The week that went by,was surely a crazy one, with lots of unusual, unexpected, ugly stuff coming in my way of sanity, thereby making me feel irritable (huh ..whats new in that?), frustrated and of course ranting and rambling. Agreed, that some good things did happen, like a Teejri fast (An Indian festival) which I enjoyed this year and getting cleaned my home (that was pending from hell lot of time), the rest of things kept my stress levels high and Blood pressure levels really low.Moreover hubby dear sulked for many days feeling cheated by much hyped awaited launch of iphone in India, that too with less features and more moolah than expected.
Its high time India comes above the level of being dumping ground for poor quality/rejected/over priced stuff.But people waiting for hours outside the malls to catch the glimpse of Apple’s latest gizmo, will make it hard for India to take a firm stand against all the hype created for Eemported stuff .For now, Thank you Mr Steve Jobs for ditching us ….
Well in this scenario I just don’t feel like cooking, but if I do cook, it has to be some comfort food…and what’s better than Dal rice (Dal rice …again???). This time its not a routine one…but one of my favourite kaali masoor dal
- Masoor dal kaali (sabut masoor daal or whole orange lentils) 100 gm
- Onion 1 medium sized
- Tomatoes 2
- Garlic 5-6 cloves
- Green chillies 2-3
- Salt as per taste
- Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
- Coriander powder 1 tsp
- Oil 2-3 tsp
- Rinse and soak masoor daal in water for few hours (if urgent, it could be cooked without soaking)
- Take a pressure cooker and put daal along with salt and water (double the quantity of dal)
- Pressure cook it till 4 whistles if soaked and 6 if used without soaking
- In the meantime, take some oil in kadai or pan, add pounded/grinded ginger- garlic and saute it, till the paste changes its colour to light brown
- Then add chopped onions and saute it till light brown in colour
- Then add chopped or grated tomatoes, chopped green chillies, turmeric powder and coriander powder and fry properly till oil separates out from mixture
- Now add this mixture into the semi-cooked dal and either simmer it or close the lid and wait for two more whistles of cooker
- Adjust the consistency and garnish it with coriander leaves
- Serve with plain white rice and enjoy !