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posted Sep 2, 2010, 8:27 AM by Saikat Ray   [ updated Sep 8, 2010, 1:18 PM ]

Take 1 cup (240 ml) plain yogurt. Add a pinch of salt, 3 heaping spoons of sugar, and about 2-3 teaspoon of rose water. Mix in blender.

Comes out amazingly tasty. The rose-water is essential.

Good Chholar Dal

posted Aug 22, 2010, 10:31 PM by Saikat Ray   [ updated Aug 22, 2010, 10:40 PM ]

Here is what I did.

1. Soak the dal for 3-4 hours. I soaked it at lunch time; by the time when I was ready to cook dinner, the dal was thoroughly soaked. You can chew the soaked dal.

2. Cook in pressure cooker with limited water, a bit of ginger paste, salt, sugar and turmeric. I have a Presto cooker (link: http://www.amazon.com/Presto-8-Quart-Stainless-Pressure-Cooker/dp/B0000Z6JIW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1282541757&sr=8-4). Unlike Indian pressure cookers, this cooker continuously emits steam when the steam is built up (i.e., no whistles). In addition, my stove has indirect heat (no flame). I wait for the steam to build up, and then stop the heat and let the cooker cool down by itself. The food gets cooked during the time the cooker cools.

3. Finally, heat Ghee (or oil), put some whole cumin (not powder) and Hing as sizzler, add the dal and put some grated coconut if you have any. Mix well.

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