Woke up this morning (dah nahnahnahnah!), my dhal was dead (dah nahnahnahnah!)……
Sorry, wrong “woke up this morning” gig. That one’s next Saturday at Fat Joe’s Crocodile-Rock Shackarama, drop by if you’re in the area. Don’t forget to tip the waitress, watch out for the alligators. (Or is that tip the alligator, and watch out for the waitresses….)?
Woke up that morning and saw the silvery pavements that meant it had rained overnight. Opened the window wide in the hope of cool, fresh air, and instead God turned his Hairdryer on my face at medium-high.
So, still fiendishly humid and warm, then.
And whilst apparently it’s normally okay to accidentally oversoak urad dhal lentils, it’s probably not a good idea to leave a bowl of them soaking for 24 hours, in a warm flat, during what have been the hottest two days of the summer so far…..
Despite the strange fruity sweet smell I persevered, drained and washed them, began to boil them and after 10 minutes of even weirder smells gave up and dumped the lot. (Although from the hint of fermentation I think I might have been *this* close to inventing lentil beer).
Turned to the internet for inspiration, and tripped over this economical and tasty dish (the pilaf lasted me 3 meals and 1 snack):
I didn’t have any kale at the time, but picked some up later for a separate dish. I also substituted bulgur wheat for millet, which worked well. Suspect any similar grain would be good.