One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
* Luciano Pavarotti & William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

September 04, 2007


we had our first BOOK CLUB meeting last night! we met to discuss THE KITE RUNNER & eat lots of yummy afghan food. here's what I made: DAL. this is actually an indian dish - a lentil puree - but it had similar ingredients to most of the afghan dishes I found online. I doubled this recipe.

rinse & place in large saucepan:
  • 1 C red lentils (or yellow split peas)
  • 2 C water
  • 1 small sliced onion
  • 3/4 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 3/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
simmer, covered, until lentils are tender, 20-25min. puree in food processor & return to saucepan. stir in:
  • 1 C water
  • 3/4 tsp salt
simmer, partly covered, until the dal is thickened to the consistency of split pea soup, about 20 mins. stir in:
  • 2 fresh jalepeƱo peppers (sedded, cut into 1/3rds)
  • 1.5 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 3 Tb chopped fresh cilantro
serve over:
  • kashann's afghan rice!
from the joy of cooking


Kashann said...

Great party! I think I love afgani food. Is the rice recipe worth posting, what do you think? I thought it was good, but plain rice is also good. Can't wait to make my own dal.

Sarah said...

Post it! I also want Christy's chicken dish!

Maxfield Family said...

I found this blog while blog surfing and love it! I'm adding it to my blog as a link - we are also dental school wives and love to share recipes (

Kashann said...

My family won't eat this for some reason . . I think maybe that it is the baby food consistency.


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