The red lentil or masoor dal is a popular dal widely used in Indian food due to its nutritional profile and therapeutic properties. Since ancient times, masoor dal has been valued by Indians for its plethora of nutritional benefits, culinary purposes, and cultivation. You can easily meet your daily nutritional needs with a bowl of masoor dal. It is a split lentil without skin, so it does not require soaking before cooking. In addition to being mildly sweet and earthy flavored, the masaoor dal blends well with all kinds of spices.