Peyaj Mushuri Dal

Peyaj Mushuri Dal is a classic Bengali dal/dahl. It is mild on the tummy and gets a hint of sweetness from the caramelized onion. With just 5 INGREDIENTS, this masoor dal is a hearty starter to a Bengali meal. You can enjoy it like soup or pair it with some crispy fried veggies or fish and rice.

After a heavy indulgence over the weekend, I like to keep Monday meals simple. This Peyaj Mushuri Dal with steamed white rice and some salad on the side is filling and quick. It takes just about 25 minutes and is a great choice for meatless Mondays.

This Peyaj Mushuri Dal / caramelized onion masoor dal recipe is Vegetarian and if you serve with rice you can make it gluten-free. It’s plant-based, and dairy-free.

Peyaj Mushuri Dal

  • Requires just 5 INGREDIENTS
  • Needs only 25 minutes
  • Nourishing, healthy and hearty
  • Pairs best with rice.

What key ingredients are needed for Peyaj Mushuri Dal?

  • Split red lentils
  • Red onion
  • Nigella seeds
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Fresh green chili

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How to prepare Peyaj Mushuri Dal

 Peyaj is onion and Mushuri dal is masoor dal. Steps are simple and easy to follow:

  • Put the washed lentil in a pan along with 2 cups of water plus ½ teaspoon salt then bring it to boil at high heat. After that let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes in medium heat.
  • While the lentil is still boiling, place a wok or another pan at medium heat. Pour the oil and heat it up. Scatter the nigella seeds and let it sizzle for couple seconds. Then tumble the sliced red onion to the hot oil. Sprinkle rest of the salt, turmeric and sugar. Keep stirring and cooking until the onion is golden brown.
  • Then pour the boiled lentils to the caramelized onion and give it a stir. If you prefer the consistency of the dal much thinner add some water. Check for salt too, if it’s not enough, sprinkle some salt.
  • Finally, drop the green chili (just slit it half or trim the edge) finely chopped cilantro and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm with rice.

The KEY POINT to remember here is to make sure you caramelize the onion for the perfect flavor and taste. 

To prepare the Peyaj Mushuri Dal in Electric Pressure Cooker:

Cook the onion in sauté mode along with nigella seeds, salt and turmeric. Then scatter the red lentil along with water and pressure-cook it until cooked. Finally, add the green chili and cilantro leaves. Serve warm.

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Dal (daal/dahl) is one of the most versatile nourishing meals that are prepared almost every day in Indian cuisine. Red lentils (masoor dal) are often a go-to choice for everyday dal.

It doesn’t need soaking and can be boiled even in a pot. You don’t necessarily need a pressure cooker. Although cooking in pressure cooker or instapot  will only fasten the process.

You can even make a big batch of this masoor dal and freeze it. Let the frozen dal thaw for a while before you reheat it. When you are reheating the dal, add some finely chopped cilantro leaves and fresh lemon juice for refreshing flavor. 

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There are numerous ways masoor dal is prepared. Out of all the different kind of lentils available, the red lentil is everybody’s favorite.

Unlike other variety of masoor dal,  for this particular classic Bengali mushuri dal you don’t need to finish it with a tadka (tempering). It’s the simplest kind of every day masoor dal.

Peyaj Mushuri Dal

Peyaj Mushuri Dal is a classic Bengali dal/dahl. It is mild on the tummy and gets a hint of sweetness from the caramelized onion. With just 5 INGREDIENTS, this masoor dal is a hearty starter to a Bengali meal, often paired with some crispy fried veggies or fish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bengali recipe, daal, Lentils, Peyaj Maushuri Dal
Calories: 538kcal
Author: Playful Cooking

Ingredients

  • Split red lentil - 1 cup
  • Oil - 1 tablepsoon
  • 1 medium size onion
  • Nigella seeds - 1 teapsoon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 fresh green chili
  • finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • Put the washed lentil in a pan along with 2 cups of water plus ½ teaspoon salt. Bring it to boil at high heat then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes in medium heat.
  • mushuri dal step 01
  • While the lentil is boiling, place a wok or another pan at medium heat. Pour the oil and heat it up. Scatter the nigella seeds and let it sizzle for couple seconds. Tumble the sliced red onion to the hot oil. Sprinkle rest of the salt, turmeric and sugar. Keep stirring and cooking until the onion is golden brown.
  • mushuri dal step 02
  • mushuri dal step 03
  • mushuri dal step 04
  • Then pour the boiled lentils to the caramelized onion and give it a stir. If you prefer the consistency of the dal much thinner add some water. Check for salt too, if it's not enough, sprinkle some salt.
  • mushuri dal step 05
  • Finally drop the green chili (just slit it half or trim the edge) finely chopped cilantro and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm with rice.

Notes

To prepare the Peyaj Mushuri Dal in Electric Pressure Cooker:

Cook the onion in saute mode along with nigella seeds, salt and turmeric. Then scatter the red lentil along with water and pressure cook it until cooked. Finally add the green chili and cilantro leaves. Serve warm. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 2011mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g

Here are more Dal Recipes:

Dal Makhani in Multipot

Aam Daal (Green Mango Lentil Stew)

Mung Bean and Kale Daal

Masoor Palak Daal (Red Lentil Spinach Stew)

Tetor Daal (Bitter Gourd Yellow Mung Stew)

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  • mary anderson
    mary anderson
    December 23, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    making dessert or main meal is so difficult on weekend because they always want something new and this site is my hack lol thanks for making different recipes i can copy lol 🙂

    • Wendy
      Wendy
      May 1, 2021 at 7:48 AM

      I love red lentils and this dish looks delicious, I also use them to make the typical Turkish soup. We are in Ramadam and my husband is following , so tomorrow will be what he will have for breakfast. Beautiful pictures. Take care of yourself precious

  • Easyfoodsmith
    Easyfoodsmith
    December 23, 2019 at 4:10 AM

    So healthy and delicious. I especially love a day old chilled dal with hot buttered paratha.

  • jignesh patel
    jignesh patel
    December 21, 2019 at 6:48 AM

    I ll try on sunday as i love cooking keep updating new receipe

  • angiesrecipes
    angiesrecipes
    December 12, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    That surely looks very tasty and comforting!