1 July 2006

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Anonymous said...

I have started following the 12 week action plan but cannot find some of the recipies stated for week 2 eg. lentil dhal and cucumber raita, mango lassi.your help to find these would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

The authors haven't written special recipes for all the meal ideas in the menu plans. The idea is that people can make use of the cookbooks and recipes that they already have on their shelves. Where there's a special recipe in the book the page number is noted. Lentil dhal and cucumber raita are very typical Indian recipes and in all Indian cookbooks or available in Indian restaurants or takeaway outlets.

Anonymous said...

True, but watch out which recipes you choose. Traps for new players include luxury dhal recipes with cream & oil, and using full fat yoghurts.

Very simple raita:
Finely chop a half lebanese cucumber. Mix in a 200 g pot of low or no fat plain yoghurt. Sprinkle with garam masala or cumin.

A simple dhal:
Fry up a finely chopped onion in a very small dash of oil. Add 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, and a thumb sized knob of fresh ginger, peeled & finely chopped. When all is browned, toss in 250g red lentils, a cup of vegetable stock and a tablespoon of tomato paste. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes until lentils are soft, almost a paste. Top up with more stock or water as you go if needed. Season to taste with a little salt, & some garam masala. Serve with chopped fresh green onions & coriander on top.

Note: red lentils do not require presoaking, and cook very quickly. To be even quicker use a tin of drained brown lentils. You'll need lessstock.

Lassi: get a blender. Toss in 1 large mango cheek, 200g plain yoghurt, 2 tsp honey, a cup of ice. Some people use buttermilk. Thickness is ery much to personal taste.

Anonymous said...

Hi Delwyn, have a look at the Mendosa site - he gives many recipes for Dhal dishes: http://www.mendosa.com/chanadal.html#Recipes

Neville said...

Just Joined and need information on honey. I use Yellow Box and see the GI is quite good and currently am taking one desertspoon full each night before going to bed. Over the past two weeks I have noticed the following:- Fuller sleep with much less wakening. No leg cramps for 14 days! No yawning in the mid to late afternoon. So I assume from this that my blood sugar needed regulating. I have had the glucose test and that said I was ok, but I have had the afternoon yawns for years. This is the first time I am free of them. Apart from the honey, there has been no change in my very low fat diet, high vege and fruit, low protein except for fish and beans. I am 73 years of age with BP 135/80.