Soak the masoor dal for at least half an hour. Boil dal with salt in a pan or pressure cooker until done. Mash well and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, jeera, whole red chili, garlic cloves, and curry leaves.
Next, add in the onions, and fry the onions until golden brown
Mix in turmeric powder and red chili powder. and add the tomato.
Saute for a minute and add the fenugreek leaves/methi and cook till the tomato is done. Methi leaves would be done by then.
Add this cooked methi masala to the mashed dal. Mix well. Adjust the consistency of dal by adding water. Bring it to a boil.
Simmer for five minutes. Turn off the flame and let it rest for five more minutes. Your methi dal recipe is ready to serve hot.