Dal Chawal

So glad we were able to watch the Women’s Soccer World Cup Final this morning. We almost missed our flight, but the rush was totally worth it. I am fan of Megan Rapinoe after watching her lead on the field during the match against England and today against Netherlands. Very few people exude leadership in their stance, Rapinoe is one of them. Her graceful poses after every milestone goal, and after today’s victory are reflective of her passion for the game. She is aware of what a dent she is making to the history of the game. She is living it every single moment. And she deserves every lumen of spotlight she is getting from the media. Go Rapinoe! After Martina Novartilova, I have finally found another female sports icon who I really admire. Of course, the fact that she is born a day after me calls for some kinship πŸ˜‰ [I can almost hear Agam saying in the background, “even a dog born in July shares the same horoscope as you.” And my response – “So what?”]

We had a super packed day. We came back home late afternoon and then Tara had to rush to her close friend’s birthday party. She could not have missed it. So we quickly made up a card and wrote some mushy stuff and off she went for a fun afternoon with friends, while I got the house in order.

In the evening we were all craving some simple Indian food. Dal-Chawal came to rescue, and in the end we licked our fingers away. There is something so comforting in a simple meal of dal and chawal. Dal Chawal to me is like that favorite blanket that you know will make you cozy, no matter how cold it is. It is like that conversation with a friend that leaves you wanting more, but so nourished. It’s a hug form Mom. It’s like Dad’s arms around your shoulder. I am getting carried away. But this is how I feel when I eat dal chawal after a long time. πŸ˜€

Today’s dal was a simple toor dal with a tempering of onions, tomatoes, curry leaves, mustard seeds, green chilies, cumin and coriander powder, a little bit of tamarind and a tinge of jaggery. I loved coming back to my kitchen after a short break. Breaks are good. They are a good opportunity to miss what you love, and realize just how much you love it. I love my kitchen and I am excited about putting my freshly minted Sur La Table gift card to use. πŸ˜€

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