Did you notice the cute wooden spoon, aren't you in love. Well, got it as a gift from my mother, I think dad had got this from his travels or maybe some one gifted us this spoon. It is over 30 years old. It is a typical Russian wooden spoon, with so called Khokhloma pattern (red and gold and black), made in Khokhloma village. Hand painted and hand crafted and it's not just a handicraft but can be used. I really did not know
Before I forget, thanks for all the encouraging comments on my previous post. I think am going to go back and start taking my sketching seriously.
I used home grown tomatoes, it did add to the flavor and made it extra special.
1 cup masoor/red lentil
1 big onion finely chopped
1 medium tomato finely chopped
1/2 cup blanched spinach
1 inch ginger root
1-2 garlic clove ( optional)
2 green chillies slit
2 red chili (dry)
2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin/jeera
1/2 tsp shahi jeera/imperial cumin
1/2 tsp kasturi methi
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp amchur / dried mango powder
1/2 tsp jeera/cumin powder ( roast the cumin, let it cool and powder)
salt to taste
juice of half lime
cilantro finely chopped
Wash the dal, cook using a pressure cooker or just add 3cups of water for 1 cup dal, add a pinch of turmeric, and cook over medium-low for 20 min or till the dal is cooked. If you want enhanced flavors, cook it in a crockpot/slow cooker for about 3-4 hours. When you cook in a slow cooker, first add the lentil n turmeric, after an hour of cooking add the roasted masala (gravy) and salt and let it cook for another 2 hours or less.
In a cast iron saucepan, heat the ghee, add cumin and shahi jeera, add kasturi methi and onion, roast till golden brown, add tomatoes, cook. Add the spinach, the daal, garam masala, amchur, turmeric, cumin powder, salt, lime juice. Bring to a boil.
Garnish with cilantro and some cherry tomatoes, cut in half. Serve hot with some cumin rice.