Well, I got a lot done and am not even feeling exhausted…
- Woke up 7.30 am and wanted to go to the gym but had to supervise the cleaning and cooking in case the maids turned up early… Relaxed with a book, newspaper, Nescafe Vanilla Latte, True Blood, face pack, hair pack
- Cleaning and cooking started at 9.30 am. The plan was to cook dal bhaati. My native place is 3 hours from Rajasthan and I have grown up eating this dish at home… there are numerous dhabas also which serve it in Gujarat (close to Rajasthan). The bhaati is cooked on coals… in bhattis… at home we cooked in a special tandoor. I cooked it in a microwave today. For recipe scroll down
- Once KC woke up, we had b’fast and I headed to the gym. I do not understand the guy… how can someone complain of insomnia at night and sleep so much during the day.
- The AC was not working in the gym… there were only 3 of us working out which was a change ‘coz peak hours are packed with people on all instruments… there was 1 instructor only… I was sneaking out after an hour of cardio and he stopped me… I had the shame to do my leg work outs for another 15 mins
- After grocery shopping, lunch, a bath which ended with cold water (geyser does not work during power back up… my electricity woes are going to start)… I am now relaxing in the lounge type room. It is not cold but it is cool… I cannot sit on the bare cold floor without a mat… just finished reading latest part of Diary of a wimpy kid and will pick up part 2 of True Blood now.
I will begin with recipes for jam filled muffins which I have taken from Anita’s blog
(http://sliceofmylyfe.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/muffin-monday-jam-filled-muffins/). Ok… not posting it here… you can hop onto the link for the recipe. Having some issues with the font color.
I baked around 4 muffins- 4 with jam and 3 without jam. The ones without jam taste less sweet… I guess you need to increase the sugar measurement if not using jam. Just stick to the jam.
And here is the recipe for dal bhati:
Bhati- nos 7 small ones
- Add 1.5 cups flour (regular one), lots of oil (triple the quantity you would use when making regular chapattis), some salt and little haldi. Knead the dough with little water. It has to be very, very hard… as hard as you can make it. Make flat oval shapes (you can even make round ones)
- Boil water in a big vessel. Put the bhatis in them. They will be done once they come on top. It takes around 10-15 mins. Ensure that the water completely covers the bhatis
- You can either cook them in a tandoor (available everywhere) for 10-15 mins. Heat a tandoor, put the bhattis on the grill, cook covered. Once the top becomes firm and brown, turn and cook the other side till they also become brown
- For microwave, mine has an automatic setting and cooked in 15 mins. For others, I guess the convention mode will have to be used. Put bhattis on a tava, place tava on high grill and cook on high for 7-8 mins. Turn the bhattis and cook for another 7-8 mins
Dal (serves 3-4 people)
- Boil 1/4 cup tuvar dal, 1/4 cup urad dal and 1/2 cup moong chilke wali dal. The idea is to use 3 types of dal in this ratio
- Crush the dal once boiled. Add the water leftover from boiling bhattis (why throw away nutrients?)
- Add 1 chopped tomato, salt, green chillies, salt. Boil
- In another pan, heat oil. Add jeera, hing, 1 small chopped onion, red chilli powder, haldi.
- Add the mixture to the dal and let it boil
- After 5 mins add nimbu/tamarind paste
Serve the bhattis with ghee.
Years ago, some guests were invited to our house for dinner. They brought their relatives along who had just come from Australia to visit. We were not aware extra people were coming (Indian culture!!!). Mom had cooked dal bhatti. There were 2 NRI kids who did not know how to eat it. They were dipping the bhattis in dal and having it. It was quite funny. We taught them to crush the bhatti, pour ghee over it, dunk dal on top, mix it well and then eat.
Disclaimer- There are many, many recipes for bhatti and dal. I don’t know how genuine this one… this is how my mom makes it and its good enough for me.