Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Microwave Lentil Recipe - Aloo dal

As mentioned in my rice recipe post, we are cooking with only a microwave as of late, because of this, and the lack of processed food even if we wanted it, I'm trying to be creative. <br>

Microwave lentils recipe

1.5 c washed lentils (tripled washed)
2 c water
1 tomato
2 garlic cloves
tsp salt
dash of red chili powder
dash of turmeric powder
Red onion to taste
diced potato
Extra water

Wash lentils. I used filtered water due to the water source here being suspect.
Cover with water.
Add salt
Add diced potato

Stir and microwave for 10 minutes

While microwaving, blend remaining items.

Pour blended mixture into bowl of lentils. Stir well. Use a little extra water to get the rest of the mixture out and add to lentils

Microwave for 5 minutes. Stir and check lentils. If soft, then enjoy! Otherwise, microwave 2 more minutes or to your liking. You can also add additional water to make this more as a "soup" and microwave for approximately 30 minutes total. Lentils will then "mush" into a soup upon stirring.

Here it is served. My kids asked for ketchup with it so I said "why not" and added it. It brought down the temperature as well so they could eat it right away, which they did, on the microwave rice I made  before this!

Microwave rice

We are currently in an apartment that has a stove but no gas, so our cooking options are limited. Luckily the microwave can double as a convection oven, so we have some options. However, we lack pots/pans so we're limited again to "big" Correlle serving bowls. Here is how I made rice in the microwave.
To make rice in the microwave, wash rice three times. I used filtered water, just in case, since I'm in India.

Make Microwave Rice

Add two parts water to the rinsed rice.
Toss with salt, lightly.
Microwave on high for 10 minutes.
Stir once.
Microwave for another 5 minutes.
Cover and allow water to absorb. Serve warm/hot. I served mine with dal, which I also made in the microwave.