Archive for September 17, 2006

Take Two ~ Shilpa’s Moong Dal Chaklis

ingredients for moong dal chaklis
ingredients for Shilpa’s Moong Dal Chaklis

chakli dough
dough ready for the press

Thanks to everyone who told me how you’re *really* supposed to make the lovely spiral shaped chaklis… I followed the advice!

spirals ready to fry

I tried again with Shilpa’s recipe for Moong Dal Chaklis.
This time they came out great – thanks for the fabulous recipe, Shilpa!

shilpa's moong dal chaklis
more crispy chaklis

A couple of notes on this — Shilpa’s recipe called for cumin seeds — I used cumin powder as the first time, I think I burned the seeds. I also added a little chili powder. I steamed the flour in untreated coffee filters — that worked really well and no mess to clean up!

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Five Things To Eat Before You Die

And I don’t wish for anyone to die either — before *or* after eating. Thanks to my talented cooking teacher Vaishali, for tagging me to this most interesting survey; which was started at The Traveler’s Lunchbox.

Very difficult to choose only five!!

What I’d like to see is the list of five things you want to *try* before you die…

1. My mom’s thumbprint cookies. I could live without cookies and cakes… being weak when it comes to savory treats more than any other. These shortbread-like cookies, barely sweet, baked to golden, crumbly perfection, are the exception. A little dab of apricot jam graces the center “thumbprint”, and powdered sugar is dusted over all. Neatly arranged on her black laquer tray, they are an essential part of our family gatherings.

2. Cafe au lait and beignets from Cafe du Monde, on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, New Orleans. Half rich, dark, chicory-laced coffee and half hot milk (not steamed milk as in lattes, just hot hot hot), cafe au lait is served in old-fashioned, thick restaurantware cups and paired with a plate of fresh, hot beignets sprinkled with powdered sugar (hmm… more powdered sugar… perhaps I’m developing a sweet tooth after all?). Cafe du Monde is open 24 hours a day for a little taste of heaven on the Mississippi River.

3. Fresh sweet cherries from northern Michigan. Buy them warm from the sun at a farm stand along the road. They taste best when eaten out of hand in the car, while en route to the upper peninsula ;)

4. Apple cider donuts from any one of a number of apple orchards in New England. Spend a crisp autumn day picking apples with your kids… then wander inside for a few of these hot-out-of-the-fryer goodies.

5. Real cheddar cheese from Harman’s in Sugar Hill, NH and the Farm Country Cheese House in Lakeview, MI. Both are carefully aged, sinfully rich and delicious. Add some fresh crusty bread, a glass of chilled chardonnay, and that special someone, and you have a perfect sunset picnic.

I tag Arjuna … and Ingi Pennu/LG when she returns :)

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