The Cool House: Mmm, food

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Mmm, food

No time for a real post but always time to eat. I'm over at Create My Event where I'm posting more about food. So in the interests of synergy here's a recipe for Chana Dal that will keep you warm until Monday - and it's super fast and easy too.


1 1/2 cups chana dal or yellow split peas, picked over, washed and drained
5 cups water
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 thin slices of unpeeled ginger
1/4 to 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
3 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 to 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder


Put the dal in a heavy pot along with the water. Bring to a boil and remove any surface scum. Add the turmeric and ginger. Cover, leaving the lid just very slightly ajar, turn heat to low, and simmer gently for one and a half hours or until the dal is tender. Stir every 5 minutes or so during the last half hour of cooking to prevent sticking. Remove the ginger slices. Add the salt and garam masala to the dal. Stir to mix.

Heat the oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. When hot, put in the cumin seeds. A couple of seconds later, put in the garlic. Stir and fry until the garlic pieces are lightly browned. Put the chili powder into the pan. Immediately lift the pan off the heat and pour the mixture into the pot with the dal. Stir to mix.

I often let this sit for a few hours and then reheat, if so add another teaspoon of garam masala before serving.

Serve with Naan bread, I love Fabulous Flats brand, available from Wholefoods, and natural yoghurt.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Sounds wonderful! I love Indian food. A nice and easy recipe, too.