Sunday, November 26, 2017

Blissful Saturday: Chana dal and a movie

Saturdays are meant to be a certain way. And, this one was perfect. I think there is little else in domestic life that is more delightful than waking up early on a Saturday morning, looking at the clock, and then turning back and going off to sleep again! Slept for a delicious extra hour, before waking up to warm butter toast, the smell of fabric conditioner in freshly washed clothes, an hour of Cheeku games on the terrace, and all the while soaking in the warm winter sun. Aah, life is good :)

Lunch was good ol' dhaba food, made by yours truly. Thanks to Len, I am finding the dhaba style of cooking more and more appealing for many reasons. Firstly, its easy to prepare, uses minimal ingredients, is hearty and healthy, and obviously pretty darn good to eat. Made a chana dal with palak for lunch, served with some raw onions and lemon on the side. 

What you need

1 cup chana dal
250 grams spinach
1 onion, sliced
6-7 pods of garlic and a small pieces of ginger, crushed in a mortar
2 whole cardomons
3-4 cloves
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 cumin powder 
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 garam masala
1/4 tikka masala powder (optional)
2 tbsp mustard oil
Salt to taste

How to

Heat mustard oil in a pressure cooker. Let it smoke for 30 seconds. Add the cardamom and cloves, followed by the onion, ginger and garlic. 

Fry till light brown in colour. Add all ground spice powders. Fry for a couple of minutes.

Add the chana dal. Stir and then add the spinach. Allow the spinach to wilt a little bit (about 5 minutes). Stir. Add 2 cups of water and salt/ 

Close the lid of the pressure cooker and let it whistle once on high heat. Turn down the heat and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Turn of gas.

When the lid releases, check for water and salt. Serve with raw onions and lemon. 

We enjoyed our chana dal with some steamed rice, and followed it up with a siesta. Joy o joy! After two hours of deep slumber, I went for Coco.

No, not cocoa powder nor Coca Cola. Just Coco - one of the most delightful animation films I watched in a long time. Yet another gem by Pixar, Coco follows the adventures of a young, aspiring musician, Miguel, who accidentally finds himself in the land of the dead. The film is based on the beautiful Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos (Day of the dead).

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