Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hot n Sour Lentils

For dinner tonight, I made two dishes. One was Simple Spinach and the other was my brand new creation: Hot n Sour Lentils.

Here is the recipe:

4 new potatoes - diced
2 Large Onions - diced
3 Roma Tomatoes - diced
1 Can of Pineapple chunks (or fresh pineapple)
10 Green beans - cut into 2 cm long pieces

3 cups of Lentils (Dal) cooked --- Cook the lentils so that they are not mushy for this recipe. Texture is part of the "taste", if you know what I mean :)

2 Tbsp Sesame Oil

1 Tsp chilly powder
1 Tsp cumin
1 Tsp Mustard seeds
2 Tbsp of finely chopped ginger root
1 Tsp White Lentil (Urad Dal)
2 Tbsp shredded curry leaves
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

3 cups of filtered water

Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of Asafoetida

Heat up the oil in a large pan.
When the oil is hot, turn down the heat.
Add the mustard seeds. Cover with lid.
Add the asafoetida, curry leaves, ginger.
Add the chopped onions, white lentils and turn down the heat.

Add 1 cup of water, turn down the heat. Let simmer.

In a sauce pan, heat up 2 cups of filtered water. When the water starts to boil, add the potatoes and the green beans. Cook until the potatoes are tender, not mushy. Drain the water into the pan with the onions and turn-up the heat to medium.

Add the lentils, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, to the onions and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.
Add the pineapple chunks and cook for another minute or so. If fresh pineapples, cook for two minutes.

Simmer for a few more minutes until the mix is not too runny (until much of the added water has evaporated).
Stir frequently!!

Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro!

Add salt (little) to taste!

Serve hot with rice or flat breads (chappati, naan, pita, etc).
Bon appetit' :)

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