what are red lentils?

Also known as  masoor dal, they are a common ingredient  in Indian, Mediterranean and  Middle Eastern cuisines.

Red lentils taste delicious!   They have a subtle flavor that matches well with other flavors and spices in a dish. They become tender and creamy when you cook them longer and with more liquid (or broth).

Whether you're craving a comforting lentil soup or a hearty lentil curry, mastering the art of cooking red lentils on the stovetop is a valuable skill.

Prep Time: 5 Min

Cook Time: 15  Min


To cook red lentils on stove top all you need are lentils and water.

Wash lentils  until the water runs clear.  In a saucepan, bring water to a boil on medium-high heat.

Step 1

Add the washed lentils and stir. Cook them on medium-high heat.

Step 2

Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan partially with a lid, and let the lentils simmer for 12-13 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Step 3

Take the pan off the heat and stir the lentils. Cover and let them rest for 5 minutes. Cool completely and store them. 

Step 4

These lentils are a great source of plant-based protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Cooked red lentils are like a blank canvas for you to add flavors and textures to!