Goan Masoorchi Usali Recipe (Black Lentil Stir Fry)

Raksha Kamat
Goan Masoorchi Usali Recipe (Black Lentil Stir Fry)
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Masoorchi Usali is a quick and simple stir fry that we make in Goa. In Goa we make different types of usali or usal. Moogachi usali (Black Lentil stir fry) and chanyachi usali (gram stir fry) is all time favorite. However, I thought of making this usali with masoor and it turned delicious. You can make it with sprouts too. On the days when we fast, we make this dish without onion. Masoor is a lentil and contains carbohydrates. They are a good source of dietary fiber. They are low in fat and calories but rich in vitamins. This is a nutritious dish which can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can eat it as a side with rice and moolyacho ross or have it with rotis for dinner. We simply love to eat a bowl of this protein filled nutritious dish for breakfast too. Oh yes, you can use this usal as a stuffing to make yummy sandwiches too.

Serve Goan Masoorchi Usali along with Phulkas and Steamed rice for a weekday Goan meal.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Goan recipes such as

  1. Goan Mushroom Xacuti Recipe
  2. Goan Mackerel Curry Recipe
  3. Goan Chicken Stew Recipe

Cuisine: Goan Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

35 M

Total in

45 M


2 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Masoor Dal (Whole)
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coconut , grated
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt , to taste
  • For seasoning
  • 1 Green Chilli , slit
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • Asafoetida (hing) , A pinch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • For garnish
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped

How to make Goan Masoorchi Usali Recipe (Black Lentil Stir Fry)

  1. To begin making the Goan Masoorchi Usali recipe, wash and soak masoor for 2 to 3 hours. After soaking drain, the water.

  2. Add the masoor to a pressure cooker along with 2 cups water and pressure cook it for 2 whistles.

  3. Wait for the pressure from the cooker to be released.

  4. Heat a kadai/wok, add oil. After oil gets heated, add mustard seeds and let it flutter.

  5. Now add cumin seeds and let it crackle.

  6. Add curry leaves, asafetida and slit green chili and stir.

  7. Now add chopped onion and fry till onion turns pinkish.

  8. Add chopped tomato and let it cook till tomato turns soft and mushy. Now add 1/4 teaspoon salt and mix well.

  9. Add turmeric powder and mix. Now add pressure cooked masoor and mix well.

  10. Add grated coconut and again mix. Let this cook for 5 minutes on low flame.

  11. If needed add salt. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. 

  12. Serve Goan Masoorchi Usali along with Phulkas and Steamed rice for a weekday Goan meal.