~ Menu ~
Dal Roti with Cashew Nut Salad
White Wine Spritzer
… and later …
Honey Oatmeal Scones and Coffee
Having run the gamut of leftover Pease Pudding (soup, fritters and dal) I had a little of the spiced pudding aka dal left and was going to make myself a dal vada of sorts when inspiration struck. What would happen if I mixed flour into the dal to make a dough. This is what happened.
Dal Roti – Instructions
~ Mix enough flour (I used plain flour but rolled the dough out on wholewheat – probably chapatti flour would be best) into the dal to make a workable dough.
~ Work it ie. roll into walnut sized balls and then roll out into thin rounds.
~ Fry in a lightly oiled pan till the first side is speckled with brown turn and do the second side.
What a nice surprise these were! I quickly whipped up a salad, added some cashews and a simple balsamic dressing and dolloped a spoonful of Greek yogurt (fusion!) on the top.
This was all very spur of the moment – I am sure these little breads would be great used to scoop up curry or similar.
After lunch I messed around in the fridge, as one does, and came across a cup of cold porridge. Obviously I was delighted, who wouldn’t be? As I was fresh from munging flour into cold dal my mind ran along similar lines and I decided to make …
Honey Oatmeal Scones ~ based on an Original Idea by Mrs. Beeton
(Quite) a while ago now I wrote an article for Vegetarian Living on Mrs. Beeton’s Vegetarian Cooking and this was one of her good ideas. In my grandmother’s edition Mrs. B says to knead into cold porridge “as much flour as will enable it to be rolled out ¼” thick but that was a bit too basic and heavy for me so here is my version
300g cold porridge
30g soft butter
1 tbsp honey
Self raising flour
(or plain flour and baking powder in the rations 100g flour:1 tsp baking powder
~ Preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC/170ºC fan/gas 5.
~ Mix together the first three ingredients and then work in the flour to make a soft, sticky but manageable dough.
~ Knead lightly then roll out on a floured board to a thickness of about 20mm.
~ Cut into rounds or other shapes and lay on a greased baking tray.
~ Brush with milk and bake for 20-25 minutes till risen and golden.