Monday, September 07, 2009

Bottles, Dals and Kitchen decor!

Most of my pet-jars in the kitchen seem to have one or the other kind of dal. Some white, some round, some cut, some yellow, some small, some large. I don't have a clue what half of them are. Thanks to this great fact that you can't substitute one type of dal for another in any Indian dish, I ended up with all these varities. And with each visit of parents, one more new type gets included!
This weekend, as I washed and dried all the bottles under the sun I decided to do some dal-sorting. Most of the dals were beyond their expiriy date. Some jars even had a small, yet, thriving eco-system in them.
Idea! I had 3 pretty-OK shaped bottles. Few nice looking but not edible dal packets. And some time to spare.
So came up with these for my kitchen window sil :-D
Felt they looked nice!

(click image for an enlarged view)

Want to try? Its too simple to be explained in steps. So here goes some tips:
  1. Ensure that the jars are perfectly dry before you begin this!
  2. Take care to use a funnel to put the dal through narrow-mouthed bottles.
  3. Masoor dal gives a vibrant look to it. Use it in plenty.
  4. I used an old packet of rock salt for the white portion. Salt/Sugar can also be used.
  5. I even stuffed a few dried-red-chilles near the top of the bottle.
  6. You can add ANY stuff from your kitchen here. Don't stop at dals. I have added even a saunf layer!
  7. And yes, you might have to sacrifice some of the good green-gram and other dals which you use frequently. Don't depend ONLY on the stuffs which have outlived their expiry dates!

That is it, I guess :-D
My attempt doesn't look all that neat. But I got so excited with the idea that I had to-had to-had to blog it :-p


sandeep said...

next time vertical aayi arrange cheythu nokku.. steps njan paranju tharaam.. :)

Vimal Gasper said...

Good job... angayude oru kalabhodham...
Btw, kazhikkan ulla sadanangal waste cheyyaruthu... :P

usha said...

Its sooo WOW!

I'm all for DIYs and re-using stuff creatively. and psst.. I must have a few packs of assorted dals waiting for their expiry dates in my kitchen shelf too.. lemme go check! :P

സന്ദീപ്‌ ഉണ്ണിമാധവന്‍ said...

kollam kollam ... nalla designs :)

kangna said...

hmmm,our grainaries r rotting away,mayb yu shud sell them tis idea :P

brigthens up yur kitchen cool :)

Soorya said...

@sandeep uvvu uvvu :-p

@Vimal Gasper Heheh.. Angayude food-obsession :-p !

@usha thanks! and hurry up :)

@sandeep unnimadhavan :-D Danks!

@kangna aah.. u think i should! I could do with some money infact :-p

Anonymous said...

Looks Good!!!

skpan said...

:) nice creativity! Adding to it, a tip to cook it all in one go without taking time to separate them.

Dump all these into a bowl containing water. Let the rock salt dissolve; by that time dals and grams will get softer. Drain the salty water and add fresh water. Skim out the Wet red-chilles. Cook all of them together. Add oil and wet red chillies.

I hope saunf won't taste that bad!

Flyaway Mind said... is coollll..hope the local insect population doesnt add one more layer to that ;)

Vaishnavi said...

That looks so cool!

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