Saturday, May 26, 2007

Dal Makhani, Pantry-Style

After Thursday's Rajma Rasmisa, I was in the mood for kidney beans again. This time I paired it with urud dal for the classic North Indian dish, Dal Makhani (Creamy Lentils & Beans with Butter).

It was late, so I was determined to find substitutions in the pantry rather than make a trip to the grocery store. I'm never very rigid with recipes anyway, so "pantry-style" cooking with what's available is common for me.

I was totally out of channa dal, so I just used more urud. I didn't have any tomatoes, but I did have some ranchero salsa I bought originally to make Huevos Rancheros. I was almost out of cumin seeds, so I improvised with caraway. And finally, instead of pure sour cream, I just topped it off with "cream top" yogurt.

Not quite a traditional batch of Dal Makhani, but it still had all that creamy, "stick to your ribs" goodness!

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