June 11, 2014

Masoor dal & Hung Curd Salad | Quick Summer Salads

We tasted something similar at an upscale restaurant - Moshe's - for an exorbitant price !! Recreating that at home at a fraction of the cost. Zero cook and zero oil and very low fat : Full of nutrients and customisable to your palate. Hung curd is great throughout the year, more so during summer when it acts like a palate cleanser too !

This is a dish I keep making at least once a week, altering the ingredients suited to my pantry. Its also a great make-ahead for parties. Just skip the lemon juice and salt if serving at a party and add just before serving.

Ingredients : (This is a salad, like most salads, where add or subtract quantities according to your taste). But as an eyeball measure, about 1 cup of soaked masoor with all other ingredients serves atleast 2 adults.
  • Soaked and drained whole masoor (soak for min 6-8 hours or overnight) - 1 cup
  • Chopped cucumber 
  • Deseeded and diced tomatoes
  • Fruits (I used apple, pomogranate and black grapes)
  • Chopped bell pepper (optional)
  • Salt to taste
For the dressing :
  • Hung curd - chilled - approx 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil
  • Black salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey

  1. Whisk the dressing and chill thoroughly.
  2. Mix all the ingredients of the salad except salt on a large bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and chill again. 
  4. If serving immediately add salt, else add salt just before serving .

Sending this to BM # 41 under "Summer Specials"


  1. interesting to know you did not cook the dal...this combination looks very nice and with a tbsp of masoor dal left to be used before i get the next batch, this seems like an option

  2. Don't you get the raw taste of daal? Giving it one or two boils should not be bad..the hung curd enhances the taste of most salads...I love it as a dressing.

  3. Very different and interesting dal salad, hung curd dressing is always my favourite, am curious to know about the taste of those uncooked dal.

  4. Sounds very unique salad . I must try it....

  5. Like the dressing, it looks creamy and appetizing.

  6. Like everyone else I am wondering about the taste of the dal. I think I will try with split moong dal,like kosambari. The dressing sounds very tempting:)

  7. what a cool and refreshing salad for the summer

  8. These days I am for all in for these kind of salads. I think I have some whole masoor in my pantry and will try it.

  9. We have always used raw split yellow dal that's just soaked for 15 mins...so I am guessing masoor is also soft like the split moong..very nice one

  10. Salad with masoor dhal sounds inviting and interesting,healthy looking salad.

  11. Very interesting salad. As Vaishali pointed out, I would at least steam the lentils and then use.


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