It was cold day, so I decided to make it a lazy day! It wasn’t so much tiredness but the crisp coolness in the atmosphere that made me wrap myself in the doona and sit on the couch for the rest of the day. We sat in front of the TV and watched FRIENDS marathon and decided it was too cold to cook or move from the couch. All plans around doing any meaningful work was thrown out of the window and we became the quintessential “couch potato”.
But the stomach rumblings meant, I had to eat. For brekkie, I soft boiled 2 eggs and had them with some buttered grain toasts. In the cold weather, the warm eggs were divine. As there was no cooking happening, we broke our cardinal rule and ordered pizzas from dominos. Now avi and I love food and love pizzas, but the assembly line, cardboard production from dominos and Pizza Hut are a no no in our house. Our stomachs are very sensitive to any crap and they fall firmly in that category. But yesterday due to our laziness and not having too many choices meant we ordered the pizzas…..and we regretted it! They were crap and we threw most of it away. Inspite of that, we felt sick! That means, I was motivated to cook dinner.
I soaked my favourite dal and rice for dinner. Avi wanted to add a bit of zazz, so he cooked some pork and chives sausages to go along. I made my delicious Arhar dal with boiled basmati rice to have a simple home cooked dinner after the disastrous lunch. Another day of holiday left and it will be back to the grind. So I will make most out of Sunday. Till tomorrow…..
- 1 Cup Arhar(pigeon pea) dal
- 1 Chopped Onion
- 3 Garlic (Clove, chopped)
- 1 Tomato (Chopped)
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 Tbsp Oil
- salt to taste
- Heat oil in the pressure cooker.
- Add the garlic and sauté for a minute.
- Add the chopped onion and sauté till they are translucent.
- Add the chopped tomato and mice them well. Sauté till they are soft and mushy. Alternatively, you can substitute the tomato with a tablespoon of tomato purée.
- Add turmeric, chilli powder and sal to the mixture.
- Add the soaked dal and add enough water to cover the dal. If you want to add more flavour to the dal, add 500 ml chicken stock instead of water.
- Pressure cook the dal for 15 mins. I usually slow the flame after one whistle and let it simmer for the remaining time.
- Garnish with a little ghee and serve hot with rotis or boiled basmati rice.