Crispy Little Things!

Bulgur & Mung dal Dosa with Beet, coconut & jalapeño Chutney

Bulgur & Mung Dal Dosa with Beet, Coconut & Jalapeño Chutney

Another Dosa experiment in my kitchen. This one turned out to be my favorite so far. It’s also been months since I last ate Dosa and I’m guessing that’s probably clouding my judgement a little. Or the fact that these were so crispy and light, they almost had a junk-food-like feel to them. Quite deceptive considering how healthy and nutritious they are. But they say never trust a skinny chef, so don’t take my word for it. Go on, try it urself!

Ingredients (for Dosa batter)

  • 1 cup soaked and drained bulgur
  • 1 cup soaked and drained split mung dal
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp cumin powder

Note: measure after soaking and draining or things will dramatically be different. This measurement serves about 2 people so multiply accordingly!

Preparation : (for Dosa batter)

  1. Blend to a smooth paste till you reach a pancake batter like consistency. Slightly runnier if you want that extra crispy texture.

Ingredients: (Chutney)

  • 1 cup shredded beet (do not use boiled beets, it won’t be the same)
  • 2-3 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
  • 7-8 slices (Not whole) picked jalapeños. (I insist on the pickled kind because its really not the same with the fresh ones)
  • Salt

Preparation: (Chutney)

  1. Blend all the ingredients to a smooth paste. Serve chilled.

Preparation: (for Dosa)

  1. Watch a YouTube Dosa making video if you’re a Dosa virgin.
  2. Use a Dosa pan or a crepe maker for best results.
  3. A tsp of butter per Dosa really makes a big difference.
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Spiced Red Lentils & carrot soup with grilled blue cheese fingers

Spiced Red Lentils & Carrot Soup with Grilled Blue Cheese Fingers

In my opinion (I do have way too many) there are 3 different kinds of Soup people in this world.

1. The Broth people: How any human being doesn’t need a meal 10 minutes after having a bowl of brothy soup is beyond me. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

2. The Chunky Soup people: Oh and call it Soup all you want, that’s a whole entire meal and you know it.

3. The Thick Soup people: It’s Purée. Call it Purée. I belong to this category but I’ll be honest and call it Purée. Just own it.

Know any more Soup people kinds? I’d love to hear all about them.

But for now here’s my new Spiced Red Lentils & Carrot Soup recipe and it’s made instantly in the Instant Pot. I decided to serve it in a shot glass with some Grilled Blue Cheese fingers but feel free to have it your way. Quick, easy, and pretty appetizers are my favorite kind. This ones quite healthy too because there’s no cream or butter. Sure you can add some if you’re into that but I can guarantee you won’t be needing any. I recommend you eat this meal clean but that’s again, just my opinion.

Ingredients (soup)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into big chunks
  • 1/2 cup red lentils (masoor dal), washed & soaked
  • 2 cups water + extra to adjust the consistency.
  • Salt
  • Pepper (freshly ground is better)
  • 1-2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon sugar

Preparation

  1. Set the Instant Pot on Sauté mode. Heat the oil. Add all the ingredients in order and mix.
  2. Close the lid and seal.
  3. Set on soup mode for 8 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure release naturally.
  5. Blend once slightly cool and adjust the consistency & seasoning.

Ingredients (grilled blue cheese fingers)

  • Whole grain bread slices
  • Crumbled blue cheese
  • Olive oil

Preparation

  1. Sandwich a healthy amount of crumbled blue cheese in between 2 slices of bread
  2. Drizzle some olive oil on a hot frying pan.
  3. Grill the sandwich on low to medium heat for an even golden brown color.
  4. Drizzle some olive oil on the top slice before flipping it over. Takes about 2 minutes on each side.
  5. Let it rest on the chopping board for a couple minutes before cutting them into appropriately half inch sized fingers.
  6. Serve with hot soup, shot glasses optional of course!