Stir Fried Red Lentil Stew

Updated: Jun 25



Stir Fried Red Lentil Stew (Dal Fry) is a unique and yummy recipe and eNalabaag favourite one. This recipe is a mixture of all spice powders in the kitchen and will give a unique flavour. Prepared mainly with red lentil (masoor dal), veggies and ghee.


Food Type: Vegetarian

Prepare Time:15 mints | Cook Time: 15 mints

Total Time: 30 mints | Serves: 4-5

Author: Sriram | Cuisine: South Indian | Recipe Type: Stew






Making of Stir Fried Red Lentil Stew


Ingredients for Stew


  1. Red lentil (masoor dal) 1 cup

  2. Onion medium size 4

  3. Tomato medium size 2

  4. Ginger 1 inch

  5. Garlic 5-6 cloves

  6. Green chilli

  7. Cumin seed 1 tbsp

  8. Turmeric 1/2 tbsp

  9. Pepper powder 1/2 tbsp

  10. Red chilli powder 1 tbsp

  11. Dhaniya powder 1 tbsp

  12. Garam masala 1 tbsp

  13. Sambar powder 1 tbsp

  14. Rasam powder 1 tbsp

  15. Salt to taste

  16. Ghee 3 tbsp

  17. Coriander leaves

  18. Lemon 1/2

  19. Sugar

  20. Water


Cooking Red Lentil Dal


  1. Take a pressure cooker and add 1 cup of red lentil, 2 cups of water, 1 sliced green chilli and a pinch of turmeric powder (adding chilli at this stage will add nice flavour to the recipe and unique way of eNalabaag's cooking method)

  2. Let the dal cook well upto  5 whistles and switch off the flame

  3. Let it get cool down






Red Lentil Dal Smash



  • Take out the dal and drain the excess water in a bowl and preserve for mixing (this water will have good nutritious value and can be used for other cooking process also)


  • Smash the drained dal nicely and keep it aside










Stir Fried Red Lentil Stew making process


  1. Take a kadai, add 2 tbsp of ghee, add cumin seed and fry

  2. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the aroma goes off

  3. Now add finely chopped onion and saute till it gets translucent, add salt and saute (adding salt at this stage will cook onions faster)

  4. Add finely chopped tomato and saute till the sides of the tomato gets moisture

  5. Now add turmeric, red chilli powder, dhaniya powder, garam masala powder, pepper powder, sambar powder, rasam powder, give a good mix and saute for 3-4 minutes on a medium flame

  6. Now add the smashed Red Lentil Dal and stir fry for 1 minute

  7. Add 1 cup of water at this stage and mix well, bring it to boil

  8. Saute well and check for the taste and add salt if required

  9. If the dal is too thick add little water and boil, then switch off the flame

  10. Take out from the stove and squeeze half lemon and mix well (adding lemon while boiling will make the dish bitter)

  11. Garnish with finely chopped onion, coriander leaves and 1 tbsp ghee







Note: Keep the sliced raw onions, lemon and green chilli and having with roti, pulka will give a divine experience (here added only onion due to non availability of lemon and chilli).















Enjoy the delicious Stir Fried Red Lentil Stew !!!!


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