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Lentils, red (masoor dal)

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What is lentils, red (masoor dal)?

Lentils should not be eaten raw, due to the presence of anti-nutrients such as phytic acid and tannins; some types of lentils require soaking overnight before cooking as well.

Red lentils require a short cooking time as their husks have been removed, about 10 minutes and have a distintive earthy flavour.

Lentils are used to prepare an inexpensive and nutritious soup all over Europe and North and South America, sometimes combined with some form of chicken or pork. In rare cases the lentils are mixed with dairy and cheese.

Many East Indians are vegetarian and lentils have long been a part of the East Indian diet as an excellent source of healthy protein.

## Nutrition Value and Health Benefits

Lentils contain high levels of proteins, including the essential amino acids isoleucine lysine, and are an essential source of inexpensive protein in many parts of the world for those who adhere to a vegetarian diet.

Lentils are deficient in two essential amino acids, methionine and cystine. However, sprouted lentils contain sufficient levels of all essential amino acids, including methionine and cystine.

In addition to high levels of proteins, lentils also a good source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B, and minerals.

Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%). Health magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods.

Lentils are often mixed with grains, such as rice, which results in a complete protein dish.

Lentils are one of the best vegetable sources of iron. This makes them an important part of a vegetarian diet, and useful for preventing iron deficiency. Iron is particularly important for adolescents and pregnant women, whose requirements for it are increased.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (192g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 677Calories from Fat 18
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.0g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 115.4g 38%
Dietary Fiber 59g 234%
Sugars 3.9
Protein 49.5g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 11% Iron 80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Lentils, red (masoor dal) is usually found in the rice & beans section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Lentils, red (masoor dal) is a member of the Legumes and Legume Products US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much does lentils, red (masoor dal) weigh?

Amount Weight
1 cup 192 grams
1 tbsp 12 grams

Legumes and Legume Products

In Chinese:扁豆,红(masoor DAL)
British (UK) term:
en français:lentilles, rouge (masoor dal)
en español:lentejas, rojo (dal masoor)

Recipes using lentils, red (masoor dal)

There are 68 recipes that contain this ingredient.



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A simple and scrumptious dish made with rice, green and red lentils and grated coconut.

Cauliflower and Red Lentil Curry

Cauliflower & Red Lentil Curry

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Warm, cozy and delicious. Used hot curry powder to add extra hint to the dish. Had it with homemade nan bread, yum!

Chickpea, Lentil and Winter Squash Stew

Chickpea, Lentil & Winter Squash Stew

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It was so flavorful, instead of broth, we used canned tomato. Served the stew with homemade whole wheat bread, yum.

Curried Cashew Burgers

Curried Cashew Burgers

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Veggie burgers with lentils, carrots, cashew with a hint of curry.

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

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Tasty vegetable and lentil base topped with mashed potato. Lovely healthy comfort food for a winter night :D Note: though the list of ingredients can at first be daunting, dont be put off. Most are just seasoning that can be added at your own pace.

Butternut, Chickpea and Lentil Curry

Butternut, Chickpea & Lentil Curry

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This North Indian curry is scrumptious, full of protein, fibre and Irion, packed with flavor. Enjoy this delicious and nutritious dish with some naan or crusty bread.


Favourite Red Lentil Soup

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Favourite Red Lentil Soup recipe


Nimbu Rice

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A delicious rice dish made with green and red lentils, cashew nuts and seedless raisins.


Cozy Red Lentil Soup

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Cozy Red Lentil Soup recipe


More Kozhambhu

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A scrumptious dish that gets its amazing flavor from plain yogurt, red pepper flakes and a pinch of turmeric.

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