The Indian way of living is easy and requires minimal things. One of the oldest and most evolved cultures of the world, Indian pantry staples can last for years. Yoga can be done without any equipment – and due to Corona-Virus – even the Queen is doing namasteI am writing a few recipes that are easy to follow and can be tempered to individual tastes. I will keep updating this post to add more recipes.

Left: Masoor dal (red lentils). Right: moong dal (yellow lentils).
Source: Rajan Singh Jolly

Moong Dal/Masoor Dal : Among all of the dals/lentils, these take the least amount to cook. Both of them can be cooked on a stovetop. For others like Tur, Chana,  and so on – a pressure cooker is a must. At least for now – let’s NOT buy anything unnecessary.

Ingredients : 1 cup Masoor/Moong dal, salt, pepper, ghee/extra virgin olive oil and turmeric. 1 cup serves 4 people.

Step 1. Wash the dal thoroughly with water.

Step 2. Put 1 cup of dal with 4 cups of water to boil on the stove top.

Step 3. Add salt, turmeric.

Step 4. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the flame to medium heat and let it simmer- your dal should be ready in 12-15 minutes. It should look mushy.

Step 5. Pour it in bowls, add ghee/extra virgin olive oil and pepper. You can add any flavorings at this point- pesto sauce, cheese, paprika, cajun seasoning, fresh cut onions or tomatoes.

This is the simple version. If you wanted to make it in traditional method, here is a video for this

Rice Congee : This is also extremely simple to make. It is an ideal comfort food and comforting for the stomach too.

Ingredients : Rice (any kind), ghee/extra virgin olive oil, salt and water.

Step 1. Wash the rice thoroughly.

Step 2. Put two cups of rice with 8 cups of water to boil.

Step 3. Wait for it to boil, and then reduce the flame to medium and let it simmer.’

Step 4: Wait till it gets mushy and is of a soupy consistency.

Step 5: Add your flavorings-salt, pepper, ghee, extra virgin olive oil or anything that you want.

Again – this was the simplest form to make. I am also posting a video of how it’s made traditionally.