For G's birthday last year, he got a crumble. This year, he gets...dal. Hey, the guy likes Indian food! I made Dal Bhaji from Susan's Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, another blog I've followed and loved for a long time, although I can't say I've ever made any of her recipes.
I had some for lunch, over the last of some kale salad, very nontraditionally. It is usually served with bread and potatoes. Susan's version doesn't include potatoes but I ate a piece of pita with the dal and salad.
Despite G being really, really old, I basically made him a very spicy dish of baby food for his birthday. I had to boil things beyond existence and then mash them up, which was actually a lot of fun. This was a multi-step process and definitely more than one pot was dirtied, but it isn't difficult. G is worth it, anyway, and the recipe is very tasty.
One more thing that added to the process was this matter of "pav bhaji masala" spice. While the Lower East Side is full of Indian grocery stores, I wasn't going to make the extra trip, so when Whole Foods' Indian aisle didn't have the masala, I found a spice recipe of sorts on this site and figured I could wing something with what I had on hand.
Metric measurements throw me off, but I think this came out alright. I didn't have cumin seeds, cardamom seeds or coriander seeds...so I used less of the ground spices and subbed sumac for dry mango powder. I dunno, anyone with a better understanding of spices have anything they'd like to advise or mention? Any recommendations for what else to use this spice mix in? I have a LOT left over.
Anyway, I liked the meal and I think G did too. He ate some today with rice, because he's for real. (And so old!) No, I did not pick a fat free recipe for G because his metabolism slows down from here. I've heard great things about Susan's recipes and I'm definitely looking forward to delving deeper into her repertoire.