Saturday, March 5, 2011

Zucchini and chana dal sabzi

       I looked into my fridge and found one zucchini staring back at me.Was wondering what to cook with it for the three of us which is nice.My tongue was dying for some different taste of zucchini.One thing led to the other and soon I made this preparation which was relished by us with hot rotis.It has the goodness of green vegetable and the proteins from lentils.I also make it with gravy and serve it with rice.
Zucchini chopped into1cm cubes                                 1 no
Horse gram(chana dal) soaked                                    3/4 cup
Chopped onions large                                                 1 no
chopped tomatoes                                                      3 nos
chopped garlic                                                           1 tbsp
chilli powder                                                              1/2 tsp
coriander powder                                                       2 tsp
tumeric powder                                                          1/2 tsp
bay leaf                                                                      1 no
oil                                                                              1 tbsp
cumin seeds                                                               1 tsp
garam masala/hot spice                                              1/2 tsp
hing                                                                           1/4 tsp
Amchur powder/lime juice                                         1 tsp
salt to taste                                                                                                
Heat oil in a pan.Add cumin and hing and let them crackle.
Drop in garlic and let them get golden.Put in onions and let them get brown.
Add the tomatoes and salt and cook till a bit soft.
Put in the lentils without the water.Turn them and add about 1/2 cup water and cover to cook.
When half cooked, add the spices and saute.Now add the chopped Zucchini.Mix well and cover to cook.
Turn them now and then and make sure it does not get burnt.
Make sure the lentils and vegetable does not get mushy and the vegetables has no water left.Add the amchur powder and mix.Serve with hot rotis.

You can also put water in it and make it into a curry which you can eat it with rice.Just make it a little more cooked and the lentils need to be a bit mushy.

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