Rasha, Azza and I move out of our house. As I close the door:
Rasha: “Ummi, did you say the prayer while getting out of the house?”
She then starts reciting it – I’m amazed how quickly they learn them from their madrassas, whereas when we slog like mad, they refuse to enter their head!
Azza: *perplexed* Hehe…
As I enter the washroom to give Azza her morning chores:
Rasha: “Ummi, you didn’t say the prayer for entering the toilet!”
Me: “No darling, I said it in my mind.” *Smiles*
Rasha does not look convinced as such! 🙂
As we have our dinner:
Rasha: *looking sad*
Me: “What happened, dear?”
Rasha: “I forgot to say ‘Bismillah’ when I started eating. *thinks* but I can say ‘Bismillah Awwaluhu waAakhiruhu, right?” *smiles in anticipation*
Me: “Yes, you can…” *smiles back*
No wonder why kids are always called as ‘angels’… 🙂 🙂
Lentils very rarely feature on our menu at home. Somehow, nobody except me and the kids are interested in having lentils for dinner. I feel that on a lazy day, a bowl of lentils and a couple of chapathis to dip is one of the best comfort meals that you can ever have. I don’t know how many of you would agree to that. On days when I am assured that the men in the house may not have dinner at home, a bowl of lentil curry suddenly makes its way from the kitchen to our tables in less than 30 minutes. Once the chapathis are over, I find myself licking the pan to the core! 😉 The easiest dal of course is masoor or the red lentil, so we always have one big jar of it in stock at any time. Off to the way I cook my dal curry with masoor…
- ¾ cup masoor dal, cooked with sufficient water and ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- 1 meduim onion, thinly sliced
- 1 meduim tomato, chopped
- ½ tsp ginger paste
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- ½ tbsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- ¼ tsp garam masala powder
- Salt to taste
- Heats a saucepan with the oil. Splutter cumin seeds.
- Add the onion and saute till soft.
- Add the tomato and saute till mashed up.
- Now add the ginger garlic pastes and cook till the raw smell is gone.
- Add the coriander, turmeric and red chilli powders and cook till a nice aroma wafts in the kitchen.
- Now add the cooked masoor dal to this masala and give it a nice stir.
- Cook on low flame on simmer for around 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle in the garam masala powder and adjust the salt.
- Serve garnished with curry leaves or coriander leaves, as desired...