Masoor Dal Cutlet Recipe
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Gluten Free Masoor Dal Cutlet Recipe

Gluten Free Masoor Dal Cutlet Recipe is a satiating party appetizer or teatime snack with a crisp exterior and soft kebab like texture underneath. Learn how to make vegetarian masoor dal cutlet in few simple steps. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 20 Cutlet
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 Cup masoor dal
  • 2 medium size onion fine chopped
  • half a bunch of coriander fine chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chili fine chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala see recipe here
  • 1 teaspoon mango powder (amchur)
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil + 1/3 Cup oil
  • Salt to taste


  • To prepare the masoor dal cutlet, soak the dal for 15 - 20 minutes in enough water.
  • Meanwhile fine chop the onion, coriander and green chili. Keep aside.
  • Drain the soaked dal in a colander, make fine paste of masoor dal in mixer using less than 1/4 cup of water.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add cumin seeds and asafetida. Roast for few seconds till seeds change color.
  • Next add half of the chopped onion and fry till onion turn golden brown in color.
  • Add the masoor dal paste in the pan, roast over low heat stirring continuously till it turns light brown in colour. Dal is ready when it leaves sides of the pan and all the moisture is evaporated.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Let the dal mixture cool down little bit so that it becomes easy to handle.
  • Add remaining chopped onion, garlic paste, green chili, coriander, spices and salt in the roasted dal. Stir to combine.
  • Grease a baking tray ( buy it here ) or large plate with little oil.
  • Evenly spread the dal mixture in the tray with 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Let the mixture set in the tray at room temperature or keep in the fridge.
  • Once mixture is nicely set, cut into equal shape squares.
  • At this stage, these cutlets can be stored in the fridge.
  • Before serving, heat 1/3 Cup oil in a frying pan ( buy it here ). Once oil is heated, shallow fry the cutlets till golden brown on each side.
  • Transfer fried cutlets to a plate lined with oil absorbing paper.
  • Serve Masoor Dal Cutlet warm with green chutney.