This easy red lentil curry (masoor dal) recipe is easy, healthy, and perfect for weeknight dinners.
Pressure cook the masoor dal with 2 cups water for 2-3 minutes or until well cooked and slightly mushy. If using an Instant Pot, use 1 1/4 cup of water. Set aside.
In another large pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the cumin seeds and sauté for about 15 seconds. Add the onions and sauté until slightly golden, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and continue to sauté until the raw smell disappears (about 30 seconds). Add the tomatoes, green chili, and dry spice powders (red chili, turmeric, cumin, coriander) except the garam masala. Cook until soft and you see the oil leaving the sides, about 3 minutes.
Stir the cooked dal into the tadka and add 2 cups of water. Stir well and raise the heat to bring to a simmer.
Lower the heat and add the salt. Simmer this dal, stirring occasionally, for at least 5 minutes or until you achieve the desired consistency.