Looking for an introduction to Indian food? Try Mori Dal, it is an easy lentil dish with lots of flavor but not heat.
Almost 13 year ago, I met my husband. We actually met through an internet dating site and started out talking on the phone for a few weeks. The first time I heard his voice, it was almost like I could hear “a penny drop”. I knew instantly he was the one for me just from his voice. In getting to know him, I learned he considered his race, Parsi. Parsi, what, who?? A quick Google search later and I had the basics; enough to know it wasn’t some cult or fringe culture. A Parsi is a person of the Zoroastrian religion whose ancestors immigrated to India after they were driven out of Persia about 2000 years ago. The religion is thought to be one of the oldest that believes in one God. The basic premise of the religion is “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds”. You honor God and live a good live by living by those three tenants.
Just as in our culture, food is a major part of the Parsi culture. There are special dishes that should be made on auspicious days. Mori dal is one of those; even though it is considered an everyday dal. It is made to be eaten with Prawn Patia. I will share that recipe with you tomorrow. Mori dal and Prawn Patia were the first dishes I tried to make for my husband. It was hard to make something when you had never had it before. I didn’t know how it was supposed to taste. At the time I had not tasted it. Since then I have had many versions of Mori Dal and Prawn Patia but really wanted to make it my own. My husband would always tell me it was good but not quite right. So, I started studying Parsi cookbooks and his Mom’s recipes. Then I took what I knew about cooking and put it all together. I came up with my own recipe and now feel confident to serve it to anyone.
I really love making this particular dal (lentils) because my daughter absolutely loves it. She will eat a couple of bowls of dal and rice. I almost feel like she was born knowing she liked Parsi food. I know it is probably a little silly, but it amazes me how much she loves any type of Indian food. With all the spices you would think it might be too much for her but she took to it like a duck out of water. I bet you will too.
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