Back to our walk. Tonight we were thinking of ways to tackle our expanding mid-sections. DH was wondering if there was a way to do it without diet and exercise (see? told you so). I, being the voice of reason, said "no, of course not". Then we began plotting several ways of eating healthier and motivating ourselves to do regular stomach crunches. Our negotiations went something like this:
Me: From tomorrow, I'm only going to make salads!
... Which led to a much more interesting discussion (I think) about what workout outfits we're going to buy in order to jumpstart our new and improved lifestyle! That's half the battle right there, folks, because to look good is to feel good, I say.
2. Drain the lentils of the water they've been sitting in. Then put them in a saucepan, and add fresh water. The level of water should be such that it reaches 1 inch above the level of lentils in the pan. Turn the heat on to medium, and let the lentils cook till tender - about half an hour. (Keep an eye on it, because it has a tendency to boil over)
3. In the meantime, heat up the oil (medium-high heat) in a separate small pan. Toss in the cumin seeds. When they begin to darken, and you smell their nutty aroma, turn the heat down to low, and add the ginger and garlic (be careful! It will sputter a lot - better to wait till the oil cools down a bit). Stir it all around for a few seconds.
4. Add the chopped tomatoes, followed by the salt, chilli powder, turmeric and green chile. Stir around, then cover with a lid and let the tomatoes soften. Oil will also separate. It will take about 7-10 mins on medium-low heat. Set aside.
5. When the lentils have softened, add the tomato mixture to it, followed by the chopped cilantro. Stir around, and let it cook for a further 3-5 mins. Taste for salt. Then you're done! Savor with parathas, chapatis, or any type of roti or flour tortilla.
Keep talking Mommy ... I am watching you.
When I'm in a rush, I sometimes spread some of this daal on a flour tortilla, roll it up, toast it lightly on a skillet, and gobble it up. Makes me feel busy and important, and yet very zen.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, if Plan A of eating healthier doesn't work out too well, I do have a Plan B. One word, ladies .... Spanx!