Friday, January 29, 2010

just a friday night at home

tonight i got to play with some new "toys" and indulge in some cooking of amazing indian food.

i did laundry, cleaned house a bit, cooked, now sitting here with a bowl of kiwi, blueberries, and pineapple. gonna watch a movie before bed.

i am thinking that i could use some sewing tips for the beginner, but maybe i should wait until i have a table. any ideas on the best type of table to use? how about the chair? i don't want anything too modern/officey but i do want functional ...

the recipe i made is from the ayurvedic cookbook pictured here.

Quick and Easy Red Masoor Dal

1 cup dried red lentils (no soaking required)
3 cups water
1 tsp sea salt
pinch of hing (aka asofetida)
3 slices fresh ginger
1 fresh green chili, slit at end (i used a red one, it was all i could find)
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1 tsp tomato puree (optional ... um yeah what's THIS? i omitted it)
1/2 cup onions, minced
1/4 tsp turmeric
juice of 1/2 a lemon (that's 1 tbsp of lemon juice from a jar)
1/2 tsp gur or maple syrup
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (for garnish ... left this out)

In a large pot, combine all ingredients except turmeric, lemon juice, gur/syrup, and cilantro. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Skim off froth with a slotted spoon. Add turmeric, stir, and cook until done, about 20 minutes. You may add more water if dal seems too dry. Add lemon juice and gur/syrup, and stir to dissolve. Garnish with cilantro.

I served this with jasmine rice that had fenugreek seeds and curry powder mixed in. it was deeeeelish! :-)

one of the best sights ever ... look at those blue flames! :-)

hope you all have a nice weekend, filled with warmth, love ... and, in my case, SNOW!

credit card extra $$ jar

here's the view from my two bedroom dressers: (sorry heather it needs a frame!!)


  1. Love your loungeroom. Looks so cozy I'd never want to leave. That recipes sounds delicious.