Sukha Sabut Masoor
Curried whole red lentils
A dry-ish curry recipe using whole red lentils.
As is evident from the pictures and description; this recipe is made using sabut masoor / whole red lentils.
Remember that 1 cup of dried sabut masoor will yield about 2.5 - 3 cups of cooked sabut masoor. So, 1 cup is enough to make a mains curry recipe for 2.
Ofcourse accompanied with other mains or sides like Chicken Changezi, Aloo Gobi, Paneer Bhurji and more!
Or you could simply serve Sukha Sabut Masoor by itself with ghee-laden rotis and chapatis, jeera rice or pulao, a raita of choice and salad.
While you’re planning the mains for your next Indian meal, take a look at these Indian food recipes from WhiskMixStir too!
Kala Chana Curry (black chickpea curry)
Sukha Moong (another dry-ish whole beans recipe)
This recipe of Sukha Sabut Masoor (dry-ish curried whole red lentils) is naturally gluten-free, vegan (unless your'e using dairy ghee) and vegetarian.
Time taken 20-25 minutes plus soaking
Ingredients to make Sukha Masoor / Curried Red Lentils
For the basics
1 cup sabut masoor / whole red lentils
1 tbsp cooking oil or ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
½ tsp carom seeds / ajwain
1 onion, medium size
2 tomatoes, medium size
1 inch piece of ginger
4-5 garlic cloves
2-3 green chillies
¼ tsp asafoetida / hing
¼ tsp turmeric powder / haldi
½ tsp coriander powder / dhania powder
1 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
For the tempering / tadka
1 tbsp cooking oil
4-5 garlic cloves
1 inch piece of ginger
½ tsp red chilli powder
Method of making Sukha Masoor / Curried Red Lentils
Making basic sabut masoor
Soak the whole red lentils for about 4 - 6 hours or overnight.
Finely chop the onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Heat cooking oil in a pressure cooker. Keeping the heat medium high, add cumin seeds and carom seeds. Once these crackle, add the finely chopped onions. Within a couple of minutes or once the onions sweat a little and turn a light pink; add the ginger, garlic and green chillies. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes.
Next add the tomatoes, mix well again and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the tomatoes soften. Drain and add the whole red lentils. Reserve the soaking water. Add turmeric powder, asafoetida, coriander powder, garam masala and salt to taste. Mix everything and finally add water. About 1.5 - 2 cups in total, including the reserved soaking water.
Close the lid of the pressure cooker and pressure cook the sabut masoor for 2 whistles on medium high heat and 3-4 whistles on low heat. Turn off the heat source and let the steam in the pressure cooker settle, plus 10 minutes resting.
Check the whole red lentils for doneness. They should be cooked through and still have a bite. With little or no water left. If there is any water left, cook the sabut masoor for a couple of minutes on medium high heat, uncovered. The lentils will continue to dry out in residual heat, so leave a little moisture in there. And the less you stir it, the better!
Now the tadka!
When ready to serve, dish out the cooked sabut masoor in a bowl.
Bruise the whole garlic cloves with the blade of a knife. Julienne the ginger.
In a tadka pan or a small pan, heat cooking oil or ghee. Add the ginger and garlic. Once the garlic cloves turn light brown, take the tadka pan off the heat. Add red chilli powder and immediately pour the tadka / tempering over the sabut masoor. Garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander and serve.
Your Sukha Sabut Masoor or Curried Whole Red Lentils are ready to serve! This recipe goes beautifully well with ghee-laden rotis or chapatis. Add a raita of choice (my pick is this refreshing cucumber raita) and a nice salad of finely chopped onions, tomatoes and cucumber dressed with fresh mint leaves or a simple sliced onions salad to the side.
Pro-tip: (because, you scrolled down all the way here!)
Squeeze half a lime or lemon over the Sukha Sabut Masoor when serving for that extra zing!
Take a look at some of the other (Northern) Indian Curry recipes on here at WhiskMixStir! Oh and also try these refreshing traditional Indian beverage / summer cooler recipes as part of your next Indian meal.
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