Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Home Style Moong Dal/ Split Green Gram / Celebrating An Award

Yes Guys it is celebration time at Smart -Snacks. I really feel honored & on top of the world to have received an  award for my participation in Smitha"s ( Smitha's Spicy Flavours)  & Siri 's ( Cooking with Siri) " Berries " event .  Thanku so much Smitha & Siri for hosting this event & for all your time & effort that goes into bringing these events to us. Last week I received my award in the form of this most beautiful book  ever " Sukham Ayu " which has some awesome  & simple but Ayurvedic recipes. To my surprise most of the meals that I cook everyday are similar to the recipes in the book except that I do not use mustard seeds or curry leaves as tempering too often coz these are not a vital part of North Indian cuisine.
Initially I had started this blog to document some of my cooking  & baking recipes  for myself so no matter where I was I could always go back & see as to what I baked & if it really worked. Gradually as I moved forward it dawned on me that Blogosphere  has evolved into a beautiful  community & I have come across some amazing & super talented people who always have nice & encouraging words for fellow bloggers . So now I document much for those beautiful friends( & Yes I have more than a 100 friends now) as much as for myself.

Celebrating the award & a 101 friends I bring to you a very simple Moong dal recipe from the book which is exactly what I cook almost twice a week, along with a side veggie & fresh roti & it is just 100% pure happiness on the plate. I never really thought of documenting these simple everyday recipes but after going through this " Award Winning book"  I would really like to introduce all my friends  to  some simple everyday North Indian meals that are so comforting & satisfying & entirely different from the creamy & pasty -orange colored curries that we find at every North Indian Restaurant.I have no idea where from the restaurants evolved that kind of a cuisine as it  is far from authentic  & for the same reason I have not been to any North Indian restaurant here in the US for the last 4-5 years.


1/2 cup Moong Dal
1& 1/2 cups of water
1/4 th tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste

For tempering the dal:

1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp  asafoetida powder
3-4 chopped green chillies
1 & 1/2 tsp Desi ghee / clarified butter
1-2 red Chillies
pinch of red chili powder


Wash Dal thoroughly & pressure cook in 1 & 1/2 cups of water to 1 pressure , also add turmeric powder & salt . Let it sit for 5 minutes & then release the steam & open the pressure cooker as we do not want the dal to become mushy ( I generally put the pressure cooker under running water to release the steam )
Heat 1 tsp of Ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds & let them splutter , now add asafetida & green chillies . Add it to the boiled dal & mix well. Now heat the remaining 1/2 tsp ghee & add a pinch of red chili powder & the whole chillies . Top  dal with this chili ghee. Enjoy with a side of veggie , raita & fresh roti/ Indian flatbread. I have aloo gobhi / Cauliflower & potatoes , Boondi raita / yoghurt and sprout salad as an accompaniment.


This post has been linked to Kavi's Edible Entertainment  "Healthy Cooking Challenge