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orange color chutney with seasonings on top and idli on side
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Masoor Dal Chutney | Orange lentil chutney

Masoor dal Chutney is a very aromatic chutney made with pink lentils, garlic and spices. It is a great accompaniment with idli or dosa.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 89kcal


  • Blender


  • ½ cup Masoor dal / Pink lentil / orange lentil
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • 5 Red chilies adjust based on your spice level
  • 2 cloves Garlic optional
  • a tiny piece Tamarind
  • ½ teaspoon Jaggery or sugar
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil

For seasoning -

  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal
  • few Curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon Asafetida


  • Dry roast the lentils until they are aromatic and start changing color. Masoor dal roasts really quickly and so keep the flame low and keep stirring all the time.
  • Transfer the roasted lentils on a plate and in the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of oil. Add the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, red chilies and garlic and fry them until they are aromatic. At the end add the tamarind piece and jaggery.
  • Let everything cool down and then grind the fried ingredients along with the masoor dal and salt. Add water as needed to grind.
  • In a small pan, heat 1 teaspoon of oil. Add the mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  • Now add the urad dal, curry leaves and asafetida.
  • Add this to the chutney and mix well. Serve with idli or dosa.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 2mg