The No Boundaries Meal

Chana Dal & Oats Dosa

Chana Dal & Oats Dosa

Did I mention how amazing the weather’s been in NYC? School’s out and so are we, at least most of the time, which probably explains the lack of blogposts & recipes. I’m not lazy or anything. Really! And bartending at a Rooftop bar in Manhattan in this weather is not a job for the faint hearted so cut me some slack alright?!

And while I’m being honest, the only new recipes that my brain have cooked up in the last entire month, are more of the liquid kind. So I decided to do what I do the best, reinvent the mighty Dosa, again!! I served this healthy (slightly inspired by the chilla from the East) Dosa with a spicy red chili & coconut masala calamari (slightly inspired by its Goan counterpart) & harissa sauce, straight from the Middle East. Nope, no boundaries for this meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chana Dal, washed, soaked and drained.
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats, rinsed
  • Salt to taste
  • Butter to cook

Preparation

  1. Grind the chana dal and oats using just enough water to make a smooth batter, slightly runnier than your average pancake batter.
  2. Season with salt.
  3. Heat a Dosa/crepe/non stick griddle and spread a ladle full of batter forming a thin layer of crepe. (YouTube video if you’re a first timer)
  4. Spread about a tbsp of butter evenly and let it brown on the underside.
  5. Roll and serve hot with your choice of accompaniment.
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Thankful for Spices

Masala Cornbread

Masala Cornbread

I’m a Gujarati but even the Gujju dal that my mom made while growing up could burn a hole through your shirt! Sweet food wasn’t ever an option. Diabetes was the response when anybody ever spoke of desserts. We never went to restaurants that served bland food. I didn’t know it existed till I hit puberty!

My point, thanksgiving food kind of goes against every fiber of my being. That being said, I do appreciate the history and the culture but if I’m going to eat it, I’m going to spice things up.

Presenting my under 45 minutes masala cornbread made in the Instant Pot. (For which I’m oh so thankful) Wish you and yours a very happy thanksgiving 🍁

Dry ingredients Wet ingredients Ready batter Ingredients

  • 1 + 1/3 cups cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 stick butter (4 tbsp), melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp ginger & garlic paste
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1 chopped jalapeño (optional)

Preparation

  • Grease and prepare a 7″ round cake tin.
  • Mix the top 7 dry ingredients very well in a large bowl.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk them together.
  • Stir in the wet ingredients to the dry ones, whisking very gently.
  • Pour this batter in the prepared tin.
  • Pour 1 + 1/2 cups of water in the Instant Pot and place a trivet.
  • Place the tin on it. Cover the lid and seal.
  • Turn it on Manual mode and adjust to 22 mins.
  • Let the pressure release naturally once the timer is off.
  • Slice & serve warm

Baking in the Oven : to bake it in the oven, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean.