July 22, 2009
I'm determined to finish my section on lentils today. It's only 10 a.m. and I'm almost there. It took me only two hours to prep four dishes - not to mention that was between whining - crying - making up - whining - crying and finally TV!
Lentils and Beans are a huge staple in the Indian diet. It's not hard to figure out why. There are about a gabillion varieties out there and as many if not more ways to cook them. They are high in protein ... low in fat and have tons of fibre. What more could you want if you're watching your weight, are a diebetic or just want a healthy meal option.
Oh, and did I mention how cheap they are? About 2 cups can feed a family of four for 3 - 4 meals. It's absolutely amazing. And a wonder that all of this great cooking hasn't grown on the American taste buds in a significant way until now.
So...here are the four crockpot recipes I made today:
Juhi's Kitchari Recipe
Garlic & Chili Split Pigeon Pea Curry
South Indian Parippu made from Masoor Dal
Chickpea Curry with Fresh Dill Leaves
I chopped everything...tossed it into my four crockpots and am now just going about my day eagerly awaiting the results. If you are interested in trying any or all...SMS me/Twitter me/Facebook me/Comment on this blog!
Neha's take on dinner (basmati rice, curry chicken, savory raita, dal and some garbanzo beans with dill): "The food was great. I liked the homemade yogurt the most. We tried a ton of recipes that our mom made because she's doing a book. It was fun. I felt refreshing after dinner. She said if we finish our rice and chicken we could get a gumball. We ended up getting two - it was funny. I didn't like the dal that much but the chicken and rice were sooo good I could eat it all day but I was so full."
Mom's Take on The Dinner Project: Today was much easier than yesterday. The girls ate faster and seem to be more interested in trying my recipes. I do think I'm going back to basics with them. I'm only giving them a tablespoon of the new dals (curried lentils) at a time. This way they try it but never feel overwhelmed with everything on their plate. Even if Neha says she doesn't like something my goal is to get her to eat a spoon and then circle it back into her dinner menu a week or so later. Aria is no problem. She ate two huge bowls of dal tonight! And she's an amazing taste tester!