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Nimbu Dal – Lemon Lentils Recipe in a pot
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Nimbu Dal – Lemon Lentils Recipe

Nimbu Dal is an excellent comfort food if paired with hot rice. These Lemon Lentils can also be paired with Rotis along with a subzi on the side for a sumptuous meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Lunch Box Recipes, Quick and Easy, Side Dishes
Cuisine: Asian, Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 209kcal


  • bowl
  • Stock pot
  • pan
  • spatula


  • ¾ cup Masoor dal Orange lentils
  • 1 medium Onion chopped finely
  • 3 Tomatoes Chopped finely
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1 tsp Ginger Finely grated
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • ½ inch piece Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or oil
  • 3-4 tbsp Lemon juice 1 lemon
  • to taste Salt
  • for garnish Cilantro


  • Wash the lentils couple of times and then cook it in enough water with a pinch of turmeric powder until soft. I usually cook the masoor dal on stove top, but if preferred you could cook it in pressure cooker.
  • In a pan, heat the ghee or oil or a combination of both and then add the cumin seeds. Once the seeds splutter, add the cinnamon stick and fry for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the onions and sauté until golden brown. Then add the grated ginger and green chilies and fry for a minute more.
  • Next goes in the chopped tomatoes along with salt, turmeric powder and red chili powder.
  • Fry until the tomatoes are mushy.
  • Now add the cooked dal along with some water (if needed) and let the mixture boil for about 8 – 10 minutes in medium heat.
  • Add the cilantro and let it boil for a minute. Remove from flame and add the lemon juice.
  • Mix well and serve the Nimbu Dal steaming hot.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg