While I was listening to Surah Al-Baqarah on my drive to the office a couple of days ago, in the portion where Allah describes the creation of mankind (from verse 30), this one verse always entices me:
“They (the angels) said, “Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise.” (Surah Al-Baqarah:32)
This is what the angels replied when Allah asked them to name certain things that He showed, which then our father Adam (AS) went on to answer, with the permission and information received from Him. What I love about this verse is how humble they are about themselves and how they are fully submissive to His Will. Definitely, angels are the most submissive of His Creations, who only perform as per His instructions. Whereas, He has created us with a clear mind to think and decide on what we can do. Yet, with the brain that He gave us, we choose to ignore Him and follow our desires to go about with our life. As I was hearing the verse, I asked myself, why do we find it difficult to have the same level of acceptance as the angels? He has not created us that way, but in this statement, there is a lesson for us to be content with whatever we have and to be positive about His will…
Being on a vegan diet means that I am cooking lots of lentils and legumes these days. The kids are getting a bit frustrated but I am surprised with the level of support I am receiving from HD, as he says he feels “lighter”. At the same time, I know that he has his share of chicken biriyani whenever he gets a chance to, so the meals at night are just to make him balance! 😉 I saw this recipe of mixed daals in a Vanitha magazine that I had lugged along last time from my vacation. What really attracted me more than the use of multi-lentils, was that there is zero oil in this recipe! I am not joking… the onion cooks in its juices that comes by adding a little salt, so you need to keep sauteing it, but that is not a problem when you don’t have to use oil right. At the end, when the curry is ready, you don’t even seem to miss the oil at all! It is a quick and comforting meal that comes together in very little time and can be had as soup if you are in no mood to make some chapathis! 😉
- 2 tbsp masoor dal
- 2 tbsp urad dal
- 2 tbsp tur dal
- 2 tbsp moong dal
- 2 tbsp chana dal
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 onion, minced
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tomato, chopped small
- Salt to taste
- ¼ cup yogurt
- ½ tsp garam masala powder
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander
- Wash all the dals and soak in water for an hour. Drain and set aside.
- In a pressure cooker, allow to dry and toast the cumin. Add the onion, put a little salt and continously saute till wilted.
- Add the drained lentils and mix well for a few minutes.
- Add a cup of water along with the turmeric, red chilli powder, tomato and salt and cook for three whistles on high. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
- Open the lid, add the yogurt and the garam masala and cook on simmer for a couple of minutes. Garnish with coriander and serve.