Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Craving a basic meal

Am back and have a few holiday food pictures to share. But before I get to those - With over a week in Spain, we came back craving for some basic Indian food.. Dal-Rice!!

I made yellow dal and jeera rice the first night back. The second night (first day of work, a long day at that) we decided to have leftovers from the night before. However, I wanted something different and after racking my brains for a relatively quick and healthy add on, I had a eureka moment - how about Masala Papad??!!
The recipe/experiment is just from memory...memories of yummy masala papad served in indian restaurants.

Udad Papad
Red Chilli powder
Dhana Jeera powder
Spring Onion - finely chopped
Tomato - finely chopped
Coriander - finely chopped
Chaat Masala
Lime juice

Roast the Udad papad - I did it over a the gas burner flame though do know of some people who microwave so they get a absolutely flat papad. I never have much luck and prefer the traditional method. Then I made two versions -

First version - I sprinkled the onions, tomato, coriander, red chilli and dhana jeera powder over the roasted papad. Squeezed lime juice liberally over the mixture to add flavor. The juice soaks into the powdered masala ensuring that the powder does not fly into your eyes when you bite into the papad.

Umm...honestly, I meant to put the lime juice - forgot and there went the red chilli into V's eyes and the light clicked on - I had forgotten the lime juice!

Second version - I kept everything the same except, skipped the Tomato and added in chaat masala.

It sure made the meal a little different from the night before.


Sushama said...

welcome back from vacation. Hope it was exhilarating fun!!

Will check back later to see the pic of spain...can't wait to see them but can't stay longer here at this moment.

M&Ms... said...

Hi sush! It was fantastic...want to go back ;)
You've been awfully quiet on your blog..busy I guess!

Sushama said...

yeah been real busy lately and "busy" mess is here to stay for sometime...so will update whenever I can...
too much routine also kills u and I'm so blank i don't even remember what I thought I wanted to write...so I guess I endup not writing anything!!