Indian Food… Thursday?
Last night I tried to celebrate Indian Food Wednesday a la The Fitnessista, but silly me – my Chana Dal beans had to be soaked for 6-8 hours first!! …which I realized after I added all the spices. 😳 Needless to say, we ended up ordering out and deciding to leave the beans and spices to soak in the pot overnight for dinner tonight. I hit the pool after work today for a good mile swim since I’m cutting down my running for the Boston Marathon on Monday – eek! When I came back the deliciousness started simmering away…
Along with some homemade Chapati bread made from simply white wheat flour, salt & water.
And a lovely salad with tomatoes, capers and a simple vinaigrette. Delicioso! I used Mark Bittman’s recipes from “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” for the dal and chapati, although I had to make some subs in the dal recipe because I didn’t have exactly all the ingredients listed – and I like lots o’ garlic!
Chana Dal w/Tomatoes (serves two hungry, hungry hippos)
- 1 c. Chana Dal, soaked overnight
- 2 tbsp minced, peeled fresh garlic
- 2 tbsp garlic, smashed into a paste
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp mustard powder
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 whole dried red chili
- salt to taste
- 2 plum tomatoes, seeded & chopped
Combine the lentils, ginger, garlic, spices and red chili into a stew pot and cover with about an inch of water. Cook at a simmer until soft about 25 minutes. Remove the cloves, and stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook about 5 more minutes. Eat with the Chapati and enjoy!
Sorry I’ve been so MIA recently, but to be honest I’m starting to get pretty nervous about the Boston Marathon so I haven’t been blogging or anything a ton – just trying to keep busy and keep my mind off the 26.2 miles looming ahead!! 😯