Pressure cook dal with a tablespoon of oil & salt. Pour into a saucepan with 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer on low flame for 5 minutes.
Temper with heating oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, hing , garlic, curry leaves, splutter for a minute add tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder , ginger & all other spice powder and sauté until the tomatoes are soft. Add the tempering to the cooked dal. Squeeze lemon juice & garnish with chopped cilantro.