Friday, April 3, 2009

Indian Rice and Lentils with Whole Wheat Roti

Pantry meal three this week. Same old carrots and celery in the crisper. One lonely white onion, some lentils, some rice, some garam masala, coriander, and cardamom, and a groovy video on YouTube from Indian Vegetarian blogger Manjula.

Sauted the onion, carrot, and celery in butter and oil. Added in the spices. Deglazed with a dash of chardonnay. Added 1/2 cups each of basmati rice and lentils, 1 1/2 cups water, boiled, reduced to simmer, and waited 20 minutes. Goodness.

Mixed up the flour, salt, and water per Manjula's instructions, fired up the cast iron skillet, and had damn authentic-tasting roti in about 15 minutes. And Manjula has managed to be the #2 Google hit for "flat bread recipe". Can't beat that.

What a great, simple lunch/dinner tonight.

And once again, a dirt cheap meal for two.

Let's guess $0.50 for the rice, $0.25 for the lentils, $0.50 for the spices since they're a bit exotic, $0.10 for the wine, $0.35 for the vegetables, and $0.25 for the flour/butter for the roti. Dinner for two, $1.95.

This has been quite a week of working at home and cooking for one.

Don't worry peeps, I'm still more of a fan of cooking for crowds, and I still love bacon. I'll have some good-livin' cooking with a crowd blogging for you soon.


Amy said...

Another must try. And those videos are great - thanks for linking to them!

Amy said...

I made this last night for dinner. Kind of bummed that my roti didn't puff up so much. I think there was too much butter/oil on the skillet.

kitchengeeking said...

No, no puffing here either. Unleavened and all. Maybe a 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder if you want to use this recipe for simplicity and add in some 'poof.'

Manjula, and I'm sure others, have multiple recipes for rotis, parathas, and your puffed up fried bread, the batturas.

I think I'm going for aloo paratha next!