Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Weekday Dinners

Weekday Dinner

As a working mom I frequently struggle with the challenge to get warm and fresh food ready on a daily basis . Over a period of time I learnt that I need to take help of food that is semi prepared . I was not a big fan of frozen food earlier but I have realized that frozen food is much better then eating out .So tonight's dinner is Methi dal and Aloo Panch poran sabji.
This literally took me less than 25 minutes to cook from start to finish and it was one tasty dinner

Methi Dal

Methi Dal

One of my favorite frozen food is Methi , there are a various ways frozen methi can be prepared .Methi ka parantha ,methi ka dal , aloo methi etc..
Methi dal can be made in a jiffy literally and tastes yummy and is very healthy too.

1 Frozen Methi
1 cup toor dal
1 tomato cut into small pieces
tamrind size of a quarter
juice of half a Lemon

For Thadka
1 tsp jeera
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
2-3 Red chilles
curry leaves
1 tbsp crushed ginger
2-3 garlic crushed

1. mix all the above ingredients in a vessel add water and salt and pressure cook until 3 whistles
2. once cooked mix well with a whisk
3. transfer dal into a pan and let it boil for 2 more minutes
4. you can add a tbsp of sambar powder for extra flavor
5. once the dal come to a boil add thadka and cook for 2 minutes and remove from the stove
6. add juice of 1/2 a lemon
serve hot with roti or rice

Aloo PanchPoran ki sabji

Panchporan is a very fragrant spice mostly used in Bengali cooking ,its made of 5 spices cumin seeds , fennel seeds , fenugreek seeds , nigella seeds and black mustard seeds or white mustard seeds. this comes pre made and is available in Indian groceries or can be made with equal amounts of the above 5 spices mentioned. This spice gives a unique taste of bitterness goes very well with potatoes

3 potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
1 tbsp dry kasoori methi /dry fenugreek leaves
2 big spoons of PanchPooran spice
1 tspn haldi
1 tspn R.chilli powder
1 tspn ginger garlic paste
salt according to taste

1. heat a tava when hot add 1 tbspn oil add kasori methi, ginger garlic paste, panch pooran and then add aloo ,add salt, R chili powder and haldi
2. add few table spoons of water and allow potatoes to cook closed
3. cook for 3 minutes stir and check for doneness .

Goes very well with roti as well as rice


trupti said...

Methi daal looks really good...! I do love Methi, even though I only get the frozen packs here. Aloo subzi looks great too.


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