Sunday, June 1, 2008

Yellow MoDi Daal for dear Bri & Click

Yellow is the color of sunshine. Yellow is the color of hope.

Yellow is the color of this basic daily daal from the Gujarati side of my family. It is called moDi daal at my home. The same daal is also called "Lachko daal" in some other Gujarati homes.

Rachel asked me why this daal is called moDi daal? I thought that was a very good question so decided to answer it here. First of all, it is moDi where D is as in Disco, Dance, Duck, Dog...Well, you got the point!:-) It is not related to the last name Modi. "MoDi" means without much seasonings or masala, something very simple, basic, earthy kind of a daal. Just like in Maharashtrian homes, baby's first daal is generally "Varan", in many Gujarati homes, baby's first daal is this "MoDi" daal - something that is not overpowered with chilies/masala/complex flavors. Hope that answers your question, Rachel!

MoDi Daal
1/2 cup toor daal, cooked
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste

1 tsp ghee/oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1. Pressure cook toor daal adding double amount of water, turmeric powder and asafoetida.
2. Mash the daal using back of the ladle. Add more water - if desired - per the required consistency.
3. Add salt. Pour in a saucepan. Bring to boil.

4. Let it simmer.
5. In a small saucepan, add ghee/oil.
6. Add cumin seeds. As they splutter, pour the tempered ghee/oil to the simmering daal.
7. Switch off the gas and serve hot with rice or chapati.

Jai & Bee - have dedicated their monthly "Click" event to dear Bri who is diagnosed with cancer - again. This special edition event is called "Yellow for Bri". Yellow is also the color of hope, support, love, friendship & prayers.

I am dedicating my simple post of yellow modi daal to dear Bri. My prayers and best wishes are always with you.

Following information is from Jugalbandi -

This is an appeal on behalf of a group of food bloggers who are friends of Briana Brownlow @ Figs With Bri.

Bri was diagnosed with breast cancer two and half years ago. A mastectomy, chemotherapy and two years of relatively good health later, the cancer is back. It has metastasized to other parts of her body. At the age of 15, Bri lost her 41-year old mother to the disease. Now, she’s waging her own war against breast cancer. More about it here.

She is going through intensive chemo and other treatments and needs to focus single-mindedly on healing and finding what treatment works best for her. Her health insurance, unfortunately, does not cover holistic alternatives which she would like to try. Bri and her husband Marc have enough on their plates right now in addition to worrying about her medical bills.

The team organising the JUNE edition of CLICK at Jugalbandi has organised a fundraiser to help Bri and her family meet her out-of-pocket medical costs for ONE YEAR.

CLICK is a monthly theme-based photography contest hosted by Jugalbandi. This month’s theme is: YELLOW for Bri

Yellow is the colour of hope. Through the work of the LiveStrong Foundation, it has also come to signify the fight against cancer.

The entries can be viewed HERE. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2008. The fundraiser will extend until July 15, 2008.

The target amount is 12,000 U.S. dollars. We appeal to our fellow bloggers and readers to help us achieve this. Bri deserves a chance to explore all options, even if her insurance company thinks otherwise.

There’s a raffle with exciting prizes on offer. After viewing the list, you may make your donation HERE or at the Chip-In button on any participating site.

Your donation can be made securely through credit card or Pay Pal and goes directly to Bri’s account.

This month’s photo contest also has some prizes. Details HERE.

You can support this campaign by donating to the fundraiser, by participating in CLICK: the photo event, and by publicising this campaign.


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