Good evening everyone! How goes it? The weekend is so close I can practically taste it! What would the weekend taste like, if it had a taste anyways? Now there’s a thought…
At any rate, I feel like I haven’t cooked in aaaages. Cooking is one of my passions in life, so I get all out of whack if I go too long without it. I was supah jazzed to make tonight’s dinner too, as it’s been on my brain for the last week! I had an Indian staple – Masoor Daal!
Now, you may be asking yourself, “what the heck is Masoor Daal?” Well daal, to my knowledge, is split lentils and Masoor refers to red lentils. Hence, Masoor Daal means “red split lentils”!
I picked up some of these gems in the organic bulk bins at my grocery store and used about a cup of them for this dish, which is based off of this recipe. After rinsing, I added them to a pot with 2 1/4 cups water.
To the pot I added a 1 inch, peeled piece of ginger, 1/2 a small onion (chopped) and the following spices:
- 2-3 t garam masala
- 1/4 t cayenne pepper
- 1/4 t salt
- hefty dashes of cumin & coriander
- small dash of garlic powder
I let everything simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture was thick and the lentils were cooked. I added some freshly sliced zucchini, served it over some chewy, brown rice – and CHOWED!
Ok – this dish certainly goes in the books as the “least pretty,” if you will, dish that I’ve ever put on this blog, but boy-oh-boy was it TASTY!
This is one of those dishes that gets better with every single bite. The first bite is like – ‘yeah, this is pretty good!’ The second bite is – ‘yeah…Yeah! This is really good!’ The third bite…well, it’s all over from there 🙂
Typically I would serve the Masoor Daal over some fluffy, white, basmati rice but all I had in the house was brown rice. Which turned out to be just fine!
I went back for seconds, this was so good 🙂 AND the entire recipe – which I had maybe 1/4 of – cost a total of ~$1.50. You cannot beat that people!!!
For dessert I had an individual sized package of freeze-dried apples made by Crispy Green. These are literally just freeze-dried apples, which means no added chemicals, sugars or preservatives. Sweet!
They are also gluten-free, fat free and vegan. Plus each little package is 40 calories – perfect for a nice after dinner much 🙂
Crispy Green also makes these freeze-dried fruit packets with pears, bananas and pineapples. Ooooo, these would be really good as a yogurt topping…
Find out where you can buy these babies here!
I am so perfectly satisfied right now, it’s not even funny. You guys should really try this Masoor Daal – it was so easy and hey if you make it and for some reason don’t like it, you’ve only lost 15 minutes and $1.50. That’s not so bad is it??
Ok, off to work on a fun baking project! See ya buddies!
Do you like to make dishes from other cultures? What’s your favorite thing to make?