• 152. moong dal tadka (split green gram curry)

    August 16, 2012mayurisjikoni

    A bowl full of protein    It is unbelievable how many varieties of lentils exist and in how many variations the Indian sub continent can prepare these lentils. I guess people had to be innovative as dal or lentils is a part of the staple diet for most people of the sub continent. This humble…

     
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  • Urad Dal /Split Black Gram Curry

    August 8, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is Urad Dal? Urad is known by several names – black gram, urad bean, vigna mungo, mungo bean or black matpe bean. Grown widely in the Indian Sub Continent it is used not only for curries but for so many other dishes. Urad dal, whole or split is a vital ingredient in preparing fermented batter…

     
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  • Idli Sambar

    June 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Idli Sambar Idli Sambar is a fluffy soft, melt in the mouth fermented and steamed breakfast, served with a delicious, piping hot lentil stew and topped with fresh coconut chutney. Not only is idli sambar a healthy breakfast, but also the fermentation process increases the bioavailability of proteins, and enriches the idli with vitamin B. Low…

     
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  • 101. dal makhani

    June 22, 2012mayurisjikoni

    creamy and buttery    Anyone who has been to an Indian restaurant or dhaba, has heard of or tasted dal makhani. Its a famous Punjabi dal, usually served along with naan, parathas, vegetables and rice. The original dal makhani is cooked over a low heat charcoal furnace or in the naan furnace overnight. Very slow…

     
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  • Chora Nu Shaak/ Red Cowpea Curry

    May 31, 2012mayurisjikoni

    creamy and yummy Cowpeas or chora/choli as its called in gujarati are grown in Asia, Africa and US. The variety of cowpeas are many. Right from the black eyed cowpea to the brown kidney shaped variety. For this recipe I have used the brown or deep red  variety which is commonly grown in Kenya. I…

     
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  • 18. khatta moong/ sour green gram curry

    January 30, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Packed with protein  Like other legumes, green lentils or moong are low in fat and high in protein and fiber, and have the added advantage of cooking quickly. Moong have a mild, often earthy flavor, and they’re best if cooked with assertive flavorings. Lentils cook more slowly if they’re combined with salt or acidic ingredients, so…

     
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  • Spinach Masoor Dal/ Spinach Puy Lentil Curry

    January 12, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Spinach Masoor Dal/ Spinach Puy Lentil Curry Spinach Masoor Dal or Spinch Puy Lentil Curry is a wholesome, healthy, easy to prepare, creamy, with flavors of spinach and coconut. Best enjoyed with some plain rice or any Indian Flatbread. What is Masoor Dal or Puy Lentil? Known as whole or sabut masoor, flat lentils or…

     
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