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Red Lentil Dhal

Red Lentil Dhal

I missed Madhur Jaffrey's linky two weeks ago. So for this week's IHCC potluck, I cooked a pot of red lentil dhal (dal), my toddler's favorite stew and mine too. Both of us can easily drink bowls of dhal as our ultimate comfort food. :)

Recipe adapted from here.

(Serves 4) 

1 cup organic red lentil
2 & 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (for boiling the lentil)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (for tempering the chillies etc)
2 dried red chillies
3 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin powder
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
A pinch of fresh coriander, chopped

How to:

1. Wash the lentils and soak for about 30 minutes. Drain the lentils and place them in a deep pot. Add water, vegetable oil, ground turmeric, salt, chopped carrot, and onion slices. Cook over high heat until boiling, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 25 minutes.

2. Heat up vegetable oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Add dried chillies, garlic cloves, curry powder, and cumin powder. Cook until fragrant and add into the lentils.

3. Continue cooking the lentils over low heat for another 10 minutes. Add in lemon juice and stir. Then, add in salt and stir. Remove from heat. Scoop into bowls and garnish with chopped fresh coriander.

We drink our dhal happily!

I really love digging into this bowl of chunky dhal stew.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, April Potluck!

I'm also linking this post to the event, Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen.

Momma Weekend Market @ Framed Moments Gallery, Setia Alam, 7-8 May 2016

Framed Moments Gallery (FMG) anThe M Projek are organizing a market/bazaar called Momma Weekend Market in conjunction with Mothers' Day weekend on 7-8 May 2016.

They aim to feature various, one-of-a-kind, unique small businesses that offer women and children apparel, toys, handcrafted products, arts and crafts, food and beverages, and household / living products. There will be some fun activities for the young and young at heart too!

Time: 12pm - 7pm 

Venue: Framed Moments Gallery (11-2-2, Jalan Setia Prima D U13/D, Setia Alam, Shah Alam, Selangor)

Blueberries Clafouti

Blueberries Clafouti

This week at IHCC, we are cooking Curtis Stone's recipes that are perfect to nosh on while lounging about - in a bowl, on a plate, finger foods, a beverage.

I have found a few Curtis Stone's recipes that I'd really love to cook, such as roasted sweet potatoes wedges, corn and bacon muffins. In the end, I choose his Blueberries Clafouti because I have always wanted to make this delicate custardy dessert.

Recipe adapted from here.

(Serves 4-6)

3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup raw granulated cane sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1 & 1/4 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup frozen blueberries, don't thaw

How to:

1. Toast the sliced almonds in a shallow frying pan over medium-low heat. Once done, set aside to cool. Then, transfer the toasted almonds into a food processor. Add sugar, flour, and salt. Pulse until the almonds are very finely ground.

2. Blend in the eggs and egg yolks. Add the heavy cream and continue to blend until a smooth batter forms. Transfer the batter to bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least two hours.

3. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Generously oil a standard pie dish. 

4. Remove the chilled batter from the fridge about 10 minutes before baking. Stir the batter to blend, and then pour it into the prepared pie dish. Scatter the blueberries into the dish.

5. Bake the clafouti for about 15 minutes, or until the top begins to brown on top. Leave the dish in the oven for about 8 minutes. Then, remove it from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Serve.

Curtis' recipe calls for 2/3 cup of granulated sugar. I have reduced it to 1/2 cup but I still find it too sweet. For people like me who don't fancy sweet stuff, I think 1/4 cup sugar would do.

I love how the warm blueberries pop in my mouth. My 32-month old toddler loves the blueberries too, so this dessert is a hit!

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, Something to Eat on the Sofa!

Thinksport GO2 Travel Container: A safer & highly functional lunch box

Do you like what you see in this photo? This is a Thinksport GO2 Travel Container. I prepare my toddler's breakfast before he wakes up, pack them nicely in different compartments, and wait until he wakes up before I present this new meal container to him. I'm sure he will be surprised.

Before I show you what happens next, let's take a closer look at this nifty pantry and travel gadget.

Thinksport GO2 Travel Container

This is how the container looks like before it is opened up.


  • GO2 container: 24.13 cm x 6.35 cm x 15.24 cm
  • Fork & Spoon: 16.51 cm
  • Weight: 0.62 kg

  • 304 Stainless Steel (18/8) for both inner plate and fork and spoon
  • Polypropylene for outer casing of GO2, GO2 Lid, and Fork/Spoon handle
  • Silicone rings built into the lid to seal the compartments
  • Made in Korea

Thinksport products apply strict material standards. Thus, this GO2 Travel Container is free from phthalates, BPA, BPS, PET, lead, melamine, nitrosamines or biologically harmful chemicals. More about this later.


