In this first attempt at exchanging meals, my classmate and I did a nice cross cultural thing with me making him Dal Makhani with Rice and him returning the favour with a blow-your-mind BLT sandwich.
“So is this the Indian version of stew?” I was asked, and the answer is mostly Yes. Dal is a stew but it is also very much like a soup.
Dal Makhani specifically is a very popular Punjabi-Indian dish made out of split lentils and beans and eaten either with Roti, Naan or Rice.The word ‘Makhani’ specifically comes from the word ‘Makhan’ which means cream or butter, and let me tell you, this Dal has plenty!
Below are recipes for both Dal Makhani and BLT sandwiches. Take your pic, or better still, try both! Bonn Appetite!
P.S: Don’t mind my cutting corners, but this is the best I could do in the hostel. I can assure you, though, that there was no compromise on the yummy-ness.
Dal Makhani (serves 4)
What you need:
1 cup dried red kidney beans
1 cup whole black lentils
2 medium sized red onions, finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, mashed into paste
1 inch of ginger, peeled and mashed into paste
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp butter or fresh cream
1 inch cinammon
1 or 2 pods of cardamom
1 bay leaf
1 tsp garam masala
2 or 3 cloves
2 or 3 dried black-pepper seeds
2 tbsp oil
coriander leaves for garnish
2 cups water
What to do:
Soak the beans and lentils overnight so they’re softer and easier to cook.
On a high flame, heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Once the oil is heated, lower the flame to medium. Add the garam masala, bay leaf, pepper, cinammon, cloves and cardamom. Saute for about 3o seconds. Now add the ginger and garlic. Saute until golden brown. Now add the chopped onions and saute for another minute or two.
Once the above mixture has started to form a nice mass, add the tomato puree. Cook for a few minutes till it all comes together well.
Now add the lentils and beans along with the water and stir. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and let it cook for about 20 mins till the lentils and beans are cooked. At this stage, add the milk and boil.
Before serving, add the dulop of cream or butter and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot!
Note: If you dont have a pressure cooker, you can follow the same procedure, except you’ll have to cover the pan with a lid and let it boil for longer so the lentils and beans are cooked.
So thats Dal Makhani. Now, the BLT.
BLT (Bacon Lettuce and Tomato) Sandwich (for 1)
What you need:
2 medium slices of tomato
1 tsp of mayonnaise (go crazy if you love it)
2 slices of white bread
2 leaves of lettuce
2 to 3 bacon strips
1 tsp of oil
What to do:
Heat the oil in a pan. Now put in the bacon slices and lightly fry. You can fry it for longer if you like it a bit crunchy.
While you’re doing that, put in the slices of bread for toasting. Make sure that its medium, so you don’t end up with toast.
Spread the Mayo on the warm slices of bread and put a leaf of lettuce on each. On top of that, put the bacon and finally, top it with the tomato slices.