Easy Dry White Lentil Recipe

Easy Dry White Lentil Recipe
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The easy peasy dry white lentil recipe is a must-try if you are looking for healthy, vegan, and protein-rich lentils recipes.

About the Recipe

The white lentil, commonly known as Urad dal, is a whole or split black gram with its black skin removed. This ivory white lentil is highly nutritious and rich in protein.

This lentil is a good option for :

  • Diabetics as it is having a low GI of 43

  • Gluten-free diet

  • Plant-based protein and fibre

  • Dairy-free

  • Low carb diet

  • Vegan

This dry white lentil recipe is a simple and easy recipe that calls for mixing the boiled white lentil with masala paste making it flavourful and yummy.

I prefer to make it dry as the outcome is superb like, lentil is fluffy, non-sticky and each grain is separated. But if you like sticky and mushy consistency, you are free to make curry by just adding water to it.

Let’s get started …

Ingredients

For the dry white lentil recipe, we need the following ingredients:

White lentil: 1 cup- Whole black gram without skin

Spices: cumin seeds, salt, turmeric, garam masala, pepper

Coriander: to garnish the lentil.

Masala paste: 3 tablespoon

How to Make Dry White Lentil?

Watch the video to learn in detail how to make easily dry white lentils.

Recipe Video

Boiling the Lentils

  • Thoroughly wash and rinse the lentil several times until the water appears clean and clear.


  • Soaking this lentil is not required as it does not take much time to cook.


  • In a pressure cooker, add lentil, water, salt, turmeric, pepper, garam masala and stir well to mix all the ingredients. Close the lid and cook until a whistle blows. Turn off the heat and wait until the steam goes down.
Dry white lentil recipe
Boil the white lentil in a pressure cooker

Seasoning

  • Heat oil in a skillet, add cumin seeds and turn them aromatic. Stir fry masala paste prepared with onions, tomato, ginger and garlic.


  • If you do not have masala paste, saute chopped onion first, add ginger-garlic paste followed by tomato, and your masala paste is ready.


  • Pour in boiled lentils and combine well with the masala paste*. Cook it for 5 minutes on low heat.

*(This masala paste is previously prepared with onions, garlic, ginger and tomato)

Garnishing with chopped coriander leaves will enhance the flavour of this white lentil. However, you are free to omit it or use any other herb instead of coriander leaves.

Such an easy peasy lentil recipe! Isn’t it?

Enjoy the dry white lentil recipe.

What to Serve with White Lentil?

It completes the meal when served with Indian flatbread like roti or parantha.

This dry white lentil even tastes delicious when served alone with chopped onions and tomatoes on the top.

Some Tips and Advice

  1. Lentils are low in fat and high in protein and fibre, so adding lentils into your daily routine is the best way to do it.


  2. Do not soak in water as cooking time may vary due to the water absorption. It may not get you the perfect results of the best tender lentil each time.


  3. Do not overcook the lentil. It will be sticky and mushy in texture otherwise.


  4. Add water as per mentioned quantity for a perfect tender cooked, not overcooked lentil.


  5. If your lentil is undercooked, slightly steam it by covering it with a lid or microwave it for 3-5 minutes.


  6. When mixing the lentil with masala paste, mix it with gentle care not to mash the lentil grains.


  7. This white lentil (urad dal) increases uric acid levels in the body. So, I strongly suggest people with gout, kidney or gall stones should consume this carefully.

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Dry white lentil recipe

Easy Dry White Lentil Recipe

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The easy peasy dry white lentil recipe is a must-try if you are looking for healthy, vegan, and protein-rich lentils recipes.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 320 kcal

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker
  • frying pan/skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup White lentil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp masala paste
  • coriander leaves

Instructions
 

Boil the white lentil

  • Thoroughly wash the lentil until the water come out clean. (at least 4 -5 times)
  • Pour the lentil into the cooker, add water, salt, pepper, turmeric and garam masala. Cook until one whistle only.

Seasoning

  • Heat oil in a frying pan and add turn cumin aromatic.
  • Add masala paste.(previously made with onions, tomatoes ginger and garlic) Stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the boiled white lentil and combine well with the masala paste.
  • Cook it for 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Dry white lentil is ready to serve

Video

Notes

  1. Lentils are low in fat and high in protein and fibre, so adding lentils into your daily routine is the best way to do it.


  2. Do not soak in water as cooking time may vary due to the water absorption. It may not get you the perfect results of the best tender lentil each time.


  3. Do not overcook the lentil. It will be sticky and mushy in texture otherwise.


  4. Add water as per mentioned quantity for a perfect tender cooked, not overcooked lentil.


  5. If your lentil is undercooked, slightly steam it by covering it with a lid or microwave it for 3-5 minutes.


  6. When mixing the lentil with masala paste, mix it with gentle care not to mash the lentil grains.


  7. This white lentil (urad dal) increases uric acid levels in the body. So, I strongly suggest people with gout, kidney or gall stones should consume this carefully.
 
 
 
Note: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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