Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Simple dinners and gourmet chocolates...

I am having a pretty eventful Feb, what with our anniversary and Valentine's day and friend's visiting and trip to Napa. Ever since my India trip and all the sickness, I am more and more inclined to very simple dinners during weekdays and I avoid eating out too much. Not sure if these recipes are exciting but they are surely very simple and comforting.

Moong dal:


  1. Two cups moong dal, soaked overnight
  2. One small onion, chopped fine
  3. One tomato, chopped
  4. Oil - 1 tsp
  5. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  6. Jeera - 1 tsp
  7. Curry leaves - 5
  8. Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  9. Goda masala - 1/2 tsp
  10. Salt
  1. Take a pressure pan and heat the oil. Add the mustard, curry leaves and jeera and let it sputter.
  2. Add the onions and tomatoes and sautee until soft.
  3. Add the soaked moong dal, chilli powder, goda masala, salt and pressure cook for two whistles.

Pumpkin Sabji:

  1. 2 cups of chopped yellow pumpkin
  2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. Green chillies - 4/5 chopped fine
  4. Jeera - 1 tsp
  5. Salt
  1. HEat the oil in a pan and add the jeera and green chillies.
  2. Once the jeera turns dark brown, add the pumpkin and salt and cook until soft. This is a simple yet tasty recipe and goes well with rotis.

We stopped by a place called bittersweet chocolate cafe and it had an amazing variety of chocolates from all over the world. I got my hands on a few, thanks to my hubby's generosity on Valentines day.

I also tasted the best coffee I have had in recent times at the same place and the latte art there just made my day:)

Going forward I will be adding tidbits of my life to each post as the recipe blogging is getting kinda monotonous:)


Asha said...

Hey, that's what husbands are for, pamper you! :)

Smita said...

thats true:)

Sindhu said...

Coffee looks yumm and I want a bite of those chocolates !!!

I am all for simple food on weekdays, weekends are always there to eat junk :-)