Radish Greens Masoor dal (Red lentils with Radish greens)

Flavorful and delicious Red lentils dal with Radish greens.

Gorgeous and peppery Radish greens are paired with nutritious masoor dal in this awesome one-pot dish. Its super delicious and flavorful and goes perfect with either rice or roti.

Radish greens dal in a red bowl with curry leaves on top.

A quick FAQ about Masoor dal and Radish Greens:

What are Masoor dal or Red lentils?

Masoor dal or Red lentils are this tiny but nutrient-rich lentils, are very popular in India and make a protein-rich and delicious curry. Masoor dal comes in two forms: One is the split lentils or red lentils which cook super easy and one is Sabut or whole lentils which take a little longer to cook but are equally delicious. The protein content in masoor dal is comparable to any meat dish, making it a great option for vegetarians and vegans.

What are radish greens?

Radish greens are the tops of radish plants with subtle peppery flavors and are more nutritious than their radish roots. They are rich in many vitamins and minerals and also rich in antioxidants. They are good for your skin, aids with digestion, lower cholesterol and has many more benefits.
Radish greens held up close.

Are Radish greens edible?

Yes! All kinds of radish greens are edible, either raw or cooked. Young radish leaves have an interesting peppery flavor that tastes amazing in a salad. They wilt easily when cooked and blend and mellow perfectly with other flavors, which makes this dal wonderful.

Can I make masoor dal in Instant pot/Pressure cooker or stove top?

In this recipe, I used an Instant pot to make the radish greens dal. But Yes, you can easily adapt this recipe to a pressure cooker. Just pressure cook for 2-3 whistles. And this dal can also be made on the stove top, let the dal come to a boil and simmer it for 20-30 minutes or until the lentils are soft and tender.

Rice and dal in a white bowl.

How to make the Radish Greens Masoor dal?

Its super duper easy! I usually pot-in-pot with rice and its a perfect weeknight meal. Here is how I make it:

  • Wash and rinse the red lentils couple times and soak in water until you prep other things.
  • Separate Radishes from the greens and chop the greens roughly.
  • Turn on Sauté mode(High) on Instant pot. Add ghee/ Avocado oil and let the ghee melt.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and dried red chilies and let the mustard seeds splutter. If you don’t have mustard seeds and dried red chilies, just add cumin seeds.
Radish Greens making: Wash the dal and prep the greens.
  • Add roughly chopped onion, green chili, garlic and curry leaves and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Next, add turmeric and salt and sauté till the onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and cook till they are mushy.
  • Add Radish greens and sauté till they are wilted.
Radish Greens making: Sautéing onions, tomatoes and greens in instant pot.
  • Drain the water from the dal and add it to the pot. Add salt, chili powder and water. Scrape the sides so all the lentils are under the water.
  • The next step is completely optional. I like to pot in pot with rice, this dal tastes really good with rice and its a complete meal done in one shot.
Radish Greens making: Add lentils, spices and water.
  • Place a trivet in the dal and place a bowl of rice with water on the trivet.
  • Close the lid and set the pressure cook/Manual mode, set the timer for 5 minutes, Vent in sealing position.
  • Let the pressure release naturally (NPR) and the dal and rice are ready to eat.. enjoy!!!
Radish Greens making: pot in pot with rice for a complete meal.

Can I use other lentils in this dal?

This dal can be easily made with Moong dal or Toor dal. Moong dal takes the same time as red lentils but Toor dal takes a little longer, set the timer for 10 mins in Instant pot if using Toor dal.

How to store and serve the leftovers?

Radish greens dal stays good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Or can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. Heat it in the microwave or stove top with a little water and serve it hot with rice or roti.

Other dals on my blog:

white rice and dal in a bowl.

Radish Greens Masoor dal

Radish greens dal in a red bowl with curry leaves on top.

Flavorful and delicious Red lentils dal with Radish greens

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
NPR Time in Instant Pot 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Rinse the red lentils until the water runs clear and soak in water for 15 minutes.
  2. Separate Radishes from the greens and chop the greens roughly.
  3. Turn on Sauté mode(High) on Instant pot. Add ghee/ Avocado oil and let the oil get hot. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and dried red chilies and let the mustard seeds splutter.
  4. Add roughly chopped onion, green chili, garlic and curry leaves and sauté for 2 minutes.
  5. Add turmeric and salt and sauté till the onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and cook till they are soft.
  6. Add Radish greens and sauté till they are wilted.
  7. Drain the water from the dal and add it to the pot. Add salt, chili powder and water. Scrape the sides so all the lentils are under water.
  8. Close the lid and set the pressure cook/Manual mode, set the timer for 5 minutes, Vent in sealing position. Let the pressure release naturally (NPR).

Notes

  • If you don't have mustard seeds and dried red chilies, just add cumin seeds. Cumin seeds and lentils always go together. Don't skip it!
  • I like to pot in pot with rice, this dal tastes really good with rice. Its a complete meal done in one shot, do give it a try and let me know in the comments.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 1024mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 11gSugar: 8gProtein: 20g

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