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Hari Om!
Yesterday was Sri Rama-jayanti, the last day of Ram Navami (nine days). Being of the Sun, Lord is 'born' at Midday. Leading up to and following, there are many bhajans and chants made, calling upon His name. You can read YAM's "potted Ramaayana" HERE. After all devotional activity, feasting!. Many foods are prepared - then eaten.

Today, a short bhajan (hymn), joyful to the ear (even if you don't understand a word!) and then a recipe for one my favourite things - dahl - but with a 'twist', an Indian style of dumpling.



I learned all  my Indian cookery (there are many regional differences), from watching friends in their kitchens and a bit of trial and error. Generally speaking, there is a tradition in Indian households that recipes as such are not shared - everyone must develop their own, but based on some basic and necessary spices.

For today, I just typed into the search bar 'Ram Navami Treats' and these ladies appealed to me as their presentation is clear (they are obviously quite 'Westernised') and the ingredients clearly given - have your pen and paper handy and don't forget you can use the pause button!!!

Some notes I would add to this; Toor dahl is very similar to yellow split peas, and I have used these often if unable to source the toor (which is a small chickpea). I generally soak in boiling water for at least an hour. Then boil and give them a bit of a 'whiz' with a hand blender to get the 'breakdown' the ladies are talking of. So no need for pressure cooker - unless of course you already have one!  Their salt usage is of Indian proportions!!! However, the dahl does require more than perhaps you would normally add.  Start with half a teasp and add a little more if required - or leave it to the individual eaters! If you have doubts as to gluten, then simply leave out the dhokli, using the dahl with rice instead.

Most of the ingredients are available on the specialist aisle of your supermarkets now. No excuse for not extending your culinary challenge!!!

For some of YAM's own 'onepot1ders', check out the MenU label.  Aur khanna!!!

जै श्री राम 
Jai Sri Ram!
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12 comments:

  1. WE watched the second video about the cooking and we are now STARVED... it looks VERY good to us...
    We hope you have a beautiful holiday.

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    1. Hari OM
      Oh trust me,,, it is very very good!!! Thank you, it was a peaceful and art-filled day. Yxx

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  2. You are always so busy and are so clever too. Your posts are so different to any others I follow and such a delight too.
    I have to admit I have never tasted true Indian food of any kind and yet I love curries. There is an Indian restaurant near our home so maybe one day........take aways perhaps? I am not sure you would approve of that idea!! xx

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    1. Hari OM
      G'day Mimsie! Yup, its an eclectic mix round here &*> Ah the infamous curry; the export of the British Empire - hmmm could be a post in that! In Australia at least you have some hope of getting a more authentic meal (at least in Sydney we had some places where the genuine foods are prepared in proper fashion) - places where Indians themselves choose to go! Contrary to common thought, majority Subcontinental cuisine is not filled with chilli; it is the other spices which make the difference. Yxx

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  3. I am one of those meat and two veg type people, although if other people cook it, I will eat other stuff as well. In fact, yesterday I was supposed to meet a friend at a Thai restaurant, but alas, I never responded to his text that I didn't get until three hours late. So, he travelled out of town. We will have to set another date, because it does sound good! Unless it's cooked by the same guy I once had Thai food from before: I had to add salt to make it taste like anything and everybody in my family knows I don't add salt ever!

    Now, if you could just send me that recipe for the pumpkin soup you fed me on last year...

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    1. Hari OM
      You had to ADD salt??? So very often I find that Asian and Oriental restaurants are much to heavy on the salt, so that is amazing. As you'll not from comment above, I will do a post which is now prompted from here - and will link in all the soup recipes from the MenU label... that includes the Pumpkin one!!! Yxx

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  4. My favourite food is Thai but I'm very fond of Indian too, well pretty much all food.
    Merle..........................

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      ...heheheheh, yup. I get ya! Thai and Indian are the best at vegetarian options too - well in OZ.... I'm afraid the UK has a looooooongggg way to go.... Yxx

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  5. that looks so great and I love this way to cook!!! it's great to spice up the menu card a little, there are not much options for vegetarians with our local recipes, thanks for a tasty idea :o)
    easy rider

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  6. Mom says she doesn't have too much experience eating Indian food. There aren't a lot of ethnic restaurants around here so she will seek one out next time we go into SLC!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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