This is how the container looks like after it is opened up – the orange polypropylene outer casing, the stainless steel inner plate, and the lid complete with a pair of fork and spoon.

This is the outer casing, very sturdy and well-designed. You will see later how the stainless steel inner plate fits into this outer casing nice and tight.

The GO2 container has an anti-skid design, look at that four little stars at the four corners. Why? Quoting Thinksport, "Because nobody wants their meatballs on the floor." This is so true and especially true if the container is handled by young kids.

This is the stainless steel inner plate, large enough to make it for us moms to fill it up with different types of food with appropriate portions. This is a very good feature as one won't over-eat when their meal is packed in this way. I'm actually thinking to pack my lunch to office in this container. Another plus point, this inner plate is designed to be removed for easy cleaning.

You can see how the stainless steel inner plate fits into the outer casing nice and tight. This double layer design is very useful because it can keep food, especially soups or stew-y kind of meals warm for slightly longer. This is a good feature for kids who tend to take longer time to finish eating their meal. Cool!

Another point, you can easily fill the inner plate with hot food without worrying that the container will become too hot to handle because the outer casing will prevent the heat from scorching your hands.

The GO2 container also comes with a pair of stylish, ergonomic fork and spoon that fits easily and tightly into its own compartment. The clear top makes it obvious that they are there. So, you don't have to worry about forks and spoons getting lost during travel. This is a cool idea. Now I don't need to pack them separately in another pouch and end up couldn't find them anywhere when I need them urgently. Haha.

Lastly, this is the most important feature of the Thinksport GO2 Travel Container. Unlike many other lunch-style boxes, the GO2 container seals off each compartment. You can literally fill each compartment with different colored water, shake it and not have the colors mix because there is an embedded silicone matrix to seal off each area completely. You won't get your food mixed up ever again. I for one, never ever like my fresh fruit cuts tainted by chicken curry or my cheese sandwich soggy from yogurt, etc.

Now, let's come back and see how my toddler enjoys his breakfast in his GO2 container. In the largest compartment, I prepare an open-faced sandwich with natural cream cheese, whole-wheat cheese biscuits, and roasted cashew nuts. In the slightly smaller second compartment, I prepare hard-boiled chicken egg and quail eggs, and assorted Cheddar cheese cubes that I cut from a bigger block. Lastly, in the last compartment, I prepare fresh strawberries and a tiny box of raisins. Such hearty and healthy breakfast! Eh, I should have added some greens!

Okay, close it up. I shake the box and true enough, nothing get mixed up.

See my toddler's precious reaction when he sees the box.

Boy: Wah, mama, nice present! What is this box?
Me: It's breakfast? You want to eat?
Boy: Yes! I want to eat breakfast.

He gets pretty excited with the new fork and spoon and starts digging into his food. First thing first, cream cheese!

He's still trying to make up his mind…

...and finally, he decides to poke the biggest egg with the fork.

"Mmmm, yummy, mama!"

And of course, strawberries dipped in cream cheese.

Where to buy?

Thinksport GO2 Travel Container comes in blue, orange, white and pink. You can purchase them at TheJournie: http://thejournie.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=80_67&product_id=132

Journie Marketing is the authorized distributor for Thinkbaby & Thinksport. For more info, email them at thejournie@gmail.com.

About Thinkbaby & Thinksport

I mention above that GO2 Travel Container is free from phthalates, BPA, BPS, PET, lead, melamine, nitrosamines or biologically harmful chemicals. Why and how? Thinkbaby and Thinksport is founded in 2006. Founder, Kevin Brodwick brought his interest in health and preventative medicine and his background in biotechnology together to form a company whose sole purpose is to create alternative products for little ones to adults.

Thinkbaby and Thinksport products address the growing concern of toxic chemicals leaching from consumer products. Research has linked many chemicals in common use, including Bispenol-A and PVC, to cancer and developmental disorders.

They understand that keeping ourselves and our children safe and healthy is becoming increasingly challenging when it comes to products that we interact with. Their mission is to deliver products specifically formulated to be free of harmful chemicals.

Quoting Thinkbaby and Thinksport, "Our mission is directly inspired by those little hands that wrap around our baby bottles. The health and safety of children isn't just a powerful source of motivation at Thinkbaby, it is something we consider a responsibility."

Find out more about them on their website and Facebook page.

Note: The Thinksport GO2 Travel Container is sent to me by Journie Marketing for review purpose. All opinions are my own.