Feb 082011

You know i love Indian food.

And then you also know i love grains and pulses.

Bet it is no surprise that one of these days, my blog entry features Dhal, (some call it Dal), aye?

So here it is, one of my monthly must eat at home, Dhal.

Initially, i wanted to make some naan (pardon my horrible dinner pictures) to go with it. But because i was pressing for time, i ended up grabbing some crusty bread off the shelves instead.

Nevertheless, the deliciousness of the dhal isn’t at all affected. Well, maybe just a litttttleee bit, but the highlight is the dhal, not naan, though devouring both together would be awesome.

Oh, did you see my new kitchen ware?

My Indian neighbour got me this Masala Dabba from India when she went home for visiting in December! How sweet of her!  She is the same person who helped me out when i was cooking biryani the other time :)

In return, i baked her David Lebovitz’s Banana and Chocolate Chunk Upside Down Cake which she and her family couldn’t stop thinking about ever since i gave some to her the first time i baked it. *smile* Isn’t it nice to have great neighbours? I’m all for kampung spirit and luckily, most of my neighbours are in the same school of thought!

Anyway, if you love Dhal, or plan to eat healthy … this super easy dish is a must!

Sometimes when i don’t feel like cooking up a storm, this IS our dinner. Heee!


(by Paul Gayler, The Cook’s Book)

170g split red lentils, rinsed
2 green chilies, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 onion, finely chopped
450ml water
400g canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
4 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tsp ground coriander
curry leaves

1. Put the lentils in a saucepan. Add the chilies, turmeric, onion and water and bring to boil. Partly cover the pan and simmer, without stirring for 30-35 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Stir in tomatoes.

2. Heat the ghee in a small pan. Add the rest of the ingredients and dry over moderate heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add to the lentils and cook, stirring until thick. Season.

Enjoy! :)


Submitting this to Muhibbah Monday to Suresh at 3hungrytummies.