Monday, April 20, 2009

Lisa's Moong and Tamarind Dal

"....they are also a wise choice if you are looking to shed a few pounds." This is what Lisa ends her post with this particular Dal recipe. And its true. Like I've mentioned before, I'm working on reducing my carb intake and this works perfectly for such a diet. Well, it actually did :) And to boot, I love tangy food. I love tamarind. I squeeze lemon in everything and try to use tamarind in every other thing I cook. When I saw, on Lisa's blog, this particular recipe, I knew it was a must-try. We bought Moong Dal for the first time and well, it was kept unused. Now, we are on an 'empty pantry and fridge' before we shop challenge every month. So, we found these and I made Lisa's Moong Dal and Tamarind way before this event came up. Since we are running out of time to try her scalloped potatoes - that is my dream recipe from Lisa's blog, we decided to post this for the Tried and Tasted: Lisa's kitchen hosted by Aparna this time around, a continuation of Zlamushka's admirable initiative! We just added some Sambar powder to add the extra spice to the Dal and its amazing how tasty it was. This is a keeper of a recipe, and a regular at home now. I've already made it thrice since :)



I also want to take the opportunity to say something about Lisa's blog. I'm amazed at the amount and frequency with which she churns out healthy Indian vegetarian food which does not involve chicken tikka or curry powder. I personally think this shows how open she is to other cultures, other cuisines. And I really admire her for making the effort with some very Indian ingredients. Her dishes are healthy, authentic and very local, just like most Indian food is. Thank you, Lisa, for opening my eyes to my own culture.

Also, thank you, Priya for the award. We love you too :)

P.S - A has bookmarked the Red Wine Biscotti! :) Only, since we don't drink, I don't know what he is going to do about the Red Wine ;)

37 comments:

Cham said...

The dhal with the hint of sambar powder, looks more authentic! So did u had like a soup without any carb?

Indhu said...

lovely recipe... dhals are the best, aren't they? can be cooked in a jiffy and very calorie-friendly!
love the picture! :)

Uma said...

dal looks so rich indeed! Nice recipe. Yum!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

delicious looking dhal.. nice pic.

Bharathy said...

Good recipe :)..a must try..!!

Prathibha said...

Dal looks yummy....

burpandslurp said...

what a nice humble post! I love it when other people open my eyes to my own culture, too.
the dahl looks so rich and flavorful...

Donna-FFW said...

Have never had dahl.. But I know it looks delicious!

Asha said...

Nice looking dal, yum. I have plans to cook one dal too from her next week. "Few" pounds to lose? I have truck load of pounds to shed! Hahahahha!!

Soma said...

LOL I made this last night:-) I used to make this moong, but without the ghee & the tamarind ( used lemon), but liked this version better. I cannot post it,since at dinner time i cannot take pics:-(

Looks good!

miss v said...

i love when dishes are easily healthy... without suffering on taste. and i love tangy too - this sounds great!

Pooja said...

Nice and rich dal...

AnuSriram said...

Looks fabulous! Delicious Recipe!

Lisa said...

Thank you for your kind words. I adore your blog and I'm flattered by your praise.

Aparna said...

Looks delicious, or should I say delectable? :)
Thanks for joing this edition oif T&T.

We don't drink either, but I've come back from my holiday fwith a recipe for home-made red wine! :D

Bianca said...

That looks amazing! I'm really craving Indian food now. Big time.

DEESHA said...

nice looking dal .. very comforting as well

Natashya said...

Looks healthy and delish, I love tamarind too. I was so happy to find that it came in a jar though, so much easier!

veggievixen said...

yum-o. can't wait to see what you cook up next! red wine biscotti?!?

Laavanya said...

I love tangy tastes too... and that dhal does sound absolutely delicious - nice pick from Lisa's blog.

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Vaishali said...

Sounds amazing, this dal.

Priya Sriram said...

Today I prepared Moong daal & Tamarind sambar too! :)
But this looks a little diff. Great click A&N! So glad to share the award with you guys! Thanks for the gesture! :)

Varsha Vipins said...

That looks great..:)

Sushma said...

same pinch, even I love tangy curries & also add more lemon juice :p
moong dal & tamarind dal is a must try., bookmarking it right away

aquadaze said...

adding sambhar powder is a great idea, will add it the enxt time I make moong dal. That picture is lovely

Elyse said...

Any recipe that helps out with the weight management thing, well, I'm a fan. This looks totally delicious. I love that it's low carb. Fabulous!

Vibaas said...

looks yum. i am waiting to see what you are going to substitute for wine as i dont use it too :)

Sands said...

Didn't know you had a foodie blog too. Looks yum. I see a lot of similarities between A & my OH :)

Bharti said...

Lovely, I'm trying to control carbs and up the protein as well..right up my alley.

Usha said...

The dhal looks awesome and cutting carbs and upping protein has really helped me with my weight loss.....great pictures !

Srivalli said...

Dal looks real tempting!...beautiful pictures down the blog..:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delectable! A flavorful dish!

Cheers,

Rosa

Deepa Hari said...

Dal looks rich and delicious....nice click.

A_and_N said...

Thanks a lot everyone :) It was fun going through Lisa's blog but making a selection was really tough!

@ Cham: Well it was a 'very low-carb' daal ;) These lentils do have some natural sugars.

@ Indhu: You hit it right on the money with 'calorie-friendly' :)

@ Soma: Taking pics is such a pain sometimes!

meeso said...

Nice link to another great blog :) I can never have too many good ones in my blogroll! This does look really delcious, also like things a little tangy!

zlamushka said...

Hi A&N,

Thanks a lot for participating in T&T April. I hope you had fun and will take up the challenge again this month :-)
Dal looks fantastic :-)