~ Daal Baati!!

Daal Baati is a famous Rajasthani dish, one that scared me for a long time. You see, making it looks very tedious and tiring, but in reality it isn’t! The first I decide to make this yummy dish, was thanks to 2 of my very close friends making it for me and telling me that it wasn’t rocket science. So a little bit of googling and mixing recipes and trying it out a handful number of times, here’s my take on making Daal Baati, so read along.

Ingredients:

For the Baatis:

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon semolina
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 pinch salt

For the Dal:

  • 1/4 cup green moong dal
  • 1/4 cup toor daal
  • 1 tablespoon urad dal
  • 1/4 cup chana dal
  • 1/2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander leaves
  • 1/4 inch ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 cup water

Preparation:

For the Baatis:

Take a bowl, and all the flour, rawa, salt and ghee. Using your hands, knead a very stiff dough with warm water. Shape the dough in small balls and lightly press to make an oval kinda flattened ball.

Place them on a lined baking tray in the pre-heated oven and bake raw Batis at 375 F until bottom surface turns light brown. It usually takes around 12-15 minutes. Take it out from the oven and flip each Bati upside-down to cook the other surface. Place baking tray in oven again and bake for another 10-12 minutes. Now, take the tray out from the oven and when they are cool enough to handle, crush them slightly and pour some Ghee before serving. Serve hot!

For the Dal:

There are 2 steps in preparing the Daal. Firstly wask all the dals together and add 1 cup water and a pinch of turmeric. Pressure cook the dals till 2 whistles. Allow the cooker to cool.

Now, mix all the spices in 1/2 cup of warm water to make a think paste. Put ghee in a pan over medium heat and add cumin and coriander seeds to it. Once they splutter, add ginger, followed by the spice paste. Fry for a minute and add this to the cooled down daal. To get some extra kick to it, you can also add dried red chillies before adding the cumin and coriander seeds.

Once you have combined the cooked paste with the cooled down Daal (no cool-cool, just pressure released cool) add the remaining water and stir well. Bring it to a boil and for that extra twist – add lemon juice to it and more salt if your taste needs some more. Garnish this with chopped coriander and serve with fresh hot out of the oven baatis.

Enjoy!!

Let me know how you liked them…

Until next time, stay hungry!

~30 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS

As a working mom, sometimes I feel like there is not time in my day to do somethings I really want to accomplish. The other day I was just sitting chit chatting with the hubby and he said, make a list of things you can do in 5 minute or less, this way you’ll be able to squeeze in somethings you really want to get done – so I did just that and trust me, it’s a wonderful idea!

Now when I want to take a quick break in the middle of other tasks, I go ahead and do a couple of things from this list, depending on how much time I have. It really makes me feel accomplished and hence in turn motivated!

So here’s just a couple of things I threw together in the list, in no particular order:

  1. Return emails
  2. Do Alom-Vilom (meditate)
  3. Read a few pages in a book
  4. Water the plants
  5. Change flower water/feed flowers
  6. Make a smoothie
  7. Clean the counter-tops
  8. Do some ab workouts
  9. Make a grocery list
  10. Put on some music and dance around
  11. Go outside and check the mail
  12. Watch a short YouTube video
  13. Make a to do list for tomorrow
  14. Go through an old blog post and update tags/categories
  15. Just sit outside and take in the fresh air
  16. Call your mom/dad/friend and say hi
  17. Write a note to send to a friend
  18. Clean your everyday jewelry
  19. Clean up your nightstand/sink
  20. Put things away that are out
  21. Hang up clothes
  22. Turn on the news and see what’s going on
  23. Insta stalk folks!
  24. Come up with a few blog post ideas
  25. Go outside and walk around for 5 minutes
  26. Put on a face mask (then take another 5 minutes later to wash it off)
  27. Try a new quick hairstyle
  28. Clean out the photos in your phone – delete crap you don’t need or maybe just wipe it down!
  29. Clean out a kitchen junk drawer or just wash a few dishes or load the dishwasher
  30. Eat some chocolate – because YOU deserve it!

I hope you enjoyed these 30 things you can do in 5 minutes or actually maybe even less! I would love to know what things you would add to this list! I always need more ideas!

Have you read my ~ 25 things you can accomplish in 10 minutes…