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White lentils in a bowl

Easy Dry White Lentil Recipe

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 163 kcal


  • Pressure cooker
  • frying pan/skillet


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


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, and add water, salt, pepper, turmeric and garam masala. Cook until one whistle only.


  • Heat oil in a frying pan . Add cumin seeds and turn them 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



  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 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, people with gout, kidney or gall stones should consume this carefully.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories: 163  
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.4g 10%
Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 597mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 18.2g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5.3g 19%
Total Sugars 1.2g  
Protein 7g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 339mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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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