Monday, September 28, 2009
That was horrible. Don't ever let me title a blog post like that again. Seriously.
Day 2 of No Grocery Shopping: Leftover Dal Makhni! The best thing about this? I didn't have to make it!
HD made this Saturday night. I think. Might have been Friday. Who can remember these things? All I know is, Indian food is like Italian food in that it's even better left over. Dal is lentils, and this dish is basically stewed yellow lentils with spices (turmeric, garam masala, mustard seeds) and random vegetables we had in the freezer (green beans, sweet corn, pepper medley). Nom nom nom.
The little round tortilla-looking thing next to it is aloo paratha, which is also awesome. We buy them in packs of four at the Indian store. In Hindi, aloo means potato. Paratha are kind of like a tortilla, but they're layered, so they're extra decadent and carby. Especially when you mash up that potato and stuff it inside. And use that to eat the curry. Excellent cold weather food.
Anyway, since I am not the dal master, I can't post the recipe. People, that's what YouTube is for. Instead, I will share my Aunt Pam's recipe for banana bread, which I have enhanced a little with a secret ingredient.
Aunt Pam's Banana Bread
1 cup sugar (I use natural cane sugar, which isn't as sweet as refined sugar)
½ cup oil (I used olive oil because I didn't have canola oil. Totally worked)
2 eggs, beaten (I only had 1 egg, so I used 1/4 cup of applesauce. Again, totally worked)
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 ripe bananas, crushed (I used 4, for no reason other than I had 4 bananas)
½ cup nuts (I usually use chocolate chips instead of nuts, because that is awesome)
2 tsp vanilla (I used Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean paste)
1 heaping tsp. instant espresso (This is my secret ingredient)
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Mix in that order
3. Pour in loaf pan
4. Bake for 50 minutes-1 hour, until a knife comes out clean