Friday, April 18, 2014

Tomato dal (lentil) recipe

Hello readers,its been a while since my last got busy ..busier?is that even a word?anyways  with a new baby and a very active toddler my timetable has completely gone "cuckoo- cuckoo",but here I am trying to write one post at a time ,and I promise video tutorials very soon .
   This recipe is a quick fix for lunch boxes and goes great over some rice or with rotis and sides of veggies.  

  •  Toor dal 1 cup
  • tomato 2 large chopped
  • garlic cloves smashed,whole:4 to 5 
  • green chillies- 4 to 5
  • curry leaves-few springs
  • cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
  • red chili powder-1/2 tsp
  • oil-1 tsp
  • salt -1 tsp or as per taste
  • extract of 2 inch tamarind
  • coriander to garnish

For tempering
mustard seeds- 1/4th tsp
curry leaves
whole red chilies -few


  • Clean the lentil and soak in 1:2 ratio that is 1 cup dhal to 2 cups water
  • heat oil in a pressure pan .
  • add in the cumin seeds let splutter
  • add in the garlic ,green chilies and the curry leaves saute for a minute
  • now add in the turmeric and the chopped tomatoes,saute for few more minutes until tomatoes turn mushy
  • season with salt and red chilli powder 
  • now to this add the dhal and water let this come to a boil,add in the tamarind paste
  • mix everything well and close the lid,and turn the heat to medium low
  • let whistle for 5 to 6 times
  • heat a pan and add the tempering to 1/2 tsp of heated oil
  • once the pressure is settled remove the lid mash the dhal and temper.
  • garnish and enjoy.
use cherry tomatoes for a sweeter version of the dhal.
can use asafetida.
leave out the tamarind if your tomatoes are too sour,which is very unlikely if you happen to live in the U.S(I really miss the sour indigenous tomatoes we used to get back in my country-naatu thakaali ...just sharp and tangy ) .hope you enjoy the recipe.
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Sunday, January 5, 2014

2 minutes carrot cake-with low fat yogurt icing-low calorie,eggless.

This is one of my, "go-to" recipe when in hurry .The cake comes out so soft it makes you wonder how could this be low fat ?.Try for yourself and it will become one of your favorite mug cake(guiltless) too.
6 Tbs flour                        

2tbs sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash of cinnamon
4 tbs milk(used here is 2% fat)
3 tbs grated carrot
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbs walnuts crushed
For the vanilla yogurt icing:
2 tbs yogurt
1 tbs powder sugar
dash of vanilla

  • start by adding milk in a bowl
  •  to this add in applesauce,oil and vanilla extract,give this a good stir,
  • add in grated carrot and sugar,combine .
  • now bring in the flour,some ground cinnamon,baking powder and whisk well making sure there are no lumps,
  • finally throw in some walnuts,mix and transfer to a microwave safe bowl or mug ,I have used ramekins here, 
  • microwave this for 2 minutes or until the top is set ,it may take an extra 30 seconds or less according to your microwave setting,
  • now for the icing combine 1 part powder sugar with 2 parts fat free greek yogurt ,mix well and add a splash of vanilla extract,we are done
  • ice the cakes generously and enjoy!
Here is a quick tutorial :
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