When I was younger, dhal was a weekly staple in our home. I remember my mom feeding me at a young age. She would mix rice, butter and dhal with her hands and form a little fistful of dhal bhat. (bhat = rice). To this day, this is a flavor that I will never forget. It’s a meal I will never forget. It’s a memory that I will always have of my mom. Eating from her hands.
As an adult, I’ve realized how versatile dhal can be. It’s been a great way to introduce spices to my babies. It’s been a great side dish to any fry meats or vegetables but also a main dish for my vegetarian daughter. Making this recipe in an instant pot makes life so much easier, especially because I always forget to soak my lentils overnight.
It’s been over a year since the birth of Priya Jai, our ‘pandemic baby’ and somedays it feels like the longest year of my life, and other days I can’t believe she’s already fourteen months old. Over the last year I’ve been lucky to share our story of pregnancy during Covid-19 and giving birth on the brink of a world wide shut down. As strong mamas do, I tend to brush the experience off by praising how far we’ve come and how the pandemic is almost in the rear view. I think that’s the best we can do. But it wasn’t that easy and honestly it shouldn’t be brushed it off, because quite frankly, women don’t talk about post-partum as much as we should.
It seems to me that March is always a hectic time in our home. Especially around the girl’s birthdays. Mila especially. On her first birthday we had just bought our home. Her second birthday I had just gotten home from Australia but managed to pull off her party. Her third birthday I had just gotten home from the hospital with her baby sister Priya (born 4 days before her birthday) also during covid. And this year, both Mario and I were in the middle of huge career transitions, in fact it was my first day of work at my new job that week.