From: J. - Toronto, Canada
This is a variation on a recipe that I found in a collection of
clipped recipes from 'Femina' backissues that my mom had compiled
for me.What made me scrounge through old feminas you say? well this:
the sight of the two oranges langusihing on my table for about a
week that I knew I would never eat.
Its perfect for cold winter evenings when you want a fun way to
get your vit c quota particularly if you're a spoiled brat of an
east indian kid used to mom or grandmom's homecooked meals with
the freshest of ingredients.
- Lentils-1 cup
- fresh ginger root (slivered)- one inch
- Green chillies- 4 recommended but can be varied depending on
- Oranges- 2
- Lime/lemon- 1 half
- Mustard seeds- 1tsp
- Cumin seeds- 1tsp
- Asafoetida- a pinch (optional)
- Turmeric powder- a pinch
- Salt to taste
- sugar- a pinch
- Veg Oil/butter- 1 tsp
In a saucepan, heat the oil/ butter.
Throw in the mustard and cumin seeds.
When they start to splutter throw in the ginger root and the green
Once they're sautéed, (probably takes less than a minute),
throw in the lentils and the turmeric powder along with sufficient
amount of water let it cook well.
While the lentils are boiling, juice 1 and half oranges keeping
the segments of the "unjuiced" portion to use as garnish.
If you don't care for having orange segments as garnish, juice all
Once the lentils are cooked to a mash consistency, the O.J, squeeze
half of the lemon; add salt and a dash of sugar.
Garnish with Coriander leaves and the orange segments.
Serve hot either by itself or with freshly cooked basmati Rice
Lentils-I used masoor because I was ravenous and they cook super
fast but Toor or split moong should work equally well. Quantities
of just about everything from the chillies to the ginger to the
salt and sugar can be varied to suit individual palates. Add more
dhal and less water if you like it thick. Less dhal and more water
if you like it watery. for an interesting and exotic variation,
some Coconut milk can be added at the end along with the OJ and
the lime juice.
That's the great thing about cooking. You can be as creative as