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A painful dinner

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A painful dinner

I burnt my lil finger a bit just now while making Naans for dinner today (thx to my very small oven size!). I'm having a vegetarian Indian dinner tonight.

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The Naan goes with lentil curry and fried bittergourd with spices. :) [Dunno how it tastes like yet though...]


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The bittergourds are just simply fried with oil,salt, turmeric, garlic and onions. Feel free to add some dried chillies to the oil or some mustard seeds or also a pinch of garam masala/curry powder. :)

Here's the Dhal recipe.

1C Masoor dhal, soaked, washed and drained
4C water
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2cm ginger finely minced
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 green chillies, cut to pieces 1 inch
2 tbsp butter/ghee/oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 onion, finely sliced

1. Placed dhal,water, salt, turmeric powder,ginger , garlic and green chillies in pan, cover and simmer for 20 mins or till dhal softens.
2. About 10 min before dhal is cooked, heat the butter/ghee/oil in a seperate pan, and fry cumin seeds till golden brown and fragrant. Add onion slices to the cumin seeds and continue to saute till golden brown.
3. When dhal softens, add onion-cumin mixture and boil for and extra of 2 minutes. Ready to serve. ;)

*P.S: For smoothness, soften dhal may be mashed a lil while simmered.