Masoor Dal Makhani (Black Lentil Dal Soup/ Side Dish)

Who doesn’t like Dal Makhani? It’s always a must-order menu item when we go out to eat in any Indian restaurants!

But this time, I wanted to try an alternative version of Dal Makhani using Masoor Dal instead of the using the traditional urad dal (split black gram) and to my surprise, it was a major hit with my husband and everyone in the family 🙂

I usually make this in all festive occasions, potluck parties or just for ourselves. One of my very close friends, just loves it as a soup!! How cool is that? One recipe with multiple serving styles!

So, let’s get started!…

Ingredients :

  • ¾ cup whole Black Masoor dal ( Black Lentil Dal – soaked overnight
  • ¼ cup rajma ( Black Kidney Beans – soaked overnight)masoordal
  • ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped roughly
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (bay leaf)
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ⅓ cup low-fat cream ( sour cream)
  • ¼ tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • salt as required

Method :

  • Soak Masoor Dal and the kidney beans overnight ( 7-8 hours). Drain them the next morning and add 3 cups of water in the pressure cooker along with the cinnamon stick. Cook oh medium-high flame till soft or till you hear 6-8 whistles. Keep the cooked beans and lentils aside.
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  • In a pan, add butter. When it begins to melt, add the cloves.
  • Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, chopped onions and sauté them till the onions get translucent. Add a pinch of salt to quicken the process.
  • Next, add 2 tsp of ginger garlic paste and sauté.
  • Next add the chopped tomatoes ( You can use tomato puree as well). Add red chilli powder, green chillies, turmeric powder,salt and give it a thorough mix.
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  • Close the pan with a lid and cook for 8-10 mins till tomatoes are cooked well enough and you see butter leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Add the cooked lentils and beans and 1 cup of water. (You can adjust the water depending on your choice of consistency).
  • Make sure to stir often to avoid the lentils on sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • You can break a few lentils and beans from the back of your stirrer to thicken the dal.
  • Keep the dal on simmer for around 9-12 mins. The more you simmer, the better it tastes 😉
  • When the gravy has thickened enough, add cream, kasuri methi. Stir well and switch off the stove.
  • Yum, dal makhani is absolutely ready to be served along with indian bread (roti/ naan) or can be eaten with rice or just served as a soup 🙂

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Front Window Gift Box

Well, as you all know, I love paper crafting. I have made so many cards, but this time I wanted to try something different. I remember when I was a kid, I would go to a store & pick up anything at all if the packaging appealed to me. I wouldn’t really care what is inside it.. 😉 Well, ‘looks can be deceiving’ is what is said, but to me, it was the only reason to buy anything at all. They make a first impression about the product itself!! So, I started by making some cute little boxes that could be used in any occasion to give to your loved ones. This one here, is one of my favourites. I love the window sheets, as it gives me a sneak peek about the little product inside the package.

Its super easy & makes such an adorable gift box 🙂

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So, let’s get started.

Materials you’ll need :

  1. 7 ½ x 5 inches any colour card stock of your choice.
  2. Ribbon to co-ordinate with your colour of the card stock
  3. Printed paper for decorating your box
  4. Paper trimmer or scissors
  5. Scoring board ( if not, just use the scoring tool)
  6. Tag punch
  7. Acetate Sheet/ Window sheet (5 inch x 5 inch )
  8. Sticky tape or glue

Method :

  • First start by getting your die cut ready. I’ve just printed out my logo on the card stock before prepping it into a box.
  • Score on the long side at 1 ½ inches, 21/2 inches and 6 ½ inches.
  • Score on the short side at 1 inch and 4 inch.
  • Cut the flaps as shown below.IMG_9479.
  • Soften out the score lines to give a good finish.

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  • Score your window sheet at 1 inch on three sides as show.
  • Snip out the corner squares.

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  • Then, I just used a chevron printed paper to give a nice look to the top flap of my box and rounded the corners using a punch. You could simply use scissors as well.

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  • Next, I carefully lined the window sheet with the card stock base and glued it well to create the Front Window.

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  • Then I used the white lace ribbon to give the final look and placed a tag with the logo I designed.
  • And voila, the box is ready!!

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What do you all think? Simple cute, isn’t it?

I was totally inspired by watching several YouTube tutorials. I will hopefully someday be able to shoot and post video tutorials as well 🙂

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Simple Stamped Handmade Card!

I have been crafting for a long long time. When I shifted to the US, I started exploring into the world of paper crafts as the supplies you get here are so overwhelming with endless choices. I decided to take up some stamping classes to get started and learn the usage of different types of ink pads, varieties of card stock, stamps, etc..Then I started designing my own series of stamped cards, stamped coasters, gift boxes etc…

Here is one example of a Simple card I recently made for my loving husband.image

For this, I used:

  • 51/2 inches by 81/2 inches White card stock
  • Background stamp
  • Flower punch
  • Leaves punch
  • Different color ink pads
  • Versa Fine black ink pad for the sentiments
  • Circle sparkly stickers for the flowers.
  • Rubber Stamps

And voila !!

What do you all think?!

This is just an idea/inspiration for the different kinds of cards you can actually design all by yourself. No gift is as special as it being handmade and totally unique! Isn’t it?

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Happy crafting !

How to get big voluminous Curls!!!

Want beautiful curls?? Watch this video and see how easy it is to get that stunning look…!

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Adios!!