Masoor Amti (Whole Red Lentils Curry)

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Masoor Amti (Whole Red Lentils Curry)


Sabut Masoor or Whole red lentil is consumed widely in the form of dal, amti or curries, subji, soup, and pulao. It is brown in color from outside and red in color from inside. Highly nutritious, rich in protein and fibers. In Maharashtra, it is popularly called as “Masoor” and split lentils are called as “masoorchi dal.” Whole masoor curry is called as Amti and prepared regularly in each household. It goes well with steamed rice, roti. The cooking methods vary from region to region.  

Cooking Time

Preparation Time :15 Min

Cook Time : 25 Min

Total Time : 40 Min


Serves : 6
  • Sabut Masoor or Whole Red Lentils – 1/2 -3/4 cup

  • Finely chopped onion- 1/2 medium finely chopped

  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves – 5-6

  • Garlic cloves crushed – 2-3

  • Asafoetida – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garam Masala – 1 teaspoon

  • Red chili powder– 1 teaspoon

  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 medium

  • Finely chopped coriander leaves – 3-4 tablespoon

  • Grated coconut – 2 tablespoon

  • sugar (optional) - 1/4 teaspoon or A small pinch

  • Oil – 1/2 tablespoon

  • water - 1 1/2 - 2 cups as per your thickness preference

  • Salt - 1 teaspoon or to taste


  • Wash and cook Whole Masoor adding chopped onion in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles.
  • heat oil in a wok or pan. Add cumin seeds. Let it splutter.
  • Add curry leaves. Stir it. Add minced or crushed garlic. Cook well.
  • Add Asafoetida, Turmeric, garam masala, red chili powder. Mix well.
  • Add Tomato and finely chopped coriander leaves. Cook till tomato softens.
  • Add cooked, slightly mashed whole Masoor-Onion mixture, salt, a small 1 pinch of sugar. Mix well.
  • Add grated coconut. Mix well. Simmer it for 2-3 minutes. Adjust the consistency as per your requirement.
  • Serve hot with Steamed Rice.