Thursday, September 6, 2007

My simple lunch today

Usually for lunch I always have some leftovers from the previous night and I just have to make chappati or rice to go with it.
But at times there are no leftovers or there are days when I feel like making something fresh and simple, even though its for me alone.
Today was one such day!
I decided to make a Gujrati Lunch.
So I made 'Gobhi Sambharo' i.e.cabbage vegetable and 'Gujrati Dal' to go with it.
When I was in school, I often visited my Aunt to spend my vacations with my cousins.
And they were in Gujrat. I enjoyed the train journey from Bombay to Gujrat as much as the stay there. My aunt would make all types of gujrati dishes and farsans like sev tomato, Undhiyo, Carrot sambharo, Khaman Dhoklas, Dhabheli, Kachoris and the list is really endless.Though I was not much interested in cooking then, but I did help her in the kitchen often. And so now I try to recreate those dishes in my way for my family and remember those times!

For the Cabbage Vegetable-

1 small head of cabbage, chopped
2 Green Chillies, slit
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Asafoetida(Hing)
1/2 tsp Turmeric Pwdr
1 tsp Coriander-cumin Pwdr
Salt to taste
Cilantro to garnish
A pinch of Sugar
Juice of half a lime.


Heat 2 tbsps of oil in a pan.
Splutter mustard seeds.
Add hing and green chillies.
Put in the chopped cabbage.
Cover and let it simmer till the cabbage is half done.
Keep stirring in between so as it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
Then add the coriander-cumin pwdr, salt, sugar, turmeric and mix well.
Cook for a little bit more timetaking care that the cabbage a still crunchy and not over cooked.
Garnish it with cilantro and lime juice.

For making the Dal-

1 cup Yellow Lentils(Toor Daal)
2 Tomatoes, chopped
1 green chilli, chopped
5-6 Curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Asafoetida(Hing)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp red chilli pwdr
Salt to taste
Sugar, a pinch or more according to your taste
Juice of half a lime
Cilantro to garnish


Pressure cook the dal in 2 cups of water till its done.
Then mash it with a wooden churner or hand blender.
Heat oil in a pan.
Splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
Add the curry leaves,hing, tomatoes and green chillies.
Saute for a while.
Then add turmeric, red chilli pwdr, salt and sugar.
Put in the mashed dal.
Mix well.
Add water for the desired consistency and let it boil well.
Garnish it with cilantro and lemon juice in the end.

I had my dal and vegetable with chappatis for a nice, simple and satisfying lunch!


Sirisha Kilambi said...

Neelam,I call the dal u make as 'Tadka dal' and when u mentioned gobhi...I thought it would cauliflower....:-)
Nice recipe......That would be a satisfying lunch indeed :-)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Neelam nice lunch.....simple and filling....Good for health....nice recipe...

Rajitha said...

neelam..simple and easy..that is what easy weekday lunches and dinners should be

archana said...

My favorite cuisine Gujju recipes. I love this dal :)Nice simple menu :)

Neelam said...

Thanks Sirisha. It sure is a satisfying meal.

Hi Sukanya, Thanks.

Ya Rajitha I agree with you!

We love it too, Archana, Thanks.

Suganya said...

Even though it is not so motivating to cook for one, it feels better once you sit down to have lunch. Love yr plate.

Asha said...

Cabbage Palya and dal goes well together, looks like a yummy plate of lunch to me!:)

TBC said...

A wholesome meal for one:-)
Simple & satisfying.

Neelam said...

Ya Suganya, you r right.

Thank you Asha.

Yes tbc, Thanks.

Kajal said...

I always love cabbage simple curry...Dal looks yummy.....this plate make me hunger my dear.......Thanks for your lovely and charming words.:)

Neelam said...

Thanks to you too,kajal.

Sharmi said...

your simple lunch sounds elegant and filling.

Neelam said...

Thank you sharmi for your kind words.