Archive for October, 2009


Toor Dal

Toor Dal - uncooked


As I always say, dal is one of the main items on our everyday menu. We are strict vegetarians. Growing up on the Cauvery, bringing eggs into the home was unheard off and forget talking about fish or meat! Only vegetable sellers would come near our homes. Meat markets were far away from our homes.

Dal gives us protein. There are many different dals which can be prepared in various ways. This dal recipe uses Toor dal (also called Toovar Dal). All the dals can be cooked on the stove or in the pressure cooker. You can choose which method to use depending on what you want to do.  Today we will use the stove method.


Turmeric root and powder

Turmeric - a spice for health and taste


A quick note on Tumeric -which you will see in this recipe and many others on this blog. Turmeric is an auspicious spice for us as well used in our cooking. None of our spiritual functions start without turmeric. These events can be anything from bringing home a baby from the hospital, naming the child ceremony, coming of age ceremony for both boys and girls, birthdays and weddings. We use the turmeric root (more…)


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