For The Love Of Lentils, Let’s Celebrate Dal Divas In Mumbai

For The Love Of Lentils, Let’s Celebrate Dal Divas In Mumbai

Love it when your favourite dal is being cooked in the kitchen with tempering that sizzles leaving you hungrier than ever to binge on your comfort food? Then give the one dish that’s kept you nourished and satiated a day that solely celebrates its soothing, delicious and warm nature. Join Rushina Mushaw Ghildiyal of APB Cook Studio and celebrate Dal Divas on 25th Jan.

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Ghildiyal has been teaching delicious food and cooking techniques at her studio in Mumbai and recognises the value of India food and traditional recipes. This is why she has started Food Observance Days and is dedicating a whole day to the ubiquitous Indian delicacy – dal. Speaking on length about the observance days Ghildiyal says, “Indian traditional culinary practices evolved and transformed over time as our cuisine evolved. Ingredients, their uses, cooking methods, food combinations, a seasonal food calendar, Indian dietetics, and dining etiquette have all been built into a system of traditional practices with a sound reason behind them.”

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As a kid I had always been the fussy one when it came to eating the “yellow dal,” because of it’s plainness. It is then that my mom started adding spicy tadkas to it as I grew older and even before I knew it, this became my favourite dal and my comfort food. Pair it with rice, jeera aloo, begun bhaja and the likes and you know it’s bound to give you a satisfaction like no other! On that note, what’re you doing for #DalDivas on 25th? 😊❤️ . . . . . . . . #daltadka #dalmakhani #cookingram #vegetarian #foodisfuel #foodstagram #foodstyling #follow4follow #mumbai #homefood #homecooking #mondaymotivation #january #thaali #eatingfortheinsta #canon7d #shotoniphone7plus #flavour #buzzfeedfood #foodiesofinstagram #food #foodblogger #foodlover #dinner #fff #bowlofhappiness #buddhabowl

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“But we are losing touch with them. Indian Food Observance Days suggested by me follow the Indian seasonal food calendar. Pickles would have been put down in April, masalas would be ground in May, and mutton would be eaten in the winter. A day dedicated to any of these means, we will stop and make that pickle or grind that masala like our predecessors would have and follow a cycle that’s existed for centuries! I love the idea of coming together around food. These days will make us stop to think about something we love to eat or someone that cooks for us, something we can savour…and it makes us smile.”

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In India our introduction to Dal begins at a very early stage. One of the first meal offered to most newborns is a mash of dal – a source of protein that is easy to swallow and gives that much needed nutrition too. No wonder it is a flavour most of us are most familiar with. One of my parent’s favourite story to tell is that of when I was just a day old baby, who was born on Gurupurab and hence the first time I tasted dal was when a distant relative who was coming from the gurudwara packed a little “langar waali dal” and made me lick a little bit of that as “Prasad!” So yeah, I started really early and no wonder it is a dish that I NEED in every meal! It is #DalDivas on 25th January, a day to celebrate this common and yet taken for granted dish of every Indian household. You’ll celebrate too, won’t you? 😊 . . . . . . . . #dal #india #rajma #thaali #foodporn #food #foodstagram #foodlove #foodblogger #eatingfortheinsta #shotoniphone7plus #foodiegram #regionalfood #mumbai #eatlocal #lunch #followforfollow #foodies #homemadefood #tasty #protein #vegan #lunch #vegetarian #antique #lovemydal #dalmakhani #daltadka

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APB Cook Studio and Ghildiyal encourages everyone to celebrate Dal Divas and ways to do that are plenty. One can share heirloom recipes, have a dal exchange with neighbours, explore dal from a whole other region of Indian and try their hand at making it. If you simply like to eat, you can simply click a nice image of your favourite dal cooked at home and upload it on social media to

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