Friday, July 25, 2008

100 simple One pot Lentil curries

Another one for Susan's Legume Love Affair event.

All these 100 curries are designed to be cooked in a single pot, or rather a pressure cooker. It is very tough to go wrong cooking a lentil curry unless you burn stuff or add too much of salt / spices.

You can safely overcook dal. They’ll be mushy, of course, but will still taste great.

Column 1 lists various lentils commonly used across India.

A variety of goodies can be cooked along with the dal as listed in column 2. Anything edible tastes good with Dal. Be creative and use your favourite goodies. In some parts of India lacking fresh vegetables, torn papads / torn up chapattis are used as vegetable substitutes.

Fried spices are used as a garnish in most dal curries, adding a burst of flavour. Heat a spoon of oil, add a pinch of cumin / mustard seeds and mix them into the dal just before serving. Be careful not to burn the spices!


KALVA said...

Wow very nice idea... everything in one post..

Bhakti said...

creative can the human mind get. Ilove the way you put things... it is so true; duplication is a pain; but sometimes, we just want to get the exact taste that we have had before :(
this site however is fantastic.CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!
For someone like me, who loves experimenting with food, within certain boundries, this is a treasure. thanks so much for your piece of art :)

Susan said...

Ah, the delicate balance between undercooked and burnt spices! I've learned it well.

Thank you, Ramki, for another great combination of flavors for MLLA2. The roundup will be online late this week.

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