I recently bought a bag of red lentils and just noticed it is labelled "Masoor Malka". I thought I've bought Masoor Dal in the past. Are they the same? It might be my imagination, but the new ones look they are whole and not split. thanks!
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They are the same. I believe Malka masoor dal is the complete name for split red lentils. Whole red lentils have a fairly dark brown skin.
Malka masoor comes in two varieties - whole and split. They both have no skin. I personally prefer the whole one - to me they are creamier though they do take a little longer to cook ( or you can soak them for a longer time prior to cooking to reduce the actual cooking time). Other than that they are identical. Each variety is preffered regionally.