Tuesday, August 18, 2009


McDonald's Big Mac Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons French dressing
4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon finely minced white onion
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well.
2. Place sauce in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours,
or overnight, so that the flavors blend. Stir the sauce a couple of
times as it chills.
Makes about 3/4 cup.
Mung daal (dry)

1 cup Mung dal (without skin)
2 ½ cup Water
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon Black mustard seeds
1 Clove garlic; chopped
¼ teaspoon Chopped fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon Garam masala (Indian spice mixture)
1 small Tomato; chopped

Bring 2-1/2 c. water to a biol in a medium size pot and add the salt to it. After carefully sorting out the dal by hand to remove any foreign objects, wash clean under running water and drain. Add dal to the boiling water. When the water begins its second boil, reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for 10 min. Place a tightly fitting lid on the pot, reduce heat to low, and cook another 10 min. The dal should have become soft and there should be almost no water left in the pot. If there is some water left, simmer and stir the dal continuously until the water has evaporated. (The directions say to remove the dal to a bowl, dry the pot, heat oil and spices in the pot, then add the dal back to the pot. I think it is easier to heat the oil and spice in a small pan, then add to the pot, as above.) Heat the vegetable oil separately from the dal and add the mustard seeds, chopped garlic and chopped ginger to the oil. The mustard seeds will begin to pop and spatter when the oil becomes hot. When they have all popped, combine the hot oil and the dal. Stir for a minute, then add the garam marsala and the chopped tomato. Mix well and continue to stir for 5 min. until the dal is well heated. This dal should be served hot and may be reheated before serving. While most dals are thin and soup-like, this particular preparation comes out somewhat dry and lumpy by comparison.

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