plain Musurir Dal Recipe (Bengali Masoor Daal)

Madhushree Dutta
Recipe to make tasty Plain Musurir Dal easily. Simple ingredients, instructions, and equipment to prepare delicious Bengali-style Masoor Dal at home.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Bengali, Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 Induction Cooktop
  • 1 Kadhai
  • 1 Pressure Cooker


  • 80-100 g Masoor Dal Musurir Daal
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Dried Red Chilis
  • 2 Green Chili
  • ¼ tsp Kalonji or Kaalo jeere/Nigella seeds
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard Oil
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • Water


Boil the daal

  • First, rinse the dal really well for 2 to 3 times in plenty of water.
  • Strain the dal and transfer that into a pressure cooker. Add around 2 cups of water and close off the lid of the pressure cooker.
  • Place it on medium flame and cook it until you hear one whistle. Take it out of the flame and let the pressure release on itself.
  • (You can also use a cooking pot with a lid. For this, use 2½ cups of water. Cook the dal on medium to high flame until the grains start to break from between).
  • After the pressure is released, take off the lid.
  • Next, with a wooden or steel beater beat the dall until all the individual grains separate out. This should take less than a minute.

Cook the Masoor Daal

  • Next, take a kadhai and add some mustard oil. Let the oil heat until it smokes a little.
  • Put the kalonji or Kaalo Jeere in the oil together with the dried red chilis (break it from the middle).
  • Stir them once and then add the bay leaves and one green chili. Break both of these ingredients from the middle.
  • Continue stirring until they start to give off a certain fragrance.
  • Pour in the already whisked dal into the kadhai.
  • Combine everything well and then add in some salt to taste and turmeric powder.
  • Mix again and let it boil for around 5-6 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally and remove any froth that floats on the top. Keep the flame on medium.
  • After 5-6 minutes, reduce the flame to low.


  • Now garnish the dal with chopped coriander.
  • Mix everything once again. By doing this the fragrance and flavor of the coriander leaves will get incorporated well.
  • Boil for a minute or two.
  • Remove it from the flame and transfer the dal into a large bowl.
Keyword Bengali Recipe, Homemade Recipes, Recipes for Dinner, Recipes for Lunch, Veg Recipes


That’s it! The simple yet flavorful Bengali Masoor Dal (Musurir Daal) is ready to be served. Present it with steamed rice, crispy Aloo Bhaja, Begun Bhaja, a piece of fragrant lime, and some salad.

This combo is absolutely scrumptious; however, you can pair it with any side dish of your choice. Eat it for lunch or dinner. It is healthy and filling along with being a comfort meal.

Bon Appétit!

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