Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Apple Dal!

I'm back.. Missed you all for 2 weeks and I'm sure I would have missed reading some fabulous recipes too! We came back last weekend from our 10 day cruise trip to the Carribean Islands. We were a group of 17 people and we had a blast! Friends, I have to tell you.. If you have not done a cruise vacation, do it! Its worth. A very different experience and we all had a great time! It was a mega-ship and we got a room with a balcony. The ocean views and sunset views were just fabulous! What's more appealing is that unlimited top-notch cuisine that was served all day (included in your fare). The food was exceptional and we also were lucky enough to have some fabulous Indian dinner every night due to our speical request.

It was a REAL vacation as we didn't' have to worry about anything and the cruise ship had it all - comfy rooms, plenty of food, pools, casino, movie theater, spa, gym, disco, shopping, library - you name it. Its just like a floating 5 star hotel. Life on the ship is all about being pampered, entertained, fed by culinary yummers at all hours with spectacular desserts. Those were the best desserts I've ever tasted! We docked at a few islands like Bermudas, Peurtorico and enjoyed swimming and snorkeling in those beautiful beaches too! The weather was hot and sunny in every port- but getting into the water made it better, water was perfect! I can't think of anything that I disliked about the cruise except my lousy Rammi playing.. ha ha.. But overall, we had a great time!

Well, its hard to get back to the same old routine after a good break.. But you know what? I'm re-charged completely after reading all your wonderful comments, a few tags and awards waiting in my blog while I was gone and I can't wait to get back to my blogging as well as read thru all your posts. Thank you all for your wishes and great words. Alright, here I am with another of my favorite recipe. After we came back, we sure did have the craving for some home-made comfort food. Nothing can beat that! After doing some basic grocery shopping, I decided to make some quick comfort food yesterday. Apple dal is one of our favorite dal recipes and a very simple recipe too. I make this whenever I need a simple but different dal recipe or whenever I have some extra apples. I like the taste of the sweet and tangy apple mixed with spices. Goes well with rice as well as rotis. Hope you all like it too.

Ingredients:

  • Green Apple - 1
  • Cooked Toor Dal - 1.5 cup
  • Onion - 1 medium
  • G.Chillies - 2
  • Tomato - 1 medium
  • Sambar Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard and Cumin seeds - 1 tsp each
  • Asaefotida/Hing - 2 pinches
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Corriander and Curry leaves - a few.

Procedure:

  • Peel and dice the apples into 1 inch cubes and soak in water and the lemon juice atleast for 15 mins.
  • Puree the tomatoes. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, season with mustard, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Add the chopped onions, curry leaves and g.chillies and fry for a few mins.
  • Add sambar powder and tomato puree and let it boil for 5 mins in medium heat.
  • Then add the apples, cooked tuvar dal and salt with some water and simmer for 10 more mins or until the apples are soft. Mash the mixture slightly.
  • Add corriander leaves, mix and remove from heat.

We enjoy it with plain rice. I make it a little spicier since we always have it with rice.

25 comments:

Cham said...

Sounds lots of fun the cruise, we should plan it :)
Aplle and dhal girl seems u r fully recharge to come up with something interesting :) Love sweet and spice together, delicous!

SriLekha said...

hi suji! welcome to blog world again! apple dhal is a new recipe for me! thanks for sharing! am able to understand from ur words how u enjoyed ur cruise trip! that's great yar!

Priti said...

U had fun gal...gud to know that :)..I never heard to seen apple dal, looking real interesting...worth a try I guess..

Kitchen Flavours said...

From the words written i can guess how much it could have been to u on the vacation and in the cruise. Apple dal wow never had this before.

Laavanya said...

Good to have you back!
My husband has been wanting to go on a cruise for very long... Sounds like you had a fabulous trip. Going with a bunch of friends must've made it all the more special.
I saw apple dhal on another blog and found it very intriguing - looks awesome.

Ramya Bala said...

wow,ur writing shows how much u enjoyed!dialog ok...pics enga?post some of them soon...u have ,come out with a bang!Apple dhal is completely innovative and would tempt everybody including me to try.Thanks for the recipe dear...

Sangeeth said...

great recipe yaar...hope u had loads of fun in the cruise...

Mona said...

Good to know that you had lots of fun!
Adding Apple to dal for tartness is a good idea! Will try it.

Uma said...

wow, you sure had a blast! You're tempting me to go on the cruise with your beautiful description! And you are back with a wonderful dal that looks divine. Good to see you back Sujatha!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi...
Nice to hear that u had a lovely time in the cruise. Seems u have rocked for 2 weeks. Great!

Apple dal sounds so different. Looks good. YUM!

ANJALI J. said...

Never heard of this combo.. im sure it tastes good.. will try it very soon.

kamalagk said...

Never heard of this combo Sujatha..So tempting

Lavi said...

Sujatha..Great to hear about your trip..I used to think, what to cook with apple's...certainly this is going to be a keeper recipe for me..

Bhawana said...

wow this is a new recipe for me. will try soon made a note of it. it is looking very tempting. nice pic.

Divya Vikram said...

Sounds great to hear about your trip.Eager to go on a cruise..And apple n dhall a unique combo..Will try it soon..

SriLekha said...

an award waiting for u in my blog!

delhibelle said...

that is one unique & yum dal..slurpp
your red curry is still calling out to me..need to make it soon:)

Suma Rajesh said...

sounds great and luved ht colour so much

Illatharasi said...

So you have come back with a bang;)

Apple with dal, must have tasted great... can imagine the taste of it:)

meeso said...

What a nice vacation! The Apple Dal sounds really interesting and delicious :)

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

glad that u had a lovely vacation. apple dal, a new dish to me. the pic looks really nice. got to give it a try ..

notyet100 said...

glad to knw u had a blast,..;-)apple dal looks yum...happy janmashtami,..how was thecelebration/?

UjjU said...

This is something I've never heard of! Nyway thanks for sharing this innovative recipe. I shall surely try it out & let you know how mine turned out to be.

UjjU said...

Yes really enjoyed it! It turned out really yummy.

Sujatha said...

Great to know that it turned out well Ujju! Hope you all liked it.. :)