Well well…

Now how long has it been- a month since my last post! Time really flies- after a whirlwind of September and what looked like a torrential start to October, I was hoping to get back to regular blogging but of course ” man proposes…”. So here I am partially back and unable to eat much due to the removal of not much, just 5 of my teeth. Did I ever mention- I hate dentists!
I wanted to start this series this past week – “On my plate” to give y’all a glimpse of what cooks at chez moi everyday. But right now have encountered a bit of a setback with my dental surgery.
On my plate tonight- a salad with red leaf lettuce and pears, an omlette and simple dal chaval. 

Rachel Ray’s 4 star salad, source here 
1 lemon, juiced 
3 tablespoons olive oil 
2 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped 
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 
3 small pears (the smaller variety, I forget their name)
1 tablespoons dried thyme
1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves 
Salt and pepper

Place the lemon juice in the bottom of a bowl and whisk in oil. Add lettuce, onions, pear, thyme and mint to the bowl and toss. Season the salad with salt and pepper, toss again, taste to adjust seasonings and serve.

Minimalistic masoor dal
1 cup masoor dal
a pinch of turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
For tadka
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
a handful of curry leaves
about 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
green chilli, split
Cook the masoor dal with turmeric, salt and pepper (I pressure cooked it). While the pressure cooker is cooling, prepare your tadka- heat a pan with oil in it. Once oil is hot add, the mustard and cumin seeds. After the seeds splatter, add the curry leaves, ginger and a split green chilli. Add the dal the tadka along with some water to thin it out (I love my dal thin!) and let it come to a boil. That is it- you are done!
Minimalistic Omlette
2 eggs (one egg yolk plus two whites)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne pepper 
Beat everything together, and cook in a pan with a little bit of oil.

Now I am not sure if the guest was impressed but I sure was- I mean I cannot believe that I came home from cook and gathered all my enthusiasm to cook this simple, healthy yet flavorful dinner. Mm..mm..mmm…

